Christopher Meloni's SVU Character Is Returning

Elliot Stabler heads organized crime unit in new series
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2020 12:11 AM CDT
Christopher Meloni's SVU Character Is Returning
Christopher Meloni arrives at the LA Premiere of "Underground" held at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Detective Elliot Stabler is back in the NBC stable. Christopher Meloni will be reprising his Law & Order: Special Victims Unit role in a new drama from Dick Wolf. Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that the new drama, featuring an NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler, has been picked up for a 13-episode order. The show is part of a five-year, nine-figure deal Wolf has signed with Universal Television. The New York setting will allow for "potential seamless crossovers" with SVU and reunions with former co-star Mariska Hartigay, who plays Det. Olivia Benson, reports Deadline. Meloni left the show after season 12 with his character, Benson's partner and best friend, abruptly retiring from the police force. (More Law and Order stories.)

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