Dick Wolf believes Law & Order: SVU can last another five seasons and surpass the original Law & Order‘s 20 season run.
The creator told Digital Spy:
“That’s five more years, which is daunting but possible. I must say that I think this last season of SVU was probably the best in 10 years.
If we can keep doing that every year – if [showrunner] Warren Leight can keep up the marathon pace – you never know what’s possible. I’d love it to happen.”
Wolf refuted suggestions that the long-running police procedural was close to being cancelled by NBC prior to its Season 16 renewal, saying the show was never “in crisis”:
“There are negotiations every year. The show after 15 years is very expensive for an hour drama. So the network wanted it back, it was just a question of ‘Can we afford to have it back?’.”