Barry O’Brien to Exchange Ilene Chaiken as Showrunner

After 14 months of heading the Regulation & Order spinoff Organized Crime, showrunner Ilene Chaiken is exiting the series, which is still in manufacturing on its second season. She will be changed by Barry O’Brien, who joined as co-government producer in November, our sister website Deadline reports.(*14*)

(*2*) said government producer Dick Wolf. “She leaves the show in good hands and we are incredibly grateful for her contributions.”(*14*)

The change will reportedly not impact manufacturing, which still has five episodes left to film for Season 2.(*14*)

Chaiken was the series’ second showrunner; she stepped in to change original head Matt Olmstead in December 2020.(*14*)

Organized Crime marks Detective Elliot Stabler’s (Christopher Meloni) return to the franchise after a decade away to lead the NYPD’s organized crime unit following the death of his spouse, Kathy. Season 2 has seen a number of new faces join the fray, including Mykelti Williamson (Chicago PD) as Preston Webb, Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) as Congressman Leon Kilbride, Guillermo Diaz (Scandal) as Sgt. Invoice Brewster and Sprint Mihok (Ray Donovan) as Reggie Bogdani.(*14*)

Jennifer Beals (The L Phrase, The Guide of Boba Fett) is also set to recur as the yet-to-be-named spouse of Williamson’s drug kingpin and Marcy Company head.(*14*)

O’Brien’s credit embody Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, CSI: Miami, Citadel and The Following.(*14*)

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