The new spinoff has been axed!

'Law And Order: For The Defense' Officially Cancelled By NBC

'Law And Order: For The Defense' Officially Cancelled By NBC

While Law & Order: For The Defense was supposed to be part of NBC's fall lineup, the network has now canned it. The franchise's latest spinoff had received a series pickup, and was going to take a new approach to criminal justice. Find out more about the show that could have been!

Law & Order: For the Defense will no longer be coming to television screens this fall. As Deadline reports, the news recently broke that NBC has chosen not to move forward with the spinoff, which was set to begin filming.

Law & Order: For the Defense had made casting offers

Law & Order: For the Defense was supposed to become part of NBC's Thursday night lineup, joining the franchise's other spinoffs. As Deadline previously reported, the series would "put lawyers under the microscope, along with the criminal justice system, with every week delivering the promise of a contemporary morality tale."

However, while it was announced that Law & Order: For the Defense received a full series order, the show never even began filming! While it reportedly entered the casting stage and made offers to well-known actors, NBC ended up deciding to scrap the series altogether. At this time, a reason for its cancellation is not known.

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For the Defense the second Law & Order spinoff cancelled

The Law & Order franchise recently launched a successful spinoff called Law & Order: Organized Crime. Starring original SVU star Christopher Meloni, it made its debut after the highly-anticipated crossover between the two shows, which reunited Meloni with former co-star Mariska Hargitay.

There was also another Law & Order spinoff that never saw the light of day. Law & Order: Hate Crimes was announced last year, and said to have been likely to get picked up by Peacock. But despite these two shelved series, NBC has suggested that there will be even more Law & Order spinoffs in the works for fans to look forward to!