TV hasn’t been the same since Christopher Meloni left NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2011. His character, Elliot Stabler, was beloved and the perfect foil to Mariska Hargitay’s iconic Olivia Benson.
If you have similar thoughts, then I have some very good news: Christopher Meloni is returning to NBC’s small screen—as Elliot Stabler. Law & Order creator Dick Wolf has made a brand-new show completely centered on him!
Here’s what we know about the series, Law & Order: Organized Crime:
The show length: It’s been green-lit for 13 episodes.
The cast: Christopher Meloni, of course, and he confirmed Hargitay will appear in the spinoff. Here’s a pic of them from the set:
Meloni will also appear on SVU in a crossover episode to kick off the series:
In 2017, Meloni opened up about the dynamic between Stabler and Benson, saying, “In retrospect, it was such a no-brainer. [Mariska told me], ‘You’re the archetype father, and I’m the mama. I’m the nurturer, so that’s a form of protection.’ And then you have the father, who’s going to kick someone’s ass if you eff with the woman or the children. It’s what people want: They want that sense of justice in this form of violence that is so unjust.”
Premiere date: After multiple delays, NBC announced on February 4 that Organized Crime will debut with a two-hour Law & Order crossover event. Variety reports that Meloni’s return to SVU will air on April 1 at 9 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the premiere of Organized Crime at 10 p.m. ET
We’ll keep you posted with more details as they roll in.