What is Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent about?

LAW & ORDER -- "Appraisal" Episode 22021 -- Pictured: (l-r) Connie Shi as Violet Yee, Camryn Manheim as Lt. Kate Dixon -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)
LAW & ORDER -- "Appraisal" Episode 22021 -- Pictured: (l-r) Connie Shi as Violet Yee, Camryn Manheim as Lt. Kate Dixon -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC) /

Law & Order is headed to the Great White North. CityTV is working with Dick Wolf Entertainment to create Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent, a Canadian take on the iconic franchise.

It’s no surprise that the Law & Order franchise has been a huge deal for various TV audiences around the world. Other nations have done their takes on the procedural drama, but none of those actual Law & Order shows.

An exception was Law & Order: UK, which aired from 2009 to 2014 on ITV. It took older Law & Order stories and reworked them for British law and police procedures. It aired as well on BBC America.

Now, Canada will work on a version titled Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent. The latter title is taken from the third Law & Order spin-off, which aired on NBC from 2001 to 2011. It will air on CityTV, which has long-aired reruns and new episodes of the various Law & Order series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 10-episode drama will follow an elite squad of detectives who investigate high-profile crime and corruption in Toronto. Law & Order Toronto will be produced by Lark Productions, a frequent NBC collaborator, and Amy Cameron’s production banner Cameron Pictures.

When does Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent premiere?

In development for a while, the series has yet to make any castings but will film in Toronto itself and be released on CityTV in the spring of 2024.

“The timeless appeal of the cases explored in the globally successful Law & Order franchise continues to draw in Citytv audiences week after week,” Hayden Mindell, senior vp television, Rogers Sports & Media, said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to be working with Lark Productions and Citytv to bring this series to life. We cannot wait to showcase our amazing city in the Law & Order franchise,” Amy Cameron added.

It’s presumed the series will eventually make its way to American audiences but no word on how or in which service. As the show is still in development, it will be a wait, but it should be interesting to see Law & Order take on Canadian crimes and their unique court system.

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Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent premieres on Citytv in 2024.