Bratt left the show at the end of Season 9, stating that it was an amicable departure and that he expected to return for guest appearances at some point. (He eventually returned for the Season 20 episode „Fed.”) Detective Curtis was disbarred for leaving the troupe to care for his wife, who was suffering from multiple sclerosis, in her final days. He was replaced by Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green, who was designed more as a loose cannon in the form of Logan of Noth than Curtis of Bratt.  (Briscoe was described as a recovering alcoholic, as Cragen had been; Green has been described as a recovering problem gambler.) In 2000, Steven Hill announced that he would leave the series after season 10. Hill, who was the last remaining member of the original cast, said his departure had been friendly with the producers. He was replaced by Dianne Wiest as acting district attorney Nora Lewin, and Adam Schiff was struck off screen to work with Jewish charities and human rights organizations in Europe. The idea of reviving Law & Order was first considered by NBC more than six years ago, with Sam Waterston stating at the time that he would be interested in repeating Jack McCoy. This official direct-to-series order comes a few months after NBC decided not to push the spin-off For the Defense while Hate Crimes is still in development (possibly for the Peacock streaming service). In addition to his ongoing work on the Law & Order franchise, Dick Wolf also co-created the Chicago franchise for NBC while producing three FBI shows at CBS. After working as a publicist on Madison Avenue and writing time for Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice, Dick Wolf pitched his own idea of police procedure to Fox in 1987 (stories that were ripped from the headlines!), and then-network boss Barry Diller ordered 13 episodes — but changed his mind the next day and called Wolf, to tell him they wouldn`t work together after all. Then CBS bought the pilot — but didn`t order any more episodes. Finally, NBC president Brandon Tartikoff gave Law & Order the green light in 1989, and it premiered on September 13, 1990. On September 28, 2021, NBC announced that it had ordered a 21st season; the premiere of which is scheduled for February 24, 2022.  While playing Detective Mike Logan, original series star Chris Noth was hanging out with real detectives. During a trip to the apartment of a missing woman with investigators from 34. NYPD district, one of the real cops caught a touch of Pine Sol. It turned out that the woman`s body was in the apartment, Noth recalled of the New York Times, and „the detective smelled death.” After the series aired, many of its stars remained in the Wolf Entertainment universe, including S. Epatha Merkerson (who played Anita Van Buren), who currently plays Sharon Goodwin in Chicago Med and appears in both Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. – all exist in the same world as the original Law & Order. After 12 years with Law & Order, Orbach announced in March 2004 that he would leave the show at the end of season 14 for the spin-off Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Lennie Briscoe was disbarred when he retired from the NYPD and later accepted a position as an investigator for the DA office.
He was replaced in the 27th District by Detective Joe Fontana, played by Dennis Farina. At the time, Orbach refused to give a reason for his departure, but it was eventually revealed that he had battled prostate cancer (for over 10 years) and that his role in Trial by Jury was designed to be less painful for him than his role in the original series. However, Orbach died of cancer on December 28, 2004 and was only featured in the first two episodes of Trial by Jury. (His character was later struck off and died off-screen, though this was not revealed in the original series until the Season 18 episode „Burn Card.”) At the end of season 3, NBC executives still felt that the series did not have enough female characters. On the orders of the network`s president at the time, Warren Littlefield, new female characters had to be added to the cast, otherwise the show could be canceled on its relegated Friday night slot. Wolf realized that since there were only six characters in the show, someone had to be fired. He decided to release Florek and Brooks from the regular list, and later said they were the two most difficult phone calls he had ever made. Although the producers initially claimed that the layoffs, particularly those of Brooks, who did not get along with Moriarty, were for other reasons, Wolf confirmed that the layoffs were on Littlefield`s orders.  Max Greevey, Logan`s first partner, played by George Dzundza, was shot on camera during the second season premiere because Dzundza had signed with L&O when it was originally scheduled to be filmed in Los Angeles. After discovering that they were staying in New York, the Dangerous Minds actor left the show after only one season, as he didn`t want to move his family across the country. The longevity and success of Law & Order has spawned six American television series (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Law & Order True Crime and Law & Order: Organized Crime) and a TV movie (Exiled: A Law & Order Movie), all of which use the name Law & Order.
While there were initially fears that the failure of such shows could harm the original series, the brand name was necessary because of the commercial appeal of such a brand name.  To distinguish it from other series in the franchise, Law & Order is often referred to as „The Mother Ship” by producers and critics.  NBC issued a serial direct order for a resumption of the original law and order; That is, the series has been renewed for season 21. Rick Eid, who has often worked with Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, will serve as the showrunner for the upcoming season. According to THR, it`s unclear which members of Law & Order`s original cast will return for the revival, but make no mistake, there will be familiar faces alongside new ones who will be introduced. Here`s what Wolf had to say about the show`s return in an official statement: Apparently, the original idea was for Claire to come out of the crash paralyzed and then leave the D.A. office to practice privately, but Hennessy denied to TV Guide in 2010 that it wasn`t her who wasn`t willing to return for a formal goodbye. „I made it clear that I wanted to come back,” she said.
„I found out they killed me by a friend who had seen the show and said, `Jill, they said you were dead! I was surprised because I always thought I would come back. Even now, I`d love to come back for weird flashbacks. The original series was also adapted for British television under the title Law & Order: UK, with the setting changed in London. Similarly, Law & Order: Criminal Intent was adapted for French and Russian television under the respective titles Paris criminal investigations and Закон и порядок. Преступный умысел, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit also had a Russian version, Закон и Порядок: Отдел Оперативных Расследований. The Law & Order franchise has been strong for three decades, with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit entering its 23rd season and the organized crime spin-off entering its second season. However, NBC`s flagship show itself hasn`t aired in 11 years, but that`s about to change. For those of you who were fans of Jack McCoy and the OG Law & Order characters, stay tuned as the series is revived with some of the original cast members.
During his initial 20-year tenure, Law & Order won numerous awards, including six Emmy Awards and numerous other nominations. While no actor stayed with the show for all 20 seasons, some of the most prominent faces over the years included Sam Waterston`s Jack McCoy, Jerry Orbach`s Lennie Briscoe, S.