The new Law & Order: SVU spinoff series is coming, and fans get their first look with a graphics card starring its lead, Christopher Meloni. According to TVLine on Thursday afternoon, Law & Order: Organized Crime will premiere on Thursday, Apr. 1 and follow a new crossover episode of Law & Order: SVU, which will feature Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler.
Organized Crime will follow Meloni's SVU character as he returns to the New York City Police department after a "devastating personal loss." While looking to put his life back together, he joins a high-level task force attempting to bring down the city's biggest crime organizations. The NBC series will also feature Dylan McDermott and Tamara Taylor. In late January, Meloni went to Instagram to give an update on Organized Crime.
"Hey. L&O:OC... we workin on it," Meloni captioned in the post while showing fans a door from the set. This comes after Meloni and his longtime SVU castmate Mariska Hargitay reunited on the set of SVU. Meloni rejoins the cast after being away for nearly 10 years. In July, Meloni revealed why he's returning to the Law & Order universe.
"A certain piece just fell into place," Meloni said to Entertainment Tonight. "For me, there were just personal things that I was like, 'You know, now is a good time.' That was it. There was nothing secret. It just was effortlessly correct." Meloni started on SVU when the show began in 1999. After he left, the 59-year-old actor went on to do various and TV and film projects. From 2017-2019, Meloni starred in the Syfy series Happy! He has been in several films in the last 10 years, including Man of Steel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for, The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Snatched.
Organized Crime got the green light in March 2020. NBC ordered 13 episodes of the series, and Ilene Chaiken will be the showrunner. She is known for her work on The L Word and Empire. "This show is an incredibly delicate balance of an existing and beloved character in an active franchise that involves the NYPD and we are all taking extra care to do this character service by the fans of Stabler and meet the high quality of Wolf Entertainment, UTV and NBC," NBC told Digital Spy. "The Wolf team has a long history of not serving any show before its time. We've done fine-tuning on shows in the Chicago and FBI series in the past and have gone on to great success."