Television’s longest-running drama series is now also a podcast. The NBC Entertainment Podcast Network and Wolf Entertainment have created a behind-the-scenes podcast for “Law & Order: SVU” that will give fans a fresh way to connect with the show. Squadroom is being positioned as an “after-show” with new episodes released each Thursday night at 11pm following the East Coast airing of the series. The producers say it will feature behind-the-scenes episode intel from the cast and crew and offer insights into how inspiration strikes for the ripped-from-the-headlines episodes. They say they’ll also be rolling out “radio-style episodes” of earlier “SVU” episodes in the coming months.
“We’ve seen on social media that ‘SVU’ has a huge fan base, and the fans that engage are smart, curious and crave behind-the-scenes insights. We thought to give these fans more we could produce a podcast that continues the conversation,” said Elliot Wolf, SVP of Digital at Wolf Entertainment. “They can learn more about the creative process, the actors’ work and what makes the show tick. We presented the idea to NBC and they embraced it immediately.”
The first episode of what will be a weekly series features podcast host Anthony Roman speaking with “SVU” star Mariska Hargitay and showrunner Warren Leight discussing the cultural impact of TV’s longest-running primetime drama. It also features writer Peter Blauner discussing how the show developed an episode inspired by the sexual harassment allegations brought against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“We are always looking at new and exciting ways to collaborate with the Wolf team and an official podcast felt like the perfect format for a popular and long-running brand like ‘SVU,’” said Rob Hayes, Executive Vice President of Digital at NBC Entertainment. “We are excited to deliver new experiences and expand the discussion for audiences on a platform that allows them to dive in anytime, anywhere.”
“Law & Order: SVU” made television history last month when it became the longest-running series. It broke the record previously held by “Gunsmoke.”