Law and Order: SVU set for major upheaval after showrunner's 'bittersweet' exit

Warren Leight served as showrunner from the 13th to 17th seasons of the popular NBC drama, and returned to helm three more seasons in 2019. Law and Order: SVU now faces a major shake-up behind-the-scenes after the writer and executive producer announced on Twitter he won’t be returning for season 24.

The current Law and Order boss has confirmed he’ll be stepping down from his role as the longest-running showrunner in SVU’s history.

Warren returned to the job after a four-year break from leading the series and helmed the successful primetime drama during some of its toughest years.

Now the series has survived the Covid pandemic, and is already confirmed to return for season 24, the writer took to social media to confirm his final day with the series.

“The final day of shooting is always bittersweet,” he wrote.

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He explained: “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.”

Warren signed off by thanking the legions of fans who continue to tune in to new episodes of Law and Order more than 30 years later.

He concluded: “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.”

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