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NBC pulls new “Law & Order,” other scripted series from schedule

Comcast’s broadcast network NBC has revealed an updated Fall schedule that relies heavily on reality shows, talent competitions, factual programming and re-runs.

The revamped schedule eliminates five series from television producer Dick Wolf — including three of his “Chicago” series and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” — that were originally set to debut in September but were delayed indefinitely due to a pair of Hollywood strikes that have ground television production to a halt over the last few weeks.

Instead, NBC will air re-runs from the “Chicago” and “Law & Order” series, starting in early October, the network confirmed on Wednesday.

The new Fall line-up officially starts in late September, when NBC will debut new seasons of “The Voice,” “The Wall,” “Quantum Leap,” “Magnum, P.I.” and “Transplant.” New episodes of the news magazine program “Dateline NBC” will start in early November, the network said.

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NBC is the second of the five broadcast networks to announce changes to its Fall schedule since the Writers Guild of America and the SAG-AFTRA unions went on strike, which involves tens of thousands of Hollywood actors and writers.

On Tuesday, Paramount Global said it was refreshing its Fall schedule for CBS to incorporate original series from its streaming service Paramount Plus. The network will also broadcast early episodes of the Paramount Network hit “Yellowstone” for the first time.

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