‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Moving to Peacock for Season 5

Updated May 9: Peacock has confirmed the show’s move from NBC and noted that John Shiban will return as showrunner.

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Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Peacock is putting the finishing touches on a deal that would see Law & Order: Organized Crime move from NBC to the streamer for a fifth season consisting of 10 episodes.

Reps for Peacock, NBC, producers Universal Television and executive producer Dick Wolf declined to comment, as a deal has yet to officially close.

Marking a return to the L&O world for franchise favorite Chris Meloni, Organized Crime has overperformed on Peacock with the streamer serving as the streaming home for all things Dick Wolf. Once the deal is formalized, Peacock will now have a Wolf original series to go with next-day episodes of NBC’s already renewed L&O flagship as well as SVU. NBC renewed five of its six Wolf-produced procedurals in March, leaving Organized Crime on the bubble and prompting fan campaigns to save the show.

Organized Crime is a more serialized version of the L&O franchise. The series was initially scheduled for a midseason bow on NBC’s 2023-24 schedule, but that was before last year’s writers and actors strikes delayed nearly all of broadcast’s scripted originals. The fourth season returned in January alongside the revived flagship and Mariska Hargitay-led SVU and is now on its sixth different showrunner across its four seasons, with John Shiban currently at the helm.

In terms of episode counts, 10 hours would be Organized Crime’s lowest order to date. Season four consists of 13 episodes — impacted by the strikes, of course — while season one consisted of only eight. Seasons two and three featured a full 22-episode order each.

Organized Crime becomes the latest NBC offering to move to the company’s streaming platform with original episodes. Peacock’s first-ever scripted comedy was the Lorne Michaels-produced A.P. Bio, which was revived more than a month after NBC canceled the Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt series. Daytime soap Days of Our Lives also migrated from NBC to Peacock, where it continues to run in originals.

The move of Organized Crime opens up a slot on NBC’s 2024-25 schedule and comes after the network has already renewed Chicago Fire, Med and PD; L&O and SVU; as well as rookies Found and The Irrational. The network already has Zachary Quinto dramas Dr. Wolf and The Hunting Party earmarked for next season, with two drama pilots — Suits L.A. and Grosse Pointe Garden Society — in the works.

On the cancellation front, sophomore drama Quantum Leap has been canceled, and La Brea and CBS transfer Magnum P.I. have both already ended their respective runs. With Organized Crime now off the books, NBC’s remaining bubble shows are both multicamera comedies, as Night Court and Lopez vs. Lopez remain on the bubble, with mockumentary St. Denis Medical already ordered for next season.

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