Benson and Stabler are assist on the case! Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni gave fans a taste of what’s to realize when the actor returns to Law & Issue: Particular Victims Unit.
“We are a itsy-bitsy of bit nearer,” Meloni, 59, captioned a dark-and-white Instagram selfie with Hargitay, 56, on Friday, January 15. The actress later shared a contrivance more smiley and incandescent photo on her include account, writing: “Now even nearer…” In each shots, the costars kept their distance amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Man of Steel enormous title played Detective Elliot Stabler for 12 seasons from 1999 to 2011. Hargitay, for her half, has portrayed Captain Olivia Benson since the NBC drama’s premiere.
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Records broke in March 2020 that Meloni became build to reprise his feature in a spinoff, titled Law & Issue: Organized Crime. SVU will first ingredient the occasions main as a lot as the contemporary series.
“We hang been actual going to lay some groundwork down in anticipation of Elliot’s return for sail in his include series,” SVU showrunner Warren Leight said on the “Law & Issue Podcast” in March 2020. “We had the sense that the first episode of subsequent yr for SVU became going to elevate Elliot assist, so we hang been going to foreshadow that and ticket a itsy-bitsy of more what took jam to Simon.”
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The spinoff became in the beginning scheduled to debut in topple 2020, but the community announced in August 2020 that it can well be held for 2021. Therefore, Meloni’s return became pushed assist from the SVU premiere to later in the season.
When Organized Crime does debut, fans can rely on to ticket cameos from Hargitay. “How mighty? I don’t know attributable to I hear she has her include day job,” Meloni joked on The Discuss in July 2020. “I judge despite we are in a position to slice away, despite the writers attain up with. I judge we are in a position to each be taking a peek forward to taking half in with every a total lot of in every a total lot of’s sandbox.”
Earlier this month, Leight exclusively knowledgeable Us Weekly that the writers hoped Rick Fox would return to SVU in season 22, but “every time we invent a thought, the COVID Gods snigger.” He added: “We smooth hope to ticket him assist on our stage. At the moment, fans will should always invent plot with Raúl [Esparza], Chris Meloni, Elizabeth Wonder, John Waters, Tamara Tunie, Wentworth Miller and a couple of a total lot of shock returnees.”
Law & Issue: SVU airs on NBC Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.