Law & Order Spinoff Starring Christopher Meloni Delayed at NBC as Showrunner Exits

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The Law & Order: SVU spinoff starring Christopher Meloni has been delayed.

Production on Law & Order: Organized Crime — and the return of Meloni’s beloved Elliot Stabler character — continues to take shape, PEOPLE confirms.

Meanwhile, previously announced showrunner Matt Olmstead is exiting the series. He formerly had a four-year run with Wolf Entertainment and inked a three-year overall deal to return to Universal TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the delay.

Organized Crime was originally planned to air Thursdays at 10 p.m. this fall —  following Law & Order: SVU — though a premiere date was not announced. THR reports that the show is still slated to air in the 2020-21 broadcast season.

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SVU’ spinoff with Christopher Meloni delayed after showrunner exits

The “Law & Order: SVU” spinoff centering around Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler has been delayed.

The news comes as a result of a showrunner change, with Matt Olmstead exiting the role for creative reasons, Variety has confirmed with sources. Olmstead has plenty of history in the Dick Wolf stable of shows, having co-created and helped launch “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago Fire.”

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” was previously scheduled to premiere on NBC in the fall, however, back in August it was nowhere to be seen in a revised fall schedule issued by the network. Sources say it is still on course to air sometime in the 2020-2021 season, which is being heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. It will now begin a search for a new showrunner, with Olmstead likely to move to a different Wolf property, sources say.

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