'Law and Order: SVU' Showrunner Rick Eid Takes Top Job at 'Chicago P.D.'

The 'Law & Order' vet will replace co-creator and longtime showrunner Matt Olmstead, who left for an overall deal at ABC Studios.
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Law & Order: SVU showrunner Rick Eid is on the move.

After one season on the long-running Dick Wolf-produced drama, Eid is set to take over as showrunner on Wolf's Chicago P.D. for season five, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Eid steps into the top role on Chicago P.D. as the cop drama is poised to hit its 100th episode. Co-creator and showrunner Matt Olmstead recently departed the Universal TV series for a rich overall deal at ABC Studios

A new showrunner for SVU has yet to be named. The procedural was renewed Friday afternoon for season 19, while Chicago P.D. was picked up for season five on Wednesday.

The showrunner switch keeps Eid in the Wolf Films family, where he previously served as a supervising producer on Law & Order: Trial by Jury, a co-exec producer on Law & Order and a writer on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

The move to Chicago P.D. is also logical given that Eid, like the Chicago P.D. writers room, is based in Los Angeles. On the other hand, SVU's writing team is based in New York, where the show shoots.

At SVU, Eid succeeded longtime executive producer Warren Leight, who was in charge for five seasons and saw the show through the exit of Christopher Meloni as well as several other cast changes. Star Mariska Hargitay is the only original castmember remaining and was elevated to executive producer at the beginning of season 18, in addition to her several turns behind the camera as director.

Wolf could very well tap another Law & Order franchise veteran for the SVU showrunner position. In the past year, he has brought on longtime Law & Order exec producers Michael S. Chernuchin and Rene Balcer as showrunners on Chicago Justice and Law & Order: True Crime, respectively.

Franchise stalwart Julie Martin, whose credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: LA, has been an exec producer on SVU since season 13.

SVU faced controversy this past season when it produced an episode loosely inspired by now-President Donald Trump and the sexual harassment allegations he faced during his presidential campaign. The episode was made in October and set to premiere two weeks before the election. However, it was delayed until mid-November, and then delayed again indefinitely. The episode still has no airdate, with the season set to wrap on May 24. 

Chicago P.D. is the second series in NBC's One Chicago universe, following Chicago Fire. Chicago Fire creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas also exec produce Chicago P.D., along with Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Arthur Forney.

Eid is repped by WME.