‘Law & Order’ Live Reality Spinoff Series From Dick Wolf Greenlighted By NBC

Venerable crime drama franchise Law & Order is getting a reality spinoff. And in line with NBC’s push into live entertainment, the series will be live as well as interactive. The network has given the green light to Law & Order: You The Jury, a one-hour courtroom docu-drama series from Law & Order boss Dick Wolf and reality producer Magical Elves. It marks Wolf’s fifth on-air series for NBC, joining Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and new spinoff Chicago Med.

NBC originally bought the project — sans the live part — in early May as You The Jury. It has now been given the Law & Order branding, a first for an unscripted series.

Dick WolfWolf and NBC previously teamed for the 2002 docu-reality series Crime & Punishment, which was an unofficial spinoff from the Law & Order franchise. Meanwhile, on the scripted side, the franchise explored the role of the jury in the Law & Order: Trial By Jury spinoff series.

Law & Order: You The Jury puts the power of the law directly into viewers’ hands with real life legal cases. The audience serves as the jury and will not only determine the verdict, but will also be able to vote throughout the trial on the veracity of witnesses and persuasiveness of evidence. Wolf, Magical Elves’ Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz and Wolf Reality’s Tom Thayer executive produce.

After exploring different unscripted arenas, Wolf has found success expanding his trademark crime procedural scripted brand to the reality side. Wolf Reality and Magical Elves produce the hit TNT non-fiction series Cold Justice as well as the spinoff Cold Justice Sex Crimes. At A&E, Wolf Reality has had docu-series Nightwatch and Dead Again.

Wolf Reality and Magical Elves are repped by WME.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2015/09/law-order-spinoff-live-reality-series-dick-wolf-nbc-1201530788/