'Law & Order: SVU' Spinoff 'Hate Crimes' Has Been Delayed at NBC

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Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU

Law & Order: Hate Crimes will not begin as planned as part of the current, 20th season of "SVU."

Hate Crimes was announced in September, but no actors have been cast yet.

Dick Wolf Expands 'Law & Order' Franchise With New Series

Dick Wolf Expands 'Law & Order' Franchise With New Series

NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the series which focuses on hate crimes.

Deadline said Monday that the creators and writers need more time to set up the latest Law & Order spin-off.

The Hollywood Reporter said it is unclear if the new procedural from Dick Wolf and Warren Leight, will debut as expected in the 2019-20 television season.

Wolf is also a producer on NBC's three Chicago shows, as well as ABC's upcoming New York Undercover reboot and CBS' new series FBI: Most Wanted.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.