Long-running drama series Law & Order is set to come to an end after 20 seasons with NBC announcing they will not be renewing the show. Law & Order: SVU will return for season 12 and a new spinoff, Law & Order: Los Angeles, has been announced.
Despite indifferent ratings the general consensus had been that NBC would renew the show and allow producer and creator Dick Wolf to fulfill his dream of passing Gunsmoke as the longest-running television drama.
The final episode, set to air on the 24th of this month, was written to end a season, not the entire show, so abrupt was the cancellation. Negotiations are reportedly ongoing.