“Law & Order: SVU” fans around the world can rejoice as one of the show’s most beloved characters is getting a spin-off series.
According to Variety and first reported by Deadline, Christopher Meloni is returning to the “Law & Order” family to reprise his iconic role as Elliot Stabler in a new spin-off series for NBC. The new show comes from “Law & Order” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf and will consist of 13 episodes. “Chicago P.D.” showrunner Matt Olmstead is being courted as writer/showrunner with Wolf, Arthur W. Forney, and Peter Jankowski executive producing.
The “SVU” spin-off will follow Stabler as he heads up the NYPD organized crime unit. Naturally, with the series taking place in New York City, there is the possibility of future crossovers with “SVU,” including a highly anticipated reunion with Mariska Hargitay‘s Olivia Benson. The series marks the first time Meloni has returned to “Law & Order” since his departure in 2011. Meloni left “SVU” following the twelfth season, and Stabler was written out of the series in the Season 13 premiere with the character hanging up the badge in retirement. The role earned Meloni an Emmy Nomination in 2006 for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Since his departure, Meloni has starred in a plethora of television series’ such as Syfy’s “Happy!,” WGN America’s “Underground,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and more.
The Elliot Stabler series will be the first show to come out of a massive new deal Wolf signed with Universal Television. The deal is a five-year, nine-figure agreement that included a three-season renewal of “SVU” and NBC’s popular “Chicago” shows and multiple series commitments across various platforms. One can only assume the deal will lead to new content for NBCUniversal‘s upcoming streaming platform, Peacock. Whether or not the Stabler spin-off will be a Peacock exclusive remains to be seen, but it would make for a strategic move to entice subscribers.