June 25th, 2009


L&O | UK: ITV1 commissioned a second series


ITV1 commissioned a second series

ITV1 has commissioned a second series of crime drama Law & Order, which will return with the same cast, including Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber and Freema Agyeman.

A new run of 13 episodes of the UK version of the US format will go into production later this year, with broadcast expected next year, after the ITV director of television, channels and online, Peter Fincham, and the director of drama, Laura Mackie, gave it the green light.
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Some More 'Law & Order: UK' News

There have been conflicting reports as to when the remaining episodes of Series 1 of Law & Order: UK will air. Originally, word was the episodes would air in the fall on ITV. More recent news has the episodes not airing on ITV until 2010. With word today of the commissioning of a second series to begin filming in the fall, I emailed my contact at ITV to see if there was any new information on filming or a premier date. Filming has not yet been scheduled, nor has an air date been set for the remaining six episodes. My contact's best guess is early 2010. This may change, but it's possible there will be no new episodes this year.

Digital Spy, in their article about the series pickup, had an interesting comment by ITV's Laura Mackie:

"This new commission brings our total order to 26 episodes, which demonstrates our commitment to series that have concepts and storylines that can run long-term."

In the United States, the more episodes of a series produced, the easier it is to sell or syndicate. I do wonder if ITV may be holding off airing episodes in order to put together a more attractive package for the U.S. market or allow for series to air concurrently in both countries as BBC America is doing with Torchwood.