Christopher Meloni to Star as Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: SVU Spin-Off

Carla Harmon
April 1, 2020

Variety has confirmed with sources that Meloni will return as Elliot Stabler in a new NBC series that hails from "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf. The likelihood of a crossover between the new Meloni drama and "SVU" is unclear, though the possibility is there, as both series take place in New York City and could potentially stage a dream-team reunion between Benson and Stabler. The display will emphasis on NYPD's arranged crime unit, which is led by Stabler. Matt Olmstead is rumored to be coming on board as the program's showrunner and writer. NBC has given the project a 13-episode series order, marking the first show under Wolf's massive new five-year multi-platform deal with Universal Television.

NBC and Universal Television declined to comment. Technically speaking, Stabler retired from the NYPD after shooting a young woman who had opened fire in the SVU squad room.


The character was written off of SVU following the present's 12th season, which ended with Stabler abruptly retiring from the police drive. The actor earned an Emmy nomination in 2006 for the role.

Since then, Meloni - a longtime television veteran - has gone on to guest in a number of shows, including Pose and Surviving Jack, as well as lead the SyFy series Happy!.


At long last, Law & Order: SVU's complicated daddy Elliot Stabler is set to return to the franchise in a spinoff of the long-running detective drama and DUN fucking DUN. More recently, Meloni voiced Commissioner James Gordon in the DC Universe series Harley Quinn and it set to appear in an upcoming episode of Jordan Peele's rebooted Twilight Zone.

"Law & Order: SVU" - Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Det. That was nine seasons ago, with the show still going strong into 2020.


Given current events, it doesn't seem likely Meloni's untitled Elliot Stabler spin-off will begin production, and there's no word yet on when we can expect to see the series. "The friendships I made on the show, people who are like family to me, it's been the greatest gift", she said.

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