Elliot Stabler will return in his very own series…
The incredibly-named Dick Wolf has already got six series up and running at the moment, including Law & Order: SVU, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, FBI and, FBI: Most Wanted, but another one couldn’t hurt, right? We’re guessing that no one objected this month when Wolf and co decided Christopher Meloni’s former SVU character Elliot Stabler should get his very own spinoff show, but surely no one could blame them – the ever-popular SVU almost has 21 seasons in the can, and has since been renewed for another three.
Meloni’s new spinoff, which doesn’t have a name yet, will kick off with 13 original episodes, but it’s unclear when they’ll start filming due to the current coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the industry as a whole. We suspect that writing will continue apace behind the scenes, though, and the show will reportedly “follow Stabler as he heads up the organised crime division of the NYPD” according to Variety. It is also likely to feature a few crossovers with some of his former crew, like Mariska Hargitay’s detective, Olivia Benson.
Meloni originally left SVU in 2011 after season 12, and his character was written out as having decided to retire from the force, but the real reason Meloni left SVU was because contract negotiations with the show’s network broke down. Almost ten years later, it appears things have been worked out one way or another.
More on this as we get it.