Simply whenever you thought Dick Wolf was finished increasing his “Legislation & Order” universe on NBC — contemplating his “Chicago” empire continues to dominate within the rankings — the prolific producer is dipping again into the effectively and bringing again a basic beloved character.

After Selection reported the information, citing sources, followers went straight to the supply, with one fan tweeting Christopher Meloni instantly and asking him to verify the information “so we will all sleep straightforward for the primary evening since quarantine started.”

With two easy phrases, Meloni put their minds comfy.

“SVU” has been the lone ship of the as soon as dominant “L&O” franchise for a number of years now, lately surpassing the unique “Legislation & Order” and “Gunsmoke” to grow to be the longest-running scripted live-action televisions sequence in historical past (by seasons). And it is already been picked up for 3 extra!

For the previous decade, it has been Mariska Hargitay’s present. However for the primary 12 seasons, Hargitay’s Olivia Benson shared high billing with Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler. In reality, whereas it is laborious to fathom now, there was truly some concern that the present would undergo with out one in every of its beloved leads.

Clearly that hasn’t been the case as “SVU” stays a juggernaut within the rankings, however ten years later there’s nonetheless loads of love on the market for the retired Detective Stabler. A lot in order that he is coming again to reprise a job he hasn’t performed since 2011 and that also would possibly arguably be thought-about his hottest and recognizable one.

It is as if Wolf is taking a observe from the success of CBS All Entry’ “Star Trek: Picard.” Take a beloved character, take the actor who helped make that character beloved and convey each out of retirement. Growth! Assured success.

Based mostly on the enthusiastic response simply to the report that NBC had greenlit the brand new sequence with a 13-episode dedication, it could seem that it’s a assure in spite of everything.

Even higher, simply as Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise has established crossover occasions on a regualr foundation, and the “Legislation & Order” model did so again when it ran a number of reveals concurrently, followers simply know it is solely a matter of time earlier than Stabler and Benson cross paths once more. And that is an anticipated reunion made in rankings blockbuster heaven!

Meloni has appeared as Detective Stabler on “Legislation & Order,” “Legislation & Order: SVU” and “Legislation & Order: Trial by Jury” already in his profession, so he is no stranger to bringing his grizzled veteran to different Wolf sequence. We would not even rule out the potential for a “Chicago” crossover.

In keeping with Selection, the brand new sequence will observe Stabler — clearly again out of retirement — as he takes the lead of the organized crime division of the NYPD. We will actually see potential for a number of of these circumstances to have some crossover with the particular victims unit.

Wolf is having fun with a brand new five-year take care of NBC that features “SVU” the “Chicago” lineup and a number of new sequence commitments, with Meloni’s return solely the primary. May there be much more “Legislation & Order” sequence on the horizon? Maybe another acquainted faces will make a comeback.

The enduring reputation of “SVU” would point out that there’s nonetheless a minimum of some urge for food for this franchise, and the “Chicago” success proves Wolf nonetheless is aware of make compelling tv.

At its peak there have been 4 “Legislation & Order” sequence on tv concurrently, and there have been a complete of six sequence within the franchise to date. Past “SVU,” the latest use of the title was for the meant “True Crime” anthology sequence, which targeted on the Menendez brothers in 2017. No additional seasons have been confirmed.

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