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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit loses showrunner

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Carisi (Peter Scanavino) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) discuss a case on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Pic credit: NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is now searching for a new boss.

Warren Leight announced he would be stepping down as showrunner for the series after its 23rd season. 

There is no word on any replacement for the man who’s guided the series for the last several years as it prepares for Season 24. 

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and its showrunner history

When Law & Order: Special Victims Unit began in 1999, the concept of the “showrunner” was different than today. Executive producer Dick Wolf oversaw the first season before his commitment to other series had him step back.

Barry Diller took on the duties of guiding the show from scripts to production and handled that until the end of Season 12. His exit coincided with Christopher Meloni also leaving the series as Elliot Stabler.

Warren Leight took over showrunner duties for Season 13 and held the position until Season 18. He was replaced by Rick Eid (who now is the showrunner for FBI), with Michael S. Chernuchin taking over for Season 19. 

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