‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Matt Olmstead Exits As Showrunner Of ‘SVU’ Spinoff Starring Christopher Meloni
There is a change at the helm of the upcoming NBC series Law & Order: Organized Crime, starring Christopher Meloni as his Law & Order: SVU character Elliot Stabler. Matt Olmstead has stepped down as writer-showrunner. There is no immediate replacement.
There was a hint at the behind-the-scene change when Wolf Entertainment and Universal TV recently set up production start dates for all of their joint series but Law & Order: Organized Crime, initially part of NBC’s fall 2020 fall schedule.
The SVU spinoff drama revolves around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler.
According to sources, a decision was made to take extra time crafting the new series that reintroduces a beloved character alongside the original Law & Order: SVU series that tackles the NYPD. There has been extra scrutiny on portraying police work on TV following the death of George Floyd and the national unrest it sparked.
Switching showrunners early on is not uncommon for Wolf series. FBI went through multiple showrunner changes before and right after the series’ premiere on CBS. It went on to become the most watched new series of the season and is now headed into Season 3 after successfully launching a spinoff.
Olmstead, whose exit was first reported by THR, is a Wolf Entertainment veteran as co-creator and original showrunner of Chicago P.D. He will continue to develop under his overall deal with Universal TV, part of Universal Studio Group.
Law & Order: Organized Crime is executive produced by Wolf, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.
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