Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 is not coming in September 2023

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 is not coming to NBC in September 2023
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Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4.

There is no doubt that as we approach the fall of 2023, fans are now wondering what the current status of the beloved crime drama television series has been since the series was renewed for a fourth season at NBC, which has caused fans to speculate what’s in store for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character Elliot Stable. The fandom is wondering when he will return to tackle a whole new wave of unexpected twists at every turn that promises to be an exhilarating ride! 

To say the least, viewers will be curious to see how the story of these beloved characters and their journey will be continued for another season. So, if you are wondering what new developments have been happening so far behind the scenes, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place to know all your answers about the much-anticipated fourth season, which we definitely think is going to captivate the audience once again as it has been doing since its inception back in 2021!  

Here is everything we know so far about NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4. 

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 is not coming to NBC in September 2023

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 Release Date: When will it return on NBC?

We regret to inform you that the eagerly awaited fourth season of Law & Order: Organized Crime will not be available on NBC in September 2023, let alone in the remaining months of this year! We say this with absolute certainty because the show was never intended to be a part of the 2023–24 fall broadcast season, making the fandom wait for longer than they anticipated, as it’s only been a few months since the renewal was announced earlier this year, which initially was a great update to give the fandom a heads up about the timeline, but the tables have quickly turned for the NBC network. 

If you’ve been watching Law & Order: Organized Crime for a while, then you’ll probably know that even though the show was renewed for the 2023–2024 television season alongside SVU and the flagship Law & Order, as well as all three of Dick Wolf’s One Chicago shows. But with the turn of events, according to recent reports, the beloved show will be taking a long hiatus this time around and is aiming for a 2024 release window on NBC, with January to May 2024 being the ideal release window as it is also expected to air every Thursday at 10/9c on NBC and later on Peacock.  

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 is not coming to NBC in September 2023

In short, the show was always anticipated to be back next year! Hence, it has been secured against the abrupt changes in its release window due to the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which sadly hasn’t reached any resolution yet, hence causing major rescheduling, including the release of the other two Law & Order series. Moreover, The Writers Guild released a video saying that the studios “are in the process of wrestling amongst themselves” for a deal to end the ongoing writers’ strike, which has crossed the 100-day mark!

“We are not on strike out of greed, nor do we begrudge the companies their success or deny their struggles. We must all succeed together,” WGA Negotiating Committee co-chair Chris Keyser says in the video addressing WGA members. “But the changes that the companies have orchestrated in the business have made the profession of writing untenable for us and for everyone who comes after us. And that hasn’t changed because they waited 102 days to talk to us and have taken their time since then. Our feet and backs may ache, but our cause is the same. Our case is the same.”

Finally, the premiere dates for Law & Order: SVU Season 25 and Law & Order Season 23 have been moved to the first or second quarter of 2024. In a nutshell, Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 was always intended to premiere next year, and it has remained unaffected by the ongoing dual strikes: WGA and SAG-AFTRA. Additionally, the official Law & Order Twitter handle also confirmed the release window, quoting, “Thanks for joining us for an exceptional season finale! #LawAndOrder and #SVU return Thursdays this fall, and #OrganizedCrime returns in 2024 only on @nbc and streaming on @peacock.” 

Check out the official post confirming the release window below:

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 Plot: What to expect from the new season?

As we know by now, this series differs from other shows in the franchise in several notable ways. Unlike the other shows, storyline arcs generally span several episodes each rather than wrap up in one or two episodes. The first story arc spanned the entire eight-episode season, and the second season will be divided into three arcs across twenty-four episodes. The storylines featured are also not “ripped from the headlines” but instead ones that are similar to those of gangster, mafia, and crime movies of the 1970s and ’80s, most notably The Godfather and Taxi Driver

It is also the only series in the franchise to feature criminals as main characters, excluding Law & Order True Crime, which was based on true events. Finally, the show doesn’t make use of the scene card transitions used by the other shows. It is the eighth US series in the Law & Order franchise and is the seventh US series in the franchise to air. The next season is anticipated to expand the core premise of the show, which follows the detectives of the Organized Crime Control Bureau as they work to dismantle New York City’s most vicious and violent illegal enterprises. 

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 is not coming to NBC in September 2023

Additionally, we speculate that the details about the storyline might have also been kept under wraps due to the ongoing strikes, which might have caused a temporary halt in the creative team’s ability to create scripts and led to a longer break until any resolution. “I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” Wolf said in a statement. “All six shows being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers, and writers. I’d also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.” 

“I like the serialized nature of the storytelling,” Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) told Nerds of Color.  He continued, “It’s great to wake up every day and have a challenge because it is. You’re going there to fix things, it’s a rare day where you’re like, ‘Oh, the scene is perfect. Everything’s perfect.’ You’re always just fixing, tinkering, and that’s it. So that takes all your energy, and that’s interesting. But the crew, and I feel it’s reciprocated, it really is just a great atmosphere to go, and try and create in with these people. Then you get to work with the people and you get the great guest stars.” 

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 is not coming to NBC in September 2023

We would like to emphasize that the exact plotlines of the new season haven’t been disclosed, as everything has been kept hush-hush! But we are certain that the fourth season will undoubtedly pick up from the final episode of the third season, With Many Names,” in which the viewers will get to see that as OCCB and SVU close in on a callous and desperate suspect, the U.S. Attorney benches Stabler and Benson. Bell and Fin must lead the team on a perilous task, and Rollins confronts a witness who refuses to cooperate.

While you never know what criminal organization is growing behind closed doors! We’ll just have to wait and see what direction the creators take for the next chapter. Until then, the fans are free to speculate on the character arcs and debate the significance of the third season finale episode, which will definitely pick up the plot in the new season as it is crucial to address that major cliffhanger! 

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 Cast: Who will return?

The main cast members of the series who are expected to reprise their roles in the fourth season are as follows: Christopher Meloni as Detective 1st Grade Elliot Stabler, Danielle Moné Truitt as Sergeant Ayanna Bell, Ainsley Seiger as Detective 3rd Grade Jet Slootmaekers, Brent Antonello as Detective Jamie Whelan, and Rick Gonzalez as Detective Bobby Reyes. 

In addition to this, Dick Wolf, Sean Jablonski, Bryan Goluboff, Barry O’Brien, John Polson, Paul Cabbad, Arthur Forney, Christopher Meloni, and Peter Jankowski serve as executive producers. Law & Order: Organized Crime” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment. We would like to highlight that the series might get a new showrunner, as David Graziano was brought in only to oversee the final three episodes of Season 3. 

“We understand the emotional connection our audience has with these characters and we can’t wait to bring more of their stories to the forefront next season,” Lisa Katz, the president of scripted programming at NBCUniversal and Streaming, said in a statement. Further adding, “A huge thank you to Dick and his amazing team who are the masters of producing incredibly compelling television week after week.”

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 is not coming to NBC in September 2023

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 Official Episode Count: Where to stream?

As of writing this, we can assure the readers that the official episode count of the new season has been revealed by the network to be around 13 episodes with an average runtime of 40 to 49 minutes, which are expected to drop on a weekly basis. The episode count is lower due to very specific plans that are best accomplished with a reduced order. Details about the episode titles and synopsis will be disclosed later once the release date draws close in order to avoid spoilers. 

When Law & Order: Organized Crime’s Season 4 is released with the entire Law & Order franchise, it will air on NBC and later be available to watch on the official website based on the user’s location. It will air alongside Season 23 of Law & Order and Season 25 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The viewers can catch up with all the seasons of Law & Order: Organised Crime on Peacock, Hulu Plus, and FuboTV, which is ideal for international viewers. The series is also available for renting or purchasing on Vudu or Amazon Instant Video, with a vast number of membership plans. On the other hand, the series can also be watched by international users using a VPN on NBC’s official website for free, where the episodes are published after they air on the TV channel.

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 Frequently Asked Questions

When was Law & Order: Organized Crime renewed for Season 4?

The fourth season of Law & Order: Organized Crime was confirmed on April 10, 2023. It is slated to premiere in January 2024. It will air alongside Season 23 of Law & Order and Season 25 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, sometime around January 2024. This season will consist of 13 episodes due to very specific plans, which are best accomplished with a reduced order.

Is there any official teaser or trailer available for Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4?

As stated previously, the new episodes have not been filmed yet! Hence, there is no official teaser or trailer for the upcoming season. Moreover, it takes time for such promotional stuff to be published, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere of the new episodes. So, there is a lot of time left for such a promotional tour to begin.

Where can the international audience stream the show?

In Canada, Organised Crime airs on CityTV in conjunction with NBC, in contrast to previous Law & Order shows with American settings, all of which have been broadcast on CTV. The direct lead-in episode of SVU was broadcast on CTV in opposition to the debut of its spin-off on CityTV at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT because of obligations to other Thursday night programs, such as Grey’s Anatomy. Lastly, In Australia, seasons 2-3 can be streamed for free on catch-up TV service 9Now.

While you wait for more updates, catch up on the previous seasons of Law & Order: Organized Crime on NBC in order to recall the plotlines that have transpired so far.