LAW & ORDER, NBC's flagship crime drama might become an endangered species soon unless NBC can get TNT onboard a new syndication agreement deal. With rising production costs and sagging ratings, NBC needs TNT to purchase old episodes to make any continued deal to air LAW & ORDER profitable. So far, TNT has refused to extend their syndication deal with NBC beyond season 20 of the long running drama.
If the drama can last just one more season, then it will tie with GUNSMOKE for the longest running TV drama run of all time.
Strangely, although LAW & ORDER itself might be an endangered species, there are possible plans for another spin-off of the series called LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES. Whether this series will see the light of day remains to be seen.