NBC's 'Law & Order' Getting 20th SeasonNBC orders 16 episodes of long-running crime procedural 5/18/2009 09:34:28 PM Eastern
NBC is believed to have finally come to terms on a landmark 20th season for Dick Wolf staple Law & Order.
As had been rumored for months, Peacock will pick the mothership - as Wolf affectionately calls the original L&O -- up for 16 episodes, and likely air it in midseason, much as it did this season.
NBC declined to comment.
Law & Order is one of several series that have come down to the wire as 11th hour re-negotiations stalled a pickup announcement. Nets are looking to hold the line on license fees, while studios and producers are trying to figure out how to produce a show wil a slashed budget.
A 20th season of L&O was never really in doubt. Although the show doesn't perform like it once did, it's still a signature player for NBC - and Wolf was keen to see the show mark its 20th anniversary.
(Michael Schneider writes for B&C sister publication Daily Variety)