The second series of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood launches next week in the UK. Chris Chibnall has written episodes of the drama and acted as showrunner, much as he did for the first series. But it seems he won't be returning should Torchwood get a third run. Broadcast reports this morning that Chibnall's been hired as showrunner for ITV's new version of American crime drama Law & Order.
The broadcaster has now commissioned 13 x 60 minute episodes, adapting stories originally told across the Atlantic on the long-running cops and lawyers show. Indie prodco Kudos is making Law & Order: London, working with US producer Wolf Films. Chibnall has previous with Kudos, having written several scripts for its smash hit series Life on Mars. The question now is who will replace him as showrunner on Torchwood if it gets a third series?