NBC just announced a new approach to their Law & Order franchise with Law & Order: Hate Crimes. It is the seventh series for the franchise.
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:"As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what's really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail. Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms — with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson — a real dialogue can begin. That's what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level."
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, hate crimes is actually their "highest priority" which is exactly why we hear about them going on in the news from across the country. Now we will have to wait and see how this turns out!