Law and order: organized crime is the latest drama to be hit by the pandemic.
Deadline understands production has been halted on the NBC series due to a positive Covid test in Area A, which traditionally includes on-screen talent.
The network has asked people in close contact to self-isolate according to state and county guidelines. It’s unclear when production will resume, but the April 1 premiere date shouldn’t be affected.
The positive results were revealed as part of NBC’s regular safety protocol, and immediate contact tracing began as outlined in state and county guidelines and the NBCU production manual.
In the series, Christopher Meloni reprise his role as Elliot Stabler, who returns to the NYPD to fight organized crime after a devastating personal loss. Stabler will attempt to rebuild his life as part of a new elite task force that dismounts one by one the city’s most powerful criminal syndicates.
The crossover begins with Law & Order: SVU at 9 p.m., followed by Organized Crime at 10 p.m. It marks Meloni’s Stabler’s reunion with Mariska Hargitay, now Captain Benson, after playing together in SVU’s first 12 seasons from 1999 to 2011. Stabler abruptly withdrew from the force, off-camera, in the Season 13 premiere.
Law & Order: Organized Crime was created by Dick Wolf, who will be executive producer along with Ilene Chaiken, Terry Miller, Fred Berner, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski. The series is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.