NBC renews ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ picks up ‘Chicago Fire’


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NBC has renewed its long-running drama ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and is getting even cozier with Dick Wolf, picking up his pilot ‘Chicago Fire’ for the 2012-13 season.

Despite some setbacks -- a dip in viewership, the exit of costar Christopher Meloni and a change in leadership with Warren Leight (‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent, ‘In Treatment’) -- the Wednesday night crime procedural continues to be an important asset for the network. The renewal takes the series into its 14th season.


And NBC’s addition of ‘Chicago Fire’ expands its already established relationship with Wolf. The show, which like ‘Law & Order: SVU’ is from Wolf Films and Universal Television, centers on the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department -- think ‘ER’ with hoses and flames. The series, which stars Taylor Kinney (‘The Vampire Diaries’) and Jesse Spencer (‘House’), is the second drama the network has picked up for the 2012-2013 season, joining previously announced J.J. Abrams-produced ‘Revolution.’


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