Wootton will take ‘Law’ into own hands

Overmyer, Weinman leaving show

NBC drama “Law & Order” will head into its 16th season with a new showrunner, and “NYPD Blue” vet Nicholas Wootton is expected to take over the job.

Wootton is in talks to fill the exec producer slot most recently held by Eric Overmyer. Also leaving the show is fellow exec producer Roz Weinman. Both Overmyer and Weinman will maintain an association with Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films, but in other capacities, insiders said.

Wootton becomes the 10th showrunner in the history of the show. Switchover is no surprise given Wolf’s penchant for frequently shuffling the show’s deck, both in front of and behind the cameras. “Law & Order” also saw its ratings dip somewhat this season, as the show went up against much more formidable competition.

A protege of “NYPD Blue’s” Steven Bochco and David Milch, Wootton most recently helped create the ABC drama “Blind Justice.” Beyond “Blue,” his credits include “Brooklyn South,” “City of Angels” and “Total Security.”

Overmyer’s resume includes “Gideon’s Crossing,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and telepic “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.”

Weinman, meanwhile, headed up NBC Entertainment’s East Coast operations, as well as its standards and practices division, before turning to producing.

Matthew Penn continues as the other showrunner at “Law &Order,” in charge of production matters. Wolf and Peter Jankowski also exec produce.