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NBC orders new 'Law & Order' series about hate crimes

NBC orders new 'Law & Order' series about hate crimes
Dick Wolf serves as co-creator and executive producer on the forthcoming drama. (NBC)

Nearly 28 years after “Law & Order” first aired, the franchise keeps growing.

On Tuesday, NBC announced it has ordered 13 episodes of “Law & Order: Hate Crimes,” a series inspired by New York City’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

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The new unit will be introduced in the latter part of the upcoming 20th season of “SVU,” according to NBC.

The spinoff is co-created by Dick Wolf, the executive producer and driving force behind the “Law & Order” and “Chicago” franchises, and Warren Leight, former showrunner of "Law & Order: SVU.”

The series will aim to tackle a relevant subject matter at a time when hate crimes are on the rise in major American cities, noted the press statement from NBC.

“As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail,” Wolf said in the statement.

A premiere date for the series has not been announced.

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