Despite being one of the most-anticipated TV projects of 2020, Law & Order: Organized Crime appears unlikely to happen this year. The SVU spin-off starring Christopher Meloni has suspended production after showrunner Matt Olmstead exited the show. There is still no date set for the series to restart production or premiere on NBC.
Christopher Meloni's Law & Order: SVU spin-off suspended
Producer Dick Wolf and NBC had hoped that Organized Crime would be released in the 2020-21 TV season, but these plans were unable to be carried out due to the pandemic along with problems on the production team.
Today, Variety reported that multiple sources confirmed the departure of Matt Olmstead, showrunner of the series, due to creative differences.
After the departure of Olmstead, a veteran of series such as Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., NBC decided to postpone production of the show and begin searching for a new creative team leader for the series.
Law & Order: Organized Crime: Setbacks delay release
Matt Olmstead is not the first person from the series crew to make headlines for exiting the Meloni-starring spin-off.
In June of this year, Craig Gore, a screenwriter on Organized Crime, was fired by Dick Wolf after he posted a series of threatening messages about protests in Los Angeles after George Floyd's death.
Organized Crime is still expected to air in the 2020-21 TV season, but a premiere this year appears unlikely. Franchise star SVU resumed production last month and is scheduled for a mid-November premiere for season 22. Wolf also confirmed that Meloni's previously-announced return to SVU would wait until Organized Crime premieres.