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'Law & Order: Organized Crime,' Starring Christopher Meloni, Announced By NBC

The newest Dick Wolf drama is coming to primetime this fall.

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Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ [NBCUniversal]

NBC announced today the new Dick Wolf drama Law & Order: Organized Crime is coming to primetime this fall. As previously reported, Christopher Meloni will be reprising his iconic role as Elliot Stabler, an NYPD detective from the long-running Dick Wolf series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In the show, will take on the New York’s Organized Crime unit, targeting centralized enterprises run by criminals.

The series was ordered by NBC for 13 episodes. Executive produced by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski, the seventh Law & Order franchise Organized Crime will air Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC following new episodes of SVU at 9/8c.

Throughout the new series, viewers will follow Stabler as he returns to the NYPD to find the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he’s been away, forcing him to adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own reckoning.

Back in February, show creator Dick Wolf inked a landmark five-year, nine-figure deal that

will see SVU as well as Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med all renewed for three more seasons.

Chris Meloni played Detective Elliot Stabler on Law & Order SVU for 12 seasons. His performance in the role earned him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Meloni left the show in 2011 supposedly over issues with his contract. 

With Stabler still in New York on Organized Crime, the new show creates many possibilities for cross-over action with SVU, in typical Dick Wolf fashion. More importantly, an on-screen reunion with his former partner, now-Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). One of the biggest components of SVU was the dynamic between Benson and Stabler, and fans have been itching for a reunion for years.

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