Law & Order: Organized Crime Leaving TV For Season 5

By TeeJay Small | Published

It seems that NBC is making a wide array of changes to many Dick Wolf TV shows this year, Law & Order: Organized Crime will be shifting from its home on cable to premiering new episodes exclusively on streaming. Executives for the show are currently in the process of finalizing a 10-episode deal, which will see Season 5 of Law & Order: Organized Crime airing directly on the NBCUniversal in-house streamer Peacock.

This comes just days after waves of announcements regarding the status of other Dick Wolf series’ such as FBI, Chicago P.D., and Law & Order SVU.

Last Of The Franchise To Be Renewed

Law & Order: Organized Crime was the last of the shows in the ever-expanding universe of crime procedurals headed by Wolf to have its fate decided this week. It was previously reported that all three variations of the FBI franchise would be renewed for additional seasons, with FBI showrunner Rick Eid stepping down to focus on helming Law & Order.

Additionally, NBC has announced that Chicago P.D. will be going on a mid-season hiatus while Wolf and company shift their focus toward producing the down-South true crime series Sins of the South.

Organized Crime Is Big On Peacock

At this point, it should come as no surprise that NBC is shifting its lineup toward Peacock, as there are numerous true crime programs under the Dick Wolf umbrella that perform well across multiple platforms. Law & Order: Criminal Intent was previously shifted from NBC to the USA network, while series’ such as Chicago Med and Law & Order are well-documented overachievers on streaming.

By the numbers, it seems like most fans of Law & Order: Organized Crime are already watching these true crime procedurals on Peacock, so it only makes sense to have at least one series premiere new episodes exclusively on there.

Series Follows The Work Of Elliot Stabler

Law & Order: Organized Crime centers on Detective Elliot Stabler, who previously served as the main character of SVU, before uprooting his life and moving his family to Italy. Now, Stabler has returned to New York, changed by having suffered devastating losses, with the intention of investigating organized crime in the Big Apple. The series is far more serialized and character-driven than previous Law & Order franchise entries, making it an ideal candidate for a streaming-only venture in its fifth season and beyond.

An Ensemble Procedural

The main cast of Law & Order: Organized Crime includes Christopher Meloni, who plays Stabler, as well as Danielle Moné Truitt, Ainsley Seiger, Rick Gonzalez, Nicky Torchia, and Brent Antonello. Mariska Hargitay‘s Captain Olivia Benson has also appeared in over a dozen episodes of the show, welcoming her long-time partner back into the fold as the shifting public view of policing impacts the task force’s ability to operate.

More Dick Wolf Shows Coming

Despite the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes of 2023 imposing major delays on Hollywood productions, the 2024 television season seems to finally be in full swing. With Law & Order: Organized Crime switching to Peacock for Season 5, there’s no telling how this will impact the overall NBC lineup.

Given Dick Wolf’s propensity for delivering tons of new programming, the most likely course will probably see Organized Crimes‘ time slot taken by a new program in the near future, such as the upcoming Sins of the South.