The newest iteration of NBC’s long-running Law & Order franchise has been announced, and it will be focused on hate crimes.

NEW LAW & ORDER SERIES WILL TACKLE HATE CRIMES

Dick Wolf will serve as the executive producer on the 13-episode order of Law & Order: Hate Crimes. The forthcoming season of the current iteration of the drama show, Law & Order: SVU, will introduce the Hate Crimes concept to viewers.

“As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail,” Wolf discussed. “Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms — with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson — a real dialogue can begin. That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level.”

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Warren Leight, series co-creator, adds that Hate Crimes will showcase people “on the front lines in a battle for the soul of our city and nation.” New York City will be the setting for Hate Crimes.

Lisa Katz, NBC’s co-president of scripted programming, claims the nature of this program is a seamless fit for the current geopolitical landscape. “Considering that last year there was a double-digit rise in hate crimes in our 10 largest cities — the highest total in over a decade — it seemed like this topic is begging to be explored,” Katz explained.

Additional detail regarding the show’s expected premiere date and its casting will come later.