NBC Just Announced 'Law & Order: Hate Crimes'

Law & Order, one of the longest running shows on television, just got a new spinoff. NBC announced Tuesday that they have ordered 13 episodes of Law and Order: Hate Crimes to premiere sometime in 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Law and Order creator Dick Wolf and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit showrunner Warren Leight are behind the new series. Wolf issued the following statement about the kind of storylines Hate Crimes will cover:

Variety reports that Hate Crimes will be based on New York City’s actual Hate Crimes Task Force, which works to fight against discrimination. The show-version of the unit will be first introduced in the upcoming 20th season of Special Victims Unit.

According to the FBI, real hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI’s Civil Rights program because crimes based in hatred and intolerance can “plant the seed of terrorism” in the U.S. The Washington Post reports that crimes motivated by bias against Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, among others, saw a major increase in 2016 with more than 6,000 incidents.

Fans of the original Law and Order series speculated on Twitter whether the new show will touch on the current political divide and racial tensions in America.

Law and Order: Hate Crimes will be boycotted instantly because conservatives are going to hate seeing themselves as the villains in every episode

Excited for the Law And Order: Hate Crimes show to end every episode with “Both sides are wrong!”

Law & Order: Hate Crimes is the seventh spinoff in the franchise. Others include SVU, Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Law & Order True Crime.

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