Christopher Meloni will be back on television as Elliott Stabler this fall, as NBC has revealed when the character's upcoming Law & Order: Special Victims Unit spin-off will premiere along with its official title. Previously, it had been announced that Meloni would be reprising the iconic role, but it wasn't clear what the show would be called or when fans could expect to see it. Officially titled Law & Order: Organized Crime, Meloni's new show will premiere this fall and will continue to air on Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC, following episodes of Law & Order: SVU.
According to NBC, Law & Order: Organized Crime will see Stabler returning to the NYPD to wage a new battle against organized crime in the city. Exact details aren't clear, but the retired detective is apparently motivated to focus on organized crime following a "devastating personal loss," so make of that what you will. While adjusting to the many changes undertaken by the force a decade ago, Stabler's new journey will follow Olivia Benson's former partner looking to "find absolution and rebuild his life, while leading a new elite task force that is taking apart the city's most powerful criminal syndicates one by one."
It's clear that NBC has a lot of confidence in the new series, as the show has already been given the full season order for 13 episodes of Organized Crime. Law & Order creator Dick Wolf is also on board to serve as an executive producer alongside Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski. This will also mark the first time Meloni has played the fan favorite role of Elliott Stabler since departing Law & Order: SVU at the end of season 12, as he hasn't even come back for a cameo appearance in the years ever since. Still, Meloni has maintained a friendship with co-star Mariska Hargitay, and it's going to be an amazing moment to see them back on the small screen together.
At the height of his Law & Order fame, Christopher Meloni had also been starring on the HBO prison drama Oz as Chris Keller. A manipulative and sex-obsessed serial killer, the character was about as far removed from Elliott Stabler as could be. Following these memorable roles, Meloni has stayed busy on television and in movies. This includes starring on the Syfy series Happy! as an unhinged man who speaks to a cartoon unicorn, and although it was cancelled a bit too soon after just two seasons, the series was able to develop a cult following and garner strong reviews during its time on television.
You can catch Meloni on Law & Order: Organized Crime when the spin-off premieres this fall on NBC. Prior to the debut of the new series, Meloni will also first return in the upcoming season 22 premiere of Law & Order: SVU to establish his new role in the police department. As SVU was also recently renewed through its 24th season by the network, it seems Olivia Benson is going to be sticking around for a while as well, even if some fans are fearful for her cancellation. This news comes to us from People.