It's time to welcome back Detective Elliot Stabler to the NYPD!
Nearly ten years after the iconic character departed Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Elliot Stabler is officially returning for his own spin-off show on NBC, titled Law and Order: Organized Crime, and it's safe to say that we are all preparing ourselves for the most epic return-to-screen ever (I mean, how long have we all been hoping and praying for a possible Olivia Benson-Elliot Stabler reunion?!).
Luckily, if you're looking for all the juicy details on this exciting new spin-off series — including what to expect of a certain long-awaited reunion — here's everything to know about Law and Order: Organized Crime, including the latest information on the show's premiere date, cast, spoilers, and more.
When will Law and Order: Organized Crime premiere?
There's no word on an official date yet, unfortunately, but Law and Order: Organized Crime is expected to premiere sometime in fall 2020. The new Dick Wolf crime drama series will air on NBC on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET, right after Law and Order: SVU, which will take over a new time slot at 9 p.m. for its record-breaking 22nd season. The spin-off has also been confirmed to have a total of 13 episodes in the season.
Who will be in the Law and Order: Organized Crime cast?
Christopher Meloni is set to reprise his role as Elliot Stabler, a character he played for a total of 12 seasons alongside Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) on Law and Order: SVU from 1999 to 2011. The 59-year-old actor will thus be returning to the Law and Order universe nearly a decade after he exited the show (though he's since appeared in more recent TV shows such as The Handmaid's Tale, Pose and Veep).
As for the who else we can expect to see on Organized Crime, NBC has not released any further details, but it's likely that we'll see a good mix of new and (hopefully) old faces in the official cast.
What will Law and Order: Organized Crime be about?
Longtime fans of Law and Order: SVU may remember that we last saw Elliot Stabler at the end of season 12, when he was involved in a deadly shoot-out with a young girl who opened fire in the SVU precinct; later, in the season 13 premiere, we learn that the detective had abruptly retired from the force. Now, nearly a decade after his retirement, the new spin-off series will find Stabler returning to the NYPD to lead the Organized Crime unit after suffering a "devastating personal loss," according to the official synopsis from NBC.
"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," the synopsis continues. "Stabler will aim to find absolution and rebuild his life while leading an elite new task force that is taking apart the city's most powerful crime syndicates one by one."
So, will there be a Stabler-Benson reunion?
Fans of Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson have only been waiting for about a decade for this (literally), but yes, there will be a reunion between the two ex-partners! As revealed by SVU showrunner Warren Leight on The Law and Order: SVU Podcast — and then confirmed by the cutest reunion selfie from Chris and Mariska on Instagram — Stabler will first appear in SVU's season 22 premiere ahead of the premiere of the spin-off series, finally reuniting with his former partner (and now Captain) Olivia Benson. Reportedly, Stabler's return to the series was originally planned for SVU's season 21 finale, but the plan was scrapped after the coronavirus pandemic forced the show to end its season early.
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Are there any other Law and Order: Organized Crime spoilers?
There's unfortunately not much we know yet about the show's actual plot (Chris himself is staying tight-lipped on what "devastating personal loss" Stabler will experience), but fans can expect a lot of exciting possibilities in the spin-off series — including the possibility of several crossover episodes with Law and Order: SVU, and new developments in Stabler's and Benson's relationship, in the continuing future.
"Benson and Stabler are inextricably linked, locked and connected," explained Chris in a recent interview with the New York Post. "I think there is truly and deeply a worthwhile, inherent drama in exploring that relationship and the complexity of how Stabler left — the unresolved emotions both characters feel and how the fans feel." Speaking about the likelihood of crossover episodes between the two shows, Chris then continued: "How my character left was really unsatisfying, I think. It almost feels that we won’t do one or two [crossover] episodes and move on our merry way."
Well, we'll definitely have our fingers crossed for continuous crossovers between the two shows (one reunion episode is simply not enough, we say!).
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