'Law & Order' Spinoff Will Focus on Hate Crimes

NBC has ordered 13 episodes of 'Law & Order: Hate Crimes,' a series that will draw inspiration from NYC's Hate Crimes Task Force.


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The Law & Order franchise keeps on growing.

On Tuesday, NBC announced it has ordered 13 episodes of a new spinoff series called Law & Order: Hate Crimes. Deadline reports the series will draw inspiration from New York City’s Hate Crimes Task Force—a unit dedicated to investigating crimes motivated by discrimination.

Though the show could shed more light on a serious and topical subject, we can’t help but think the studio is playing with fire. Hate crimes have been on the rise for the last several years, and have been widely attributed to the ascent of Donald Trump, the neo-Nazi sympathizer who’s running our country.

If the team behind Hate Crimes approaches this complex topic carefully and thoughtfully, it could very well become a success; however, if they fail to provide meaningful insight into these varieties of crimes, it could potentially harm the conversation about race relations in the U.S.

I eagerly(?) await the gay panic defense episode of Law & Order: Hate Crimes Unit.

— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) September 4, 2018

Now, there is a Law & Order: Hate Crimes show that I actually thought was an Onion joke.

— Ryan Moses (@moewriter) September 4, 2018

If you're gonna do it, just bring back regular Law & Order with Lt. Van Buren and another dope detective pair.

Nobody wants to see Law and Order: Hate Crimes when Trump is in the White House. That's the ultimate hate crime. pic.twitter.com/MfKJuVMO0H

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) September 4, 2018

"Law & Order: Hate Crimes"

— 🇺🇸 MrMank (it/that/huh?) 🇺🇸 (@MrMank) September 4, 2018

Guessing this Law & Order: Hate Crimes show will basically be about arresting Trump supporters? pic.twitter.com/uR2n16QSZk

— Remember the Jefferson Ave 10 #BuffaloStrong (@SethFromThe716) September 4, 2018

Law & Order: Hate Crimes lmaooooooooooooo stop it

— Lincoln (@BathGod_) September 4, 2018

The Hate Crimes spinoff will be introduced in the upcoming season of Law & Order: SVU. The series was co-created by Dick Wolf and Warren Leight, the former showrunner of SVU.

“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 told Deadline. “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.”

NBC has yet to announce a premiere date for Hate Crimes

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