Law & Order: Special Victims Unit executive producer Warren Leight has said the procedural is in "that moment of purgatory" and he does not know if it will return for a 16th season on NBC in the US.
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Leight was asked about tweeting by the cast, crew and himself under the hashtag RenewSVU.
He replied: "It's fair to say the cast and crew want the show to come back and the show deserves to come back."
On whether a deal can be reached, he said: "What this is, is a game of brinksmanship. The show generates plenty of money. This is one of those times we just have to wait until the last moment to see who blinks."
Leight continued: "All of the big guns need to sit down and talk. I have lots of people every day coming up to me saying, 'Have you heard anything? Do I have a job? Should I take the other job? I don't want to leave this show, but Blue Bloods is calling'."
Asked whether the finale of the current season could also serve as the series' finale, Leight replied: "We're still writing the finale. We always cut things pretty close by the end of the season, but I would say, all the other stuff is distracting."
He added: "There won't be a cliffhanger like last year's when Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) had a gun at her head. But there will be some unresolved questions that will jump you into the next season. I don't want to bet against the show."