On May 25, 2017, it was announced that the original showrunner of Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Michael S. Chernuchin, would reprise his role starting with the ninth season. Chernuchin also co-created and executive showrunner of Chicago Justice, another Wolf-related show that was canceled by NBC at the end of the 2016-17 television season. On April 22, 2019, it was announced that Leight would return as showrunner for the show`s twenty-first season. Executive producer Neal Baer left Law & Order: SVU as showrunner at the end of the twelfth season, after eleven years (seasons 2–12) on the show, to sign a three-year deal with CBS Studios. Baer was replaced by former Law & Order: Criminal Intent showrunner Warren Leight. In March 2015, it was announced that Warren Leight had signed a three-year contract with Sony Pictures Television, allowing him to work on CSR for another season, the seventeenth. On March 10, 2016, it was announced that original Law & Order veteran Rick Eid would take Leight`s place as showrunner starting with season 18. Creator Dick Wolf told The Hollywood Reporter: “I`m thrilled that Rick has decided to join the family and hope he`ll be here for years to come.” During post-production of season 18, after it was announced that SVU had been renewed for a nineteenth season, it was announced that Rick Eid had left the show. It will tackle another Dick Wolf/NBC series, Chicago P.D. Originally, the series focused on detective couples Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson, as well as John Munch and Brian Cassidy. Stabler is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen everything and done his best to protect his family from the horrors he has seen in his career. Meanwhile, Benson`s troubled past as the child of a rape victim is why she joined the unit. They are supported by John Munch and his first partner Brian Cassidy. Munch is a handover from the Baltimore Homicide Squad, who brings his sharp wit, conspiracy theories and investigative skills. Cassidy is young and eager to learn from his fellow detectives. These two teams of detectives were assisted by detectives Monique Jeffries and Ken Briscoe. When Cassidy switched to Narcotics after thirteen episodes, Jeffries teamed up with Munch for the remainder of the first season and Briscoe was eliminated. At the beginning of the second season, Munch was then firmly with Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, whose unique but sometimes vulgar sense of humor and investigative experience make him an impressive addition to Munch.
 Brooklyn SVU Detective Chester Lake assisted in several Manhattan cases during the eighth season, then joined during the ninth season; Lake will then leave at the end of the season after being arrested for the murder of a fraudulent cop who got away with rape. These detectives were overseen by veteran captain Donald Cragen, who oversaw the team through seasons 1-15. Cragen`s rigorous yet supportive approach to complex team cases guides the team through the challenges they face every day. Before the end of the twelfth season, Mariska Hargitay asked for a reduced workload. In order to exclude him from certain episodes, a plan was discussed to promote his character in a supervisory role. At the end of the twelfth season, Christopher Meloni left the cast because he could not agree on a new contract. Warren Leight became the new showrunner the same year and signed before he knew Meloni would leave the cast.  The second major departure announced in 2011 was that of BD Wong. On July 17, Wong announced on Twitter: “I`m not coming back for season 13, I`m jumping on Awake! It`s great! Wong added: “I don`t know if or when I`ll be back on CSR! It was amazing to have such a cool job for 11 years and to be a real New York actor. Wong reprised his role as Dr. Huang in the season 13 episode “Father Dearest.”  Due to the great success of the original Law & Order, which first aired in 1990, the possibility of spin-offs became obvious. In 1999, L&O creator Dick Wolf wanted to create a spin-off focused specifically on sex crimes.
After purchasing the title (the original idea was Law & Order: Sex Crimes), the show`s producers chose a name focused on the team tasked with bringing justice to these particular victims. Reviewstream.com stated that the episode “raised the question of whether everyone should receive equal justice, or whether there should be exceptions based on who the person was” and gave it a positive review due to the controversial plot. In August 2017, it was announced that Philip Winchester would return in season 19 as ADA Peter Stone, his character from Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice, who is the son of Benjamin Stone, the first ADA in the original Law & Order series. It was also later announced that Brooke Shields would take on a significant recurring role (Sheila Porter, maternal grandmother to Noah Porter-Benson, Olivia`s adopted son) starting with season 19 of the long-running drama series. On February 7, 2018, Raúl Esparza left the series after six seasons. His role was taken over by Winchester. After the renewal for the twenty-first season, it was announced that Winchester would leave the series after the twentieth season.  What do you think of this episode of Law & Order: CSR? Share your thoughts in the comments below! By its original airtime of September 20, 1999, the episode had reached 5.4 in the 18-49 age group.  NBC`s SVU series also premiered with the premieres of CBS comedies Everybody Loves Raymond and Becker, the premieres of UPN comedies Grown Ups and Malcolm & Eddie, and WB`s drama Safe Harbor. The first actor in the series was Dann Florek. .