Series creator Dick Wolf talks about the future of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, returning with a new episode Wednesday, October 31 at 9 PM ET on NBC.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit recently reached a coveted milestone with its 300th episode "Manhattan Vigil", an achievement rarely accomplished by a drama series. Series creator Dick Wolf recently held a conference call to discuss the legacy of his show, returning with the new episode "Friending Emily" Wednesday, October 31 at 9 PM ET on NBC.
With Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Los Angeles all off the air, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the last show standing, so to speak. The creator and executive producer spoke about the longevity of each of his shows.
"It's very difficult to be in my position and complain or moan about anything. I mean Law & Order had 20 years, is tied with Gunsmoke. And Criminal Intent, between its various iterations, was around for 10 years and is still a source of kind of unending joy to me in reruns. And I think that Vincent (D'Onofrio) is right up there with Peter Falk and a very rare number of actors who have created a totally unique role. I think that SVU has persevered because of really strong writing and I don't think it's ever been stronger. Neal Baer obviously did a superb job for over a decade, but Warren Leight has come in and I think that very few people would argue that certainly the writing has never been any better. I mean it's always the writing, always, always, always, and the biggest problem, especially with a 14 year old show is bringing a writing staff to the table every week that is still hungry to do great work. Warren is, first of all, it's almost scary, because it goes back to Free Criminal Intent where he does a superb job again picking up the reigns from Rene and gave us about another three or four seasons that nobody anticipated. And he is one of the greatest show writers I've ever worked with. I mean he is obsessive about quality, but doesn't make people crazy. So it's a fabulous combination."
He also spoke about the unlikely prospects for any sort of reunion show.
"I doubt it. One of the things that is interesting is that would that be a reunion of the last year? You know, it's a six person ensemble and 26 actors were in it. So which cast do you bring back, who do you bring back? I mean you talk about something that would be creatively, not only very difficult to pull off, but also I think frustrating to a lot of the fans. It was great, but these are part of a panoply of great actors who were in the show."
"Well if I say it you'll think I'm insane, but the next goal would be to go 21 years. Another six additional years, you never know. I mean the show, as I said, I don't think has ever been better and it's something that is a very dependable player and continues to be for the network. If you asked what was my final goal for SVU that would be it."