The thrilling world of crime and justice will once again have the beloved team of Law & Order return with its signature blend of plot twists and unforgettable characters, making it one of the long-running series that has continued to captivate audiences worldwide.
For the next chapter, the dedicated creators seem to have a lot of surprises planned for the loyal viewers, especially after knowing how the last season ended with a major cliffhanger, leading many to speculate where the police procedural and legal drama is headed now.
If you want to learn all the answers, then it’s time to buckle up and get ready to know everything about Law & Order Season 23.
Law & Order Season 23 Release Date: When will it premiere?
The new season is scheduled to return with its much-anticipated midseason premiere next year on Thursday, January 18, 2024, in the prime time slot of 8 p.m. at NBC, and later all the brand new episodes will be available to stream exclusively on Peacock. In addition to this, the season premiere will be accompanied by its sister shows, Law & Order: SVU, at 9 PM, followed by Law & Order: Organized Crime at 10 PM on the same broadcasting network.
Take a look at the official announcement, which was shared on X (formerly known as Twitter) with a short teaser, quoting, “Buckle up squad, we’re going for a ride. #LawAndOrder, #SVU, and #OrganizedCrime will return January 18 on @NBC.”
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Law & Order Season 23 Plot: What to expect?
Nothing about the plot has been revealed since the network does not want any early spoilers to emerge before viewers get a chance to see the new season. But we are certain it will be true to its original premise, which follows:
“Lives hang in the balance as detectives and prosecutors pursue justice in New York City. In cases ripped from the headlines, police investigate serious and often deadly crimes, weighing the evidence and questioning the suspects until someone is taken into custody. The district attorney’s office then builds a case to convict the perpetrator by proving the person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Working together, these expert teams navigate all sides of the complex criminal justice system to make New York a safer place – and keep the worst offenders off the streets.”
On the other hand, the season will contain the 500th episode, which will be filmed in New York City, as the series follows a two-part approach: the first half-hour is the investigation of a crime (usually murder) and apprehension of a suspect by New York City Police Department homicide detectives, the second half is the prosecution of the defendant by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Plots are often based on real cases that recently made headlines, although the motivation for the crime and the perpetrator may be much different.
Law & Order Season 23 Cast: Who will return?
The main cast members from the prior seasons who are expected to reprise their roles are as follows: Mehcad Brooks as Junior Detective Jalen Shaw, Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Kate Dixon, Hugh Dancy as Executive Assistant District Attorney Nolan Price, Odelya Halevi as Assistant District Attorney Samantha Maroun, and Sam Waterston as District Attorney Jack McCoy.
A new NYPD detective will also be joining the force in the upcoming 23rd season of Law & Order. As per Deadline, Reid Scott has joined the upcoming season as a new series regular on the NBC police procedural, portraying an as-yet-unnamed NYPD detective. Scott will feel the void left by former series regular Jeffrey Donovan, who recently exited the show over creative differences.
Donovan portrayed Det. Frank Cosgrove in seasons 21 and 22 of the mothership Law & Order drama. This marks the second detective change in the revival. Previously, Anthony Anderson, who reprised his role as Det. Kevin Bernard, from the series’ original run, left after Season 21 and was succeeded by Mehcad Brooks, who joined the cast in Season 22 as Frank’s new partner, Jalen Shaw.
Lastly, Dick Wolf is the creator and executive producer. Rick Eid, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski are executive producers. The show is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.
Law & Order Season 23 Frequently Asked Questions
How many episodes will be there?
When the renewal was confirmed, the series received a 22-episode order from the network. But after delays in production caused by the dual strikes, the network might decide to air a shorter season with 13 episodes with an average runtime of 40–48 minutes in order to ensure a smooth production rather than rushing to produce the standard episodes in such a short time.
Where to stream?
Catch up on all the seasons on NBC, Peacock, Hulu Plus, and FuboTV. All seasons are also available for renting or purchasing on Vudu or Amazon Instant Video, with a vast number of membership plans. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on NBC’s official website and app for free, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel.
The series is also being broadcast on Sundance TV, TNT, WE TV, NewsNation, Ion Mystery, BBC America, Bounce TV, and Paramount Network as per the viewer’s location.
Since mid-2020, selected seasons of Law & Order have been available for streaming on Peacock along with Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. However, unlike some shows on Peacock, such as selected seasons of SVU, which are free, access to Law & Order requires a paid Peacock subscription.
Has a new trailer been released?
The network hasn’t released any new promos for the next season as the production status has still not been disclosed. In the meantime, check out all the prior seasons to recall the events that have transpired so far in this beloved police procedural and legal drama television series, in case you haven’t watched the show yet!
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