NBC’s Law & Order could reach a record-breaking 21st season if renewed, but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, TNT, not the Peacock network, may be the one to usher in the 21st installment. (If it reaches 21 seasons, the show would be the longest-running drama series on television, besting a 20-season record held by Gunsmoke.) The crime series has enjoyed heavy syndication on TNT, but the network is reportedly not obligated to continue airing the show past its current season, while NBC is allegedly not allowed to take Law & Order to another network. The possible renewal comes on the heels of low ratings and cost issues that have posed a difficult situation for NBC. If the series heads to TNT, the network’s license fee could reportedly offset some of the costs.
Posted March 31 2010 — 1:26 PM EDT
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