Law & Ordertimes three

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Just days after NBC execs canceled Dick Wolf's new series
Deadline
, they announced a new deal for his third
Law & Order

series.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent

has been given a 13-episode commitment and will debut next season. It will have a shared broadcast window with USA Network-similar to the one in place for
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
. Rene Balcer, a 10-year veteran of
Law & Order
, will serve as executive producer and head writer for
Criminal Intent
, which will go into the motives and psychological aspects of crimes, producers say. NBC has already renewed the original
Law & Order

through the 2004-05 season and
Special Victims Unit

through 2001-02.

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