Law and Order: SVU will see a major shakeup in its 24th season as longtime showrunner Warren Leight departs from the show.
Leight, who served as showrunner from seasons 13 to 17 and returned ahead of season 21, confirmed via Twitter that he will not return.
“The final day of shooting is always bittersweet. Today was a little more than that. As some of you have already figured out, I am stepping down at the end of #SVU23. The last two years of show running during a pandemic have been arduous, and I’ve decided to take a break,” he wrote.
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Leight went on the thank the cast and crew of Law and Order: SVU for their work on the show, which is the longest-running live-action series in TV history.
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“At least once a week this year a brick came thru the window. This person quarantined, that location lost, another show fell behind and our guest star was no longer available,” he continued.
“Each time casting, camera, design, wardrobe, locations, h/mu, props, drivers came up with a save and when they didn’t, our editing room, led by the indefatigable genius, Arthur Forney did. Somehow the obstacles pulled us all closer together. The episodes stayed on track and seemed to get stronger the longer the season went on.”
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He ended his statement by adding: “Finally, I’d like to thank the fans. You’ve stayed loyal to the show, and vocal in your support and occasional dismay, for 23 years. No other show can say that, and so you know, EVERYBODY at #SVU is grateful to you for that commitment.”
Law and Order: SVU will air the season 23 finale on Thursday, May 19.
Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays on NBC in the US. The show airs on Sky Witness in the UK, with select episodes available on NOW.
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