Law & Order: Hargitay, Meloni, Ellen Burstyn Celebrate SVU 22nd Anniv

Dick Wolf's "Law & Order" franchise returns in a big way this Thursday, first with Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) taking on a corrupt congressman in the two-hour Law & Order: SVU season-opener. Following that, Christopher Meloni (Elliot Stabler) kicks off the second season of Law & Order: Organized Crime. But it's also a week for the folks at SVU to celebrate as the series celebrated its 22nd anniversary, an occasion that Hargitay, Meloni, and the rest of the cast got to celebrate with a beloved member of the on-screen family.

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In August, it was announced that Ellen Burstyn was set to reprise her award-winning role as Bernadette Stabler, Elliot Stabler's mother. Well, guess who was hanging out with the duo to help make the celebration much more of a family affair. Here's a look at Meloni and Hargitay's Instagram posts celebrating their SVU anniversary as well as having Burstyn back in the "Law & Order" universe:

NBC's "Law & Order" universe returns next Thursday, September 23- now take a look at what's on the way:

As you're about to see from the following promo and episode overview that was released yesterday for Law & Order: Organized Crime, having Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) behind bars and discovering his wife's killer hasn't put an end to the drug trade on the streets. So Stabler needs to get into the good graces of a notorious crime family aiming to take over New York City's cocaine trade to bring them down. Here's a look at the promo for the second season premiere of Law & Order: Organized Crime, kicking off its run on Thursday, September 23rd:

Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2 Episode 1 "The Man with No Identity": SEASON PREMIERE – After taking down Wheatley's (Dylan McDermott) drug empire and discovering his wife's killer, Det. Stabler (Christopher Meloni) must infiltrate a notorious crime family aiming to take over New York City's cocaine trade. Sgt. Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) is forced to work with a rival colleague when their investigations collide. Also starring Ainsley Seiger.

Dick Wolf executive produces Law & Order: Organized Crime along with showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Terry Miller, Fred Berner, Arthur W. Forney, and Peter Jankowski. Joining Meloni on Season 1 was Dylan McDermott (The Practice, American Horror Story) as Richard Wheatley, Tamara Taylor (Bones, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Angela Wheatley, Danielle Moné Truitt (Deputy) as Sgt. Ayanna Bell, Ainsley Seiger (American Waste) as Jet Sloomaekers, Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue), Nick Creegan (David Makes Man) as Richard "Richie" Wheatley, Jr., Ben Chase (The Last Thing He Wanted), Jaylin Fletcher (Snowpiercer), Nicky Torchia (Black Mirror) as Eli stabler, Michael Rivera ("Law & Order" franchise) as Det. Diego Morales, and Ibrahim Renno (The Looming Tower) as Izak Bekher.

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McDermott is set to return for the second season, with Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Vinnie Jones (The Big Ugly) joining the cast. Cephas Jones' Congressman Leon Kilbride is a born politician who fosters connections and always plays his cards right. Jones' Albi Briscu is an Eastern European gangster who is the last remaining member of the organization from the old country. Ellen Burstyn is set to reprise her award-winning role as Bernadette Stabler, Elliot Stabler's mother. Lolita Davidovich (How to Get Away with Murder), Mykelti Williamson (Chicago Med, Chicago P.D.), Guillermo Diaz (Weeds, Scandal), and Dash Mihok (Ray Donovan) have also joined the cast in recurring roles. Davidovich will play Flutura Briscu, Williamson will portray Preston Webb, Diaz will play Sgt. Bill Brewster, and Mihok will portray Reggie Bogdani, though no other specific details have been released.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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