Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Mariska Hargitay would be willing to stick with Law & Order: SVU for 25 more years
"I'm in it for the long haul," she said of staying around for a potential record-breaking 21st season. "I said, 'You keep writing like this, I'll stay for 25 years.' Why would I leave? I’m so grateful."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Dick Wolf: Law & Order: SVU helped pave the way for the #MeToo movement
Wolf and Mariska Hargitay discussed last night their long-running NBC drama, which they credit for helping victims of sex crimes come forward. “I think it’s opened the door into a multitude of conversations over the years. If you look at the #MeToo movement, she founded it, a long time ago,” Wolf said, pointing to Hargitay. “We got to take the onus off the survivor and put it where it belongs, on the perpetrator,” Hargitay added. “It did change and it did give people the courage to come forward and realize ‘Guess what, you’re not alone.’”
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 7:14PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU boss: "I don't see any reason why this show will end"
As Law & Order: SVU preps for its 20th season, showrunner Michael Chernuchin says there are so many storylines left to tackle that the series could keep on going for years, especially in wake of the #MeToo movement. Chernuchin tells TV Guide that "we're dealing with things that are on the front page in the papers every day. Now, more than ever." And as long as Mariska Hargitay is aboard, SVU can keep on chugging along. He adds: "This whole #MeToo movement... it's everywhere. Even though we've been touching on it for 19 years, we may do a full-blown episode on that." Chernuchin's primary goal is getting a greenlight for a record-breaking 21st season. But he a had to put a number on when SVU will call it quits, he already has one in mind: "I'd like to get to 500 episodes. That's a nice round number, isn't it?" SVU aired its 434th episode on Wednesday.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU's renewal gives Dick Wolf another chance to break Gunsmoke's record -- thanks to Mariska Hargitay
In 2010, NBC canceled Law & Order after 20 seasons, denying Wolf as shot at breaking Gunsmoke's 20-season TV record. Now Wolf has another chance to break the record following NBC's Season 20 renewal of SVU. Wolf has a better shot because of Hargitay. "As the mastermind behind the Law & Order franchise, Wolf has been instrumental in Law & Order: SVU’s staying power, but a major part of the credit has to go to star Hargitay who plays the show’s iconic Lt. Olivia Benson of the Special Victims Unit of the NYPD, an elite squad of detectives that investigates sexually based crimes," says Nellie Andreeva. "The role has earned her an Emmy Award and eight nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. While the mothership Law & Order series went through multiple lead cast overhauls, with none of the original cast members staying past Season 10, Hargitay has been Law & Order: SVU‘s heart and soul since the pilot, leading the cast for 20 seasons. The last 19 of them she has had Ice-T by her side."
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
NBC picks up Law & Order: SVU for Season 20, renews Dick Wolf's three Chicago series
Wolf's four NBC shows will all return next season -- Chicago Fire for Season 7, Chicago P.D. for Season 6 and Chicago Med for Season 4. Additionally, Wolf's Law & Order franchise will carry on with SVU reaching Season 20. SVU is still one of NBC highest-rated shows, averaging just under six million viewers. The oldest Chicago series, Chicago Fire, is currently the lowest-rated of the Chicago franchise, according to Variety. But it still performs solidly with just under six million viewers. The newest Chicago show, Chicago Med, is the highest-rated of the franchise, averaging 6.7 million viewers. In response to the SVU pickup, Ice-T tweeted: "FYI: SVU has OFFICIALLY been picked up for Season #20 Run and tell that!"
- SVU's renewal means it will match Gunsmoke's 20 seasons as the longest-running live-action series
- Chicago Fire stars Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund and David Eigenberg aren't signed on for Season 7
- Chicago P.D. boss on season finale surprise: "It was one of the things that just evolved from the storytelling this season"
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Former Law & Order: SVU star Diane Neal is officially running for Congress
After announcing her intention to run back in February, Neal today launched her active campaign as an independent in the upstate New York 19th Congressional District.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Mariska Hargitay delves into the backlog of untested rape kids in HBO's I Am Evidence
The Law & Order: SVU star produced and hosts the documentary exploring how the United States mistreats victims of sexual abuse.
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 2:51PM EST
Law & Order: SVU bringing back Stephanie March
March will reprise her fan-favorite Alex Cabot episode in an April episode.
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Law & Order: SVU boss hopes that making each episode different will lead to another renewal
"We're trying to make—and I think it's happened—each episode completely different, take a different genre," says showrunner Michael Chernuchin. "Like Something Happened was a stage play, Gone, Baby Gone was a chase…each one we want to give a different feel to so the actors and the audience don't get bored. We've already come up with some concepts for next season. Now all they have to do is pick us up."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Can Law & Order: SVU's new ADA overcome his rocky introduction?
Chicago Justice vet Philip Winchester is set to make his third impression on viewers as Peter Stone.
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 4:58PM EST
Amazon under fire for allowing NRATV on its streaming platform
Former Law & Order: SVU showrunner Warren Leight was among those on Twitter voicing anger via the hashtag #StopNRAmazon at Amazon for allowing the National Rifle Association's online TV service. "Attention @Amazon and @Amazonhelp -- it's been over a week since the Parkland tragedy," he tweeted. "Why are you still offering NRAtv and its violent rhetoric?"
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Happy 60th birthday, Ice-T!
"I’m 60 yrs old today! Win. Since I was not supposed to make it outta my 20s," tweeted the Law & Order: SVU star.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Why Raúl Esparza was the best-ever ADA on Law & Order: SVU
“The role of the ADA was important—it’d be kind of weird to have a show predicated on law and order without strong casting for the law half of the equation,” says Lindsey Adler. “But throughout most of their stints on the show, (Alexandra) Cabot and (Casey) Novak had a significant supporting cast. (Rafael) Barba, on the other hand, progressed to become the strongest, most interesting personality left on the show with Olivia Benson. Without Munch, Fin’s sting has been somewhat neutered; Nick Amaro was basically the show’s hate-able hot guy; Amanda Rollins has all sorts of problems but has never quite evolved to become Benson’s complement; and while Sonny Carisi is a fantastic police character, the show’s move away from a true procedural has really limited his effectiveness. For my money, SVU’s late-series core duo has been Barba and Benson. It’s a split that makes me genuinely concerned about the worth of the show going forward.” ALSO: Ranking the SVU ADAs.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
Raúl Esparza says it was his decision to leave Law & Order: SVU after six seasons
“I just felt it was time to move on,” says the actor, who played Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba. “I was also feeling like the role has changed over the years in a way that has been an interesting experience for me. Again, I’m a theater guy, so it’s like having a script in front of you that keeps changing every time you go to do it. The learning process of how roles grow over a period of time with a series has been kind of fascinating, and I just felt I had reached the end of what I wanted to explore where they were writing.”
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 4:08PM EST
Law & Order: SVU alum Diane Neal says she plans to run for Congress
The actress, who has appeared on the NCIS franchise in recent years, says she plans to run as an independent for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat.