Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has been renewed for a 14th season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Cast member Ice-T shared the news on Twitter Wednesday. "SUPER EXCLUSIVE NEWS: SVU has officially been renewed for season #14. Tell a hater," he wrote.
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Warren Leight joined Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as its showrunner just before star Christopher Meloni jumped ship. It was a particularly dismal time for NBC. Nobody would blame Leight if he wanted out of the long-running procedural after just one season. But it seems the opposite is true.
"I don't want it to be a victory lap," Leight tells TVGuide.com of a possible Season 14. "I want it to be 14 years down, seven to go, as opposed to 14 years down and it's been a good run."
The current season of SVU hasn't been its strongest, but it has perhaps been its most interesting. After the exits of Meloni and longtime showrunner Neal Baer, ratings have dropped (6.9 million/1.9 average versus last season's 8.8 million/2.7) and with little help from its lead-in, the struggling Rock Center with Brian Williams. But ratings don't tell the whole story.
"I get so tired of people saying that the show is down from Meloni," Leight says...
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That same introduction has played over every episode of Law & Order: SVU for the past 13 seasons, but the message will hit especially close to home this week for Det. Nick Amaro.
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Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay has inked a new deal with Universal Television to continue on the long-running procedural, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Under the new contract, Hargitay will remain with the studio that produces the NBC series, but it doesn't guarantee that SVU will be renewed for a 14th season.
As sad as Mariska Hargitay is that Christopher Meloni has left Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, she says that with Meloni's Detective Stabler out of the picture, it's now finally time for her character, Detective Olivia Benson, to open herself up to love. All that will-they-or-won't-they was holding Benson back, Hargitay says.
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"[It] has to be scary as hell for her," executive producer Warren Leight tells TVGuide.com of the relationship between Oliva (Mariska Hargitay) and Executive Assistant District Attorney David Haden (Harry Connick Jr.). "It's going to be interesting to see somebody in her mid-40s who has not really been in a long-term sexual relationship with someone for a very long time."
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