Law & Order: Mariska Hargitay Teases Possible Stabler/Benson Reunion

With Christopher Meloni (Happy!) set to return to the Dick Wolf's "Law & Order" franchise as Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: Organized Crime this fall, fans have been wondering when/if there would be a reunion between Stabler and his 12 season-long "partner in crime-solving" Benson (Mariska Hargitay) beyond the two shows airing on the same night. If we're reading into Hargitay's Instagram post correctly and feeding our dumpster fires of speculation properly, that crossover might be happening sooner rather than later- and Hargitay didn't waste words doing it. In the close-up image of the two, Hargitay simply captioned it, "It's on" with both actors rocking some wonderfully wicked smiles. In the series, Meloni's Stabler looks to find a sense of balance after a "devastating personal loss" while putting together a "new elite task force" and learning to adjust to a justice system that's changed in the past ten years.

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Mariska Hargitay and Christoper Meloni in Law & Order: SVU (Image: NBCUniversal).

"Law & Order: Organized Crime" features Christopher Meloni reprising his beloved "Law & Order: SVU" role as Elliot Stabler, who returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he's been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning. Throughout the series, we will follow Stabler's journey 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.

Wolf executive produces Law & Order: Organized Crime alongside Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski for Wolf Entertainment and Universal TV, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. Former Chicago P.D. showrunner Matt Olmstead writes and serves as showrunner.

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Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: SVU, courtesy of NBC.

Wolf's Law & Order: SVU doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, either. Last season, it scored as television's most-watched series, with more than 150 billion minutes viewed across NBC, USA, and Ion. For the 2019-20 season to date, the series holds the top spot in its Thursday 10-11 p.m. timeslot versus regular ABC and CBS competition in the Adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers. In LIVE+7 ratings, SVU is averaging a 1.5 rating in the Adults 18-49 demo and 6.5 million viewers overall. Adding digital and linear delayed viewing into the mix, and the show's season premiere episode climbed to a 3.9 in the Adults 18-49 demo – and 11.1 million viewers overall.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

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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