Fans of Law and order franchise are absolutely thrilled that Christopher Meloni will be back as Elliot Stabler. His former co-star, Mariska Hargitay, who still plays on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, gave him a special welcome message on social media.
Elliot Stabler is finally back!
After years and years of viewers hoping that the fan favorite will return, Meloni returns to Law and order franchise like Stabler. However, Meloni does not take over the role on Law & Order: SVU. There will be spin-offs centered on Stabler at NBC. He has a direct order and will focus on “a NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler”.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he can cross paths with Law & Order: Special unit for victims, and by proxy, the other two Wolf franchises, Chicago and FBI.
Stabler originally left the series in his twelfth season in 2011. It was first reported that contract negotiations between NBC Universal and the actor had failed.
The untitled show Stabler is not the only one Law and order fallout expected in recent years. Law & Order: Hate Crimes was also in development at NBC with a direct serial order. The show was suspended last year and there has been no update for a while, only that it was still in development.
Aside from the original Law and order series and Law & Order: SVU, there were four additional spinoffs: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: LA and Law & Order: True Crime.
“As with all of my crime shows, I want to describe what is really going on in our cities and highlight the victims of great crime and show that justice can prevail,” creator Dick Wolf said in a statement. Hate crimes has been picked up. “Twenty years ago, when Please started, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms – with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson – real dialogue can begin. This is what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crime has reached a egregious level. “
Hargitay officially welcomes Meloni into the fold
Hargitay tweeted a photo of herself and Meloni from the show and took the opportunity to wish Meloni a happy birthday and welcome her to the Law and order universe. She wrote: “Happy birthday @Chris_Meloni Meloni # It’sBeenAWhile #WelcomeHome”.
The actress also posted a different photo with a similar caption on her Instagram page.
Meloni commented on Hargitay’s Instagram post, writing: “Saddle up gurl, we ridin again. And TY for all BD wishes. “
Law & Order: SVU, currently in its 21st season, airing Thursday on NBC.