Law & Order: SVU fans have waited a long time to see Christopher Meloni return to the fold to reprise his role of Detective Elliot Stabler. Having left after season 12, it didn’t seem like he would come back – considering the groundbreaking series has been now on for twenty-one seasons. Luckily, it seems everything is working out so Elliot Stabler can return to the Law & Order world, albeit not Special Victims Unit.
Stabler will lead a new spin-off: Law & Order: Organized Crime. There’s been no specific air date, but a new update states the show will air on Thursday on NBC at 10:00 pm, ET. This will premiere right after Law & Order: SVU – which is returning for its record-breaking twenty-second season.
Paul Telegdy, who is the Chairman of NBC Entertainment, put out a statement addressing their confidence that the show will make it on the fall season lineup:
“Thanks to the ingenuity of our creative teams and our partner studios, NBC has assembled a remarkably stable schedule at a time when stability is called for. With the reopening of the Universal lot for select productions this week, we are confident that our schedule will premiere intact later this fall. We design shows for longevity and this schedule remains a powerful propulsive force for shows to start here and carry on entertaining across generations.”
“Our brand has always championed positive programming, and the events of this year have allowed us the time to take pause, examine our business with a new lens and take some immediate action. Since many of our writers’ rooms have not yet opened, we are taking this opportunity to offer all of this season’s showrunners the chance to enrich their team with an additional diverse writer at any level. It is not the solution by any means, but it is something we can do right now to take a positive step.”
Here is a synopsis for how Stabler will return:
In Law & Order: Organized Crime, Elliot Stabler returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he’s been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning. NBC notes that throughout the series viewers will follow Stabler’s journey to find absolution and rebuild his life, while leading a new elite task force that is taking apart the city’s most powerful criminal syndicates one by one.
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