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'Law and Order' Is Canceled

May 14, 2010 (8:06 am) GMT
It has been confirmed that NBC have decided not to take the long-running U.S. cop show into its 21st season.

Long-running U.S. cop show "" has been canceled after 20 years. Dick Wolf's highly-successful New York-based drama premiered in America in 1990 and went on to spawn two separate spin-offs - "" and "".

A Los Angeles-based "Law & Order" is still being planned. But the original has been scrapped. TV executives at NBC have decided not to take the original format into its 21st season, confirming to E! Online that the show has been axed.

"Law & Order" has narrowly missed out on being crowned the longest-running TV drama in history - it is currently tied with western Gunsmoke, which ran for 20 season before its finale in 1975.

"Law & Order" stars Steven Zirnkilton, , , and Steven Hill among others.

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