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NBC renews 'Law & Order: SVU,' picks up 'Chicago Fire'

May 9, 2012 | 11:31 am

NBC picks up Dick Wold's Chicago Fire
NBC has renewed its long-running drama "Law & Order: SVU" and is getting even cozier with Dick Wolf, picking up his pilot "Chicago Fire" for the 2012-13 season.

Despite some setbacks -- a dip in viewership, the exit of costar Christopher Meloni and a change in leadership with Warren Leight ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent, "In Treatment") -- the Wednesday night crime procedural continues to be an important asset for the network. The renewal takes the series into its 14th season.

And NBC's addition of "Chicago Fire" expands its already established relationship with Wolf. The show, which like "Law & Order: SVU" is from  Wolf Films and Universal Television, centers on the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department -- think "ER" with hoses and flames. The series, which stars  Taylor Kinney ("The Vampire Diaries") and Jesse Spencer ("House"), is the second drama the network has picked up for the 2012-2013 season, joining previously announced J.J. Abrams-produced "Revolution."


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 -- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Teri Reeves, left, as Hallie, David Eigenberg as Christopher Hermann, Charlie Barnett as Peter Mills, Lauren German as Leslie Shay, Monica Raymund as Gabriella Dawson, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Walter Boden, Merle Dandridge as Kay Fitori in "Chicago Fire." Credit: NBC