Law & Order Season 23 is not coming in 2023

Law & Order Season 23 is not coming in 2023
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Attention fans! Although you may be disappointed by this update, you must be aware of it. Continue reading to learn more about
Law & Order Season 23.

After watching the 22nd season end with a massive cliffhanger, fans are left wondering what the current status of the cherished series has been, which has caused fans to speculate what’s in store for dedicated detectives and prosecutors as they navigate complex cases and seek justice in the criminal justice system! To say the least, it will be interesting to see how the story of these special characters and their journey will be continued for another season.

Hence, if you want to know everything about the next chapter, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place to get all your answers about the potential release date of the much-anticipated 23rd season, which we definitely think is going to captivate the audience once again, just like the prior seasons were able to do so with so much potential! So, it’s time to buckle up and get ready to know all about NBC’s Law & Order Season 23.

Law & Order Season 23 is not coming in 2023

Law & Order Season 23 Release Date: When will the series return on NBC?

Firstly, we want to confirm to our readers that the much-awaited Law & Order Season 23 will not be available to stream anytime soon, especially not in 2023!

Yes, it’s true! Despite being renewed for a twenty-third season back on April 10, 2023, and is slated to premiere in September 2023, the network has since undergone major changes in their 2023–34 fall schedule due to the SAG-AFTRA, otherwise known as the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, along with the WGA, or the Writers Guild of America, which has put the majority of the production houses in Hollywood on a complete halt as both strikes have joined hands until a proper resolution regarding the actor’s and writer’s compensation is made, which has already started to cause delays in the release of the new seasons. 

The reports confirm that the new season will now be postponed to 2024. We are certain in making our best assumption that the beloved drama series created by Dick Wolf for NBC is most likely to premiere sometime around early 2024, which will be the first quarter (January, February, and March) of the broadcast schedule, with the new episodes airing at the same time slot every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on NBC and later available to stream on Peacock. The season will contain the 500th episode of the series. It will air alongside Season 25 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Season 4 of Law & Order: Organized Crime

Law & Order Season 23 is not coming in 2023

Law & Order Season 23 Plot: What to expect?

The next season is anticipated to expand the core premise of the show, 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.

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” Wolf said in a statement. Further adding, “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.” 

So, it’s fair to say that the exact plotlines haven’t been disclosed, as everything has been kept under wraps for the time being. But we are certain that the 23rd season will undoubtedly pick up from the final episode, “Open Wounds,” of the 22nd season, in which the viewers got to see that as a senator is gunned down at his daughter’s wedding, McCoy pushes for a severe sentence and squares up against a formidable DA – his own daughter; Price aims to stay neutral but can’t help but empathize with the defendant over shared trauma. 

Take a look at the official promo of the episode to recall what transpired in the finale episode below: 

Law and Order 22x22 Promo "Open Wounds" (HD) Season Finale

Law & Order Season 23 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?

The original Law & Order was picked up for a 21st season in 2022 after a 10-year hiatus, and it currently stars the following main cast members who are expected to reprise their roles in the upcoming season: 

Jeffrey Donovan as Senior Detective Frank Cosgrove, 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. 

The recurring cast members of the series include Connie Shi as Detective Violet Yee, Alayna Hester as Lily Cosgrove, Milica Govich as Judge Leanne Dreben, Harriett D. Foy as Judge Arlene Jones, Marsha Stephanie Blake as Defense Attorney Erica Knight, David Moreland as Defense Attorney Lou Jenkins, and Lawrence Arancio as Judge Desmond.

“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,” said Lisa Katz, president of scripted programming at NBC Universal and Streaming. “A huge thank you to Dick and his amazing team who are the masters of producing incredibly compelling television week after week.”

We would also like to emphasize that there can be some new additions and removals from the cast, which will be disclosed later. Moreover, Dick Wolf is the creator and executive producer. Rick Eid, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski are executive producers. It is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.

Law & Order Season 23 is not coming in 2023

Law & Order Season 23 Episodes: How many will be there and where to stream?

If you recall, when the renewal was confirmed, the series received a 22-episode order from the network, except for Law & Order: Organised Crime, which will have 13 episodes that are expected to air on a weekly basis. But after the ongoing strikes have gained more momentum and don’t seem to reach an agreement anytime soon, causing delays in production, the chances of the official episode count decreasing aren’t far-fetched, as the network might decide to air a shorter season with 15 to 18 episodes as a part of cost-cutting, which will be a direct result of the ongoing strikes. 

After all, there is no chance that any major network like NBC will rush to produce all the episodes in such a short time frame when the scripts are not even completed, which can cause major chaos on the sets. As a result, it makes sense that the show creators might opt to produce fewer episodes for this season alone, which can later be compensated with a supersized 24th season if it ever gets renewed. On the other hand, all details on the episode titles and synopsis will be released later, once the premiere date draws near, in order to prevent early spoilers.

Law & Order Season 23 is not coming in 2023

Law & Order Season 23 Official Trailer: Is there any promo available?

As mentioned above, the new season has not been filmed due to incomplete scripts and the network holding up production for a while due to the ongoing strikes that have plagued the entertainment industry. Whatever the cause may be, one thing is for certain: this unexpected pause in production has left the anticipation building for the next chapter more than ever! As a result, the network hasn’t published any new official trailers or teasers for the new season.

Moreover, it takes time for such promotional stuff to be posted, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere of the new episodes. So, for the time being, fans will have to rely on the previous season’s plotlines and character arcs to remember what’s happened so far if they haven’t watched the show yet!

The viewers can also catch up on all the seasons on 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 according to the preferences of the users. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on NBC’s official website 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.

While you wait for more updates on Law & Order Season 23, catch up with the previous seasons and let us know which season you like the most.