Of all the big TV revivals and comebacks in recent years, few have stoked the kind of excitement that surrounds Christopher Meloni's impending return to the Law & Order franchise as the one and only Elliot Stabler. Not only will Meloni be showing up for an official reprisal within Law & Order: SVU proper, but he's also heading up his own spinoff, subtitled Organized Crime. What's more, fans should expect a slightly different take on Stabler that has evolved with the times.
There are a lot of unanswered questions about how he left, why the silence vis-à-vis Olivia Benson. I think, in real terms, society, and what we are dealing with in society, has changed dramatically. It’s just changed. So, I think you have to address that. And, I think the person Elliot was... I think we all evolved. I think all those things are going to be put into play when you see his return.
With Christopher Meloni talking about real-world changes in society and what we're currently dealing with, it sounds like he might be implying that Stabler left the SVU because he was getting fed up with violent and/or otherwise shady policing tactics. Considering all the protests still happening across the country as July comes to a close, it's obvious that Law & Order: Organized Crime won't be able to sidestep such serious issues to deliver a traditional approach to TV cop shows. But will that actually be what inspired Stabler's absence? (Obviously we're just talking about plotting here, and not Meloni's personal choices to leave the series.)
Details about Law & Order: Organized Crime are few and far between, considering the creative process is currently ongoing, so not even Christopher Meloni can provide exhaustive information about what fans can expect. We do know that his Elliot Stabler will be dealing with a major loss of some kind – presumably a death – and that he'll be attempting to find absolution while rebuilding his life.
Naturally, it isn't just Christopher Meloni's return in general that has fans pumped, as everyone is extremely eager to see Stabler officially reuniting with Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson. The former co-stars recently got together and shared a pic that had many hearts aflutter, though I can't imagine the normally clean-cut Stabler will be rocking the kind of facial hair that Meloni has grown in recent months.
Though the pieces are still being put into place, Meloni did seemingly confirm that Mariska Hargitay is already set to make a cameo on Organized Crime whenever that gets into the filming process. Here's how he put it:
Oh yeah! How much? I don't know, because I hear she has her own day job. I think whatever we can slice away. Whatever the writers come up with. I think we will both be looking forward to playing with each other in each other's sand box.
That will likely be one of the most-watched sandboxes of the year. Though Law & Order: SVU's nightly artins aren't nearly what they once were, the show is heading into its 22nd season and is still a huge draw for syndicated TV. And viewers will no doubt want to know the aftermath of Season 21's unofficial finale.
Law & Order: Organized Crime doesn't yet have a released date locked down for Peacock, and viewers might be waiting a while, considering there's no telling when filming will be allowed to begin in earnest. While waiting to hear more about it, check out our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule to see what will be debuting on the small screen soon.