Olivia Benson won’t be hanging up her badge on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit quite yet.
The enduring police procedural has been given a commission by NBC for an incredible 19th season in the run-up to next week’s Upfronts presentation to the press (via Deadline).
Special Victims Unit is now just one season away from tying the record for longest-running TV drama, currently held by the classic Gunsmoke and SVU’s predecessor Law & Order.
The website also reports that Mariska Hargitay has inked a new deal to remain with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as badass cop Olivia Benson through season 19. Beyond that, it’s still anyone’s guess.
Perhaps this upcoming season will finally reunite Olivia with her former partner Detective Elliot Stabler, who was played by Christopher Meloni.
Although fans have long hoped for Meloni to make a comeback to SVU, the actor recently revealed that he’s never actually been asked back by Law & Order bosses.
“It’s never been brought up to me,” he admitted to ET. “That’s the kind of question that’s kind of out of my hands.”
Earlier this week, NBC also ordered more of Chicago Fire, P.D. and Med while holding out on making a final decision on Chicago Justice.
All five shows share a TV Universe created by producer Dick Wolf back in 1900 with the original Law & Order. SVU remains the last of the Law & Order spinoffs still on the air.
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