New Law & Order spin-off cancelled despite series order

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Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

In news sure to disappoint Law & Order fans, the series' recently confirmed spin-off, For the Defense, has already been cancelled.

Law & Order: For the Defense was confirmed back in May, with US network NBC picking up the drama straight-to-series. As the name suggests, the series was set to "take an unbiased look inside a criminal defense firm".

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

According to Deadline, a decision was made not to proceed with the spin-off despite For the Defense progressing to the casting stage – although it's uncertain whether NBC, Dick Wolf, or Universal Television ultimately made the call.

It's not all bad news, though, as reports suggest that another new series is currently in development under the Law & Order banner. Details currently remain a mystery, but any future spin-off is tipped to move away from the format of a legal drama.

There's also the continued survival of Law & Order: Organized Crime, which was recently renewed for a second season.

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

Related: Law & Order: Organized Crime – everything you need to know

Organized Crime was first ordered to series back in March of last year, and sees Chris Meloni reprise his role as Detective Elliot Stabler. In the series, Stabler returns to the NYPD to lead a task force that deals with international organised crime.

Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays on NBC in the US. The show airs on Sky Witness in the UK, with select episodes available on NOW.

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