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Everything we know about Law & Order Toronto spin-off – plot, release date, cameos and more

Aden Young and Kathleen Munroe are among the cast of the upcoming series

Cast of Law & Order Toronto pose for official photo
Francesca Shillcock
Francesca ShillcockSenior Features Writer
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Law & Order fans were delighted to hear that a spin-off version based in Toronto is on the way. The much-adored long-running crime drama has become iconic over the years and created many spin-offs in the form of Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent, Organized Crime and more.

But now, the Dick Wolfe-created show is heading to Toronto for the first time. 

So when will the show be out? And what will it focus on? Find out all we know below…

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What will Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent be about?

The finer plot details for Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent are, of course, being kept under wraps so the show won't be spoiled for fans. But, a press release for the show did reveal that the show will, like the majority of Law & Order episodes, "follow an elite squad of detectives who investigate high-profile crime and corruption". However, the stories will focus entirely on cases that happen in and around Toronto for the first time.

It's also been reported that real-life, high-profile cases will make their way into the storylines of the show. So fans of true crime are going to want to tune in!

When is Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent coming out?

A specific date for Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent has not yet been confirmed. However, there's good news because Citytv, the network hosting the new show, has said "Spring 2024" for the first season, consisting of ten episodes, so fans can expect the episodes around March or April. Mark your calendars!

The network also promised that the spin-off would "showcase original Canadian stories written and produced by, and starring Canadians". This means that the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike in the United States won't affect the filming schedule. 

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Aden Young is in the new spin-off series© Villard/Niviere/Sipa/Shutterstock
Aden Young is in the new spin-off series

Who will star in Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent?

Although the original cast of Law & Order developed a huge fan base and became iconic, the Toronto spin-off of Law & Order will welcome fans to a host of brand new faces to the show.

Viewers can look forward to meeting:

  • Aden Young as Detective Sergeant Henry Graff
  • Kathleen Munroe as Detective Sergeant Frankie Bateman
  • Karen Robinson as Inspector Vivienne Holness
  • KC Collins as Deputy Crown Attorney Theo Forrester
  • Nicola Correia-Damude as Dr Lucy Da Silva
  • Araya Mengesha as Mark Yohannes

Will there be any Law & Order cameos?

Fans might be hoping for some other familiar faces from the Law & Order franchise to make some cameos in the Toronto spin-off. However, there's been no indication from the showrunner or bosses on the show that this is in the cards.

What's more, the original cast is mostly made up of American-based actors, meaning the ongoing strike would prevent them from filming anyway. Who knows what the future holds…

Mariska Hargitay is seen on the film set of the "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" TV Series on September 21, 2022 in New York City© Getty Images
Mariska Hargitay is adored for her role on Law & Order: SVU

What are fans making of Law & Order Toronto?

After the cast for the spin-off was announced, fans were quick to share their early reactions to the series. One person wrote on Instagram: "Oh yeah! I'm jealous that we'll have to wait for this to premiere in the US for a while! But, I'm happy for our Northern friends to get to enjoy!!! An awesome cast!"

Another said: "Finally Law & Order Toronto!!! Wow can't wait." A third added: "Just need to get through another Canadian winter then with spring comes," while a fourth commented: "I'm so excited for this!"

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