NBC’s release of its 2018-19 schedule and its upfront presentation to advertisers has come and gone with nary a mention of a show it had on the air this season: “Law & Order True Crime.”

That set of circumstances usually means a show is canceled, but in the case of “L&O True Crime,” that’s not technically true. The show isn’t set to air next season, but the door is open for it to return sometime in the future.

It’s the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” plan, essentially. A network source tells TV by the Numbers there are no plans to bring “True Crime” back at the moment. Should executive producer Dick Wolf and his team come to the network with a compelling case to dramatize, however, they’d consider a second run for the show.

“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.54 million viewers on Tuesday nights in the fall. It grew to 1.7 and 6.73 million viewers after seven days of delayed viewing, in the middle of the pack among NBC dramas for 2017-18.

The show was intended as an anthology, with each season covering a single, real-life case. “The Menendez Murders” starred Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson, the defense lawyer for brothers Lyle (Miles Gaston Villanueva) and Erik Menendez (Gus Halper).

The cast also included Heather Graham, Carlos Gomez, Lolita Davidovich, Josh Charles, Julianne Nicholson, Anthony Edwards, Harry Hamlin, Elizabeth Reaser, Chris Bauer, Sam Jaeger and Constance Marie. Veteran “Law & Order” writer-producer René Balcer and director Lesli Linka Glatter executive produced with Wolf.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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