He’s back! In March 2020, NBC revealed that Christopher Meloni will return as Elliot Stabler – his role in the iconic Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – for a new spin-off series.
The procedural title Law & Order: Organized Crime, marks Meloni’s first time playing the character since he left the show in 2011 at the end of Season 12. Dick Wolf is set to produce with former Chicago PD showrunner Matt Olmstead serve as a writer and showrunner.
The Oz actor played on SVU next Mariska Hargitay from its debut in 1999. When Meloni decided to close the proceedings, Stabler was written off the show; the character withdrew from the force.
“I left without any animosity, but I left clear and open-eyed to move forward and find new adventures. I was like, “That’s what I want to do, keep moving forward,” said Meloni The New York Post in July. “I had done it Law & authority way of telling, what they do very well, and I was interested in telling stories from a different angle – comic or in a new world or across different platforms. ‘
As for his return, SVU showrunner Warren Leight revealed that as soon as they heard Meloni was returning, they had made a plan to “do a little groundwork” on SVU.
“We would see Kathy Stabler come back very upset. Her son had been rolled by a team of non-do-wells and may have been drugged, and we would review Simon’s apparent overdose and we would get to know the stress of the Stabler – what happened to the Stabler Stabler family after both Elliot had left SVU and apparently left behind ‘, he shared on the’ Law & Order Podcast ‘in March. “We just wanted to lay some foundation pending Elliot’s return in his own series, of course. We felt that the first episode of next year before SVU would bring Elliot back, so we would announce that in advance and explain a bit more about what happened to Simon. ‘
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