Law & Order: Organized Crime Gets NBC Premiere Date With Law & Order: SVU! Plus Law & Order: Hate Crimes Not Dead Yet?

Law and Order: Organized Crime Gets NBC Premiere Date With Law and Order: Special Victims Unit! Plus Law and Order: Hate Crimes Not Dead Yet?

Deadline reports.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Sets NBC Premiere With ‘SVU’ Crossover, Releases First Look At Christopher Meloni As Elliot Stabler

Elliot Stabler is back. NBC has set a premiere date for its high-profile new Dick Wolf series Law & Order: Organized Crime, which features the return of Christopher Meloni as the NYPD detective he played for years in Law & Order: SVU. And he will be reunited with Olivia Benson as the series debuts April 1 as part of a two-hour crossover with SVU.

The network also released a first look of Meloni as Stabler in the new series; take a look below.

The crossover starts with Law & Order: SVU at 9 p.m., followed by Organized Crime at 10 p.m. It marks the reunion of Meloni’s Stabler with Mariska Hargitay’s now-Captain Benson after they starred together on the first 12 seasons of SVU from 1999-2011. Stabler abruptly retired from the force, off-camera- in the Season 13 premiere…

Also, Law and Order: Hates Crimes may not be dead after it’s 2018 NBC commitment and pandemic related delays.

Last word on this series is the following via TV Line from a few months ago.

Law & Order: Hate Crimes Spinoff Likely Bound for Peacock Streaming Service Due to Language Concerns

A long-brewing Law & Order spinoff may eventually land with a new home, so as to most genuinely tell its stories.

Law & Order: Hate Crimes was given a 13-episode order back in September 2018, though NBC pressed pause on the spinoff six months later. (The Hate Crimes team was initially slated to be introduced during a Season 20 episode of Law & Order: SVU, but as TVLine reported at the time, NBC was focused on getting the latest spinoff “right” versus “meeting an artificial deadline.”)

As recently as a year ago, Hate Crimes was described by NBC brass as being in “ongoing development,” though they were “very confident” it would happen.

Now, SVU showrunner Warren Leight, who has been shepherding the Hate Crimes offshoot, told the latest edition of THR’s TV’s Top 5 podcast, “I think it was perceived to be a better fit with Peacock” aka NBC Universal’s new streaming service. “The vocabulary people use when they commit hate crimes is not acceptable on network television, and that’s an interesting consideration.”

Even in light of (or because of) current events and TV’s responsibility to react to them, which Leight addressed in-depth on the podcast, “I think [Hate Crimes] is a show that needs to be made,” he said. “Where it dovetails with SVU, it’s about the toll a hate crime takes on a victim, a victim’s family, and a community. It’s an arena I think needs to be written about. I’d like to see this show go [forward]…”

Law and Order: Organized Crime and Law and Order: Hate Crimes join a long list of L&O TV shows.

Fun times at NBC.

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