NBC has released the first look at Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler as he reprises the character in the network’s upcoming Law & Order: Organized Crime series. The show will premiere on Thursday, April 1 on NBC as part of a two-hour crossover with Law & Order: SVU. (via Deadline).
The crossover will start with SVU, followed by Organized Crime, reuniting Meloni’s Stabler with Mariska Hargitay’s Captain Olivia Benson after they starred together on the first 12 seasons of SVU from 1999-2011.
The spinoff will revolve around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler as he returns to the fold following a devastating personal loss and aims to rebuild his life as a part of the new elite task force taking down the city’s most powerful syndicates one by one. While details surrounding McDermott’s character are currently being kept confidential, sources report he will be a series regular on the NBC program.
The series is executive produced by creator Dick Wolf, Arthur W. Forney, and Peter Jankowski for Wolf Entertainment and Universal TV. It was previously reported that Chicago P.D. showrunner Matt Olmstead had been tapped as showrunner/writer for the project, but after departing the series in October he was later replaced by The L Word co-creator/writer/producer Ilene Chaiken in December under her overall deal with Universal Television.
With the series being set in New York, the possibilities are endless for potential crossovers between Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, starring Mariska Hargitay, and a reunion between Stabler and Hargitay’s Olivia Benson. Meloni starred as the male lead opposite Hargitay for the first 12 seasons of Law & Order: SVU. The actor earned an Emmy nomination in 2006 for the role.