Law & Order Criminal Attorney Drama for Defense Receives Series Order
Law & Order fans are used to seeing the prosecution defeat criminals. For a change, they will now be given a seat at the defense table.
The latest version of the franchise, titled Law & Order: For the Defense, will follow lawyers for a criminal defense firm, NBC announced on Monday. The drama skipped the pilot phase and received a series contract.
For the Defense, according to the official publication, will “examine lawyers and the criminal justice system and deliver on the promise of contemporary moral history each week.”
Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) becomes showrunner. Law & Order creators Dick Wolf, Arthur Forney, Julie Weitz, Peter Jankowski and Mendelsohn will be executive producers. Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment will produce.
“This new show is exciting for me personally,” said Wolf in a statement. “We’ve spent the last 30 years doing shows that took offense. Now it’s going to be great to play defense and it’s an honor and an opportunity for both of us to be able to watch TV with Carol, which has never been done before. “
Of course, Wolf is referring to the other Law & Order series, where crimes have traditionally been viewed from the point of view of police officers and prosecutors. Two other Law & Orders – SVU and Organized Crime – are currently on the air.
“We can’t wait to introduce the audience to the latest chapter from Law & Order, which examines a different angle on the criminal justice system,” added Lisa Katz, president of scripting, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, also by statement. “We’re excited about Dick Wolf’s consistently thought-provoking approach, as well as his collaboration with Carol Mendelsohn, with whom we’ve long wanted to do a series.”