Friday, May 12, 2017

NBC Renews 'Law & Order: SVU'; Cancels 'The Blacklist: Redemption'

Just a day after renewing The Blacklist for a fifth season, NBC has cancelled its spinoff The Blacklist: Redemption after one season.

It was also announced today that NBC has renewed Law & Order: SVU for its nineteenth season.

The drama starred Famke Janssen, Ryan Eggold, Edi Gathegi, Tawny Cypress and Adrian Martinez.

Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, Lukas Reiter and J.R. Orci created the series. They executive produced with John Davis, John Fox, John Terlesky and David Amann. Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television and Davis Entertainment produce.

In its first season, the drama averaged a 1.2 rating in the key Adults 18-49 demographic and 6.3 million total viewers, in Live+7 numbers.

As a result of the cancellation, Eggold is set to rejoin The Blacklist as a series regular for the upcoming fifth season. It's unclear if any of the other characters or story from the spinoff will segue to the original series.

The renewal for Law & Order: SVU is for Season 19. The pickup means it's just two seasons shy of breaking the all-time record for longest running live-action primetime drama series. Gunsmoke and Law & Order are currently tied for the record at 20 seasons each.

The news also means executive producer Dick Wolf will have five shows on NBC in the 2017-18 broadcast seasons. SVU joins the already renewed Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med as well as new drama Law & Order: True Crime. The fate of Chicago Justice is still up in the air.

In Season 18, the drama is averaging a 2.5 rating in the key Adults 18-49 demographic and 9 million total viewers, in Live+7 numbers.

The current cast includes Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino and Raúl Esparza.