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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Although ratings have been down this season — the show's first without Christopher Meloni
and longtime showrunner Neal Baer
— a renewal was expected after Mariska Hargitay
signed a new deal with Universal TV
, which produces SVU
, to continue on the show last month.
Showrunner Warren Leight
, who introduced more personalized storytelling and newbies Danny Pino
and Kelli Giddish
this season, recently told TVGuide.com
that he expected the show to get picked up — and that he's in it for the long haul.
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"I don't want it to be a victory lap," Leight said. "I want it to be 14 years down, seven to go, as opposed to 14 years down and it's been a good run."SVU
is the third series NBC has renewed for next season, following Grimm
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's coming back?