Fall TV is so close, we can almost feel the change of season. Of the many hotly anticipated returning shows, the newest addition to the Law & Order family is high on the list as Chris Meloni fans quickly made Law & Order: Organized Crime a hit. Season 1 began with the demise of Stabler's wife, detailing his persistent search to find her killers, which led him to the powerful and conniving crime boss Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott).
After a late-spring premiere last season, Law & Order: Organized Crime is joining SVU on NBC on Thursdays this fall, giving Dick Wolf almost two entire nights on the network. Will Richard Wheatley still be calling the shots from prison? Will Stabler and Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) finally hook up? There are so many burning questions, but here's what we know about Law & Order Organized Crime Season 2 so far.
Some actors who are already part of the Dick Wolf universe will be showing up on Organized Crime. Per Give Me My Remote, Guillermo Diaz, Mykelti Williamson, Dash Mihok, and Lolita Davidovich will be part of the upcoming season. All that's been revealed of their roles is the character names, but we know that Diaz plays a police sergeant named Bill Brewster. Williamson plays Preston Webb, Mihok plays Reggie Bogdani, and Davidovich plays Flutura Briscu.
It was announced previously that Ellen Burstyn will be reprising her role as Elliott Stabler's mother, Bernadette "Bernie" Stabler, in a Season 2 episode, also per Give Me My Remote. SVU fans will recall that Stabler sought out his mother when he was trying to help his daughter Kathleen, who was struggling. Bernie revealed she was bipolar and because she opted to live without medication, she and Elliott were estranged. In the SVU episode, Bernie and Olivia convinced Kathleen to get help with her own issues. There's no word yet as to exactly what brings Bernie back into her son's life, but it's a safe guess that it has to do with Stabler's ongoing struggle to get his personal life in some kind of order after losing his wife.
The show will return Thursday, September 23 at 10/9c on NBC.
Dylan McDermott is confirmed to return to the show as a recurring guest star and will reportedly appear in eight episodes this coming season, according to TV Line. This is very much in keeping with Law & Order tradition, where guest stars come and go as the storylines dictate. When we last saw Richard Wheatley, he was in prison so perhaps he'll be wielding his power from his prison cell when Season 2 begins.
In additional casting news from multiple sources, Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) will appear in a recurring role as Congressman Leon Kilbride. Vinnie Jones, usually seen in tough-guy roles, continues in that vein. He'll play Albi Briscu, an Eastern European gangster.
Dick Wolf teased Season 2 when he spoke to press in the spring. He revealed the season will consist of 24 episodes, made up of three 8-episode arcs. Arc 1 is The Godfather, arc 2 is American Gangster, and arc 3 is Scarface. Wolf also said, "These villains are going to be really bad guys that give [Stabler] a constant source of energy, outrage, belief in justice, and a different way of pursuing criminals than we've had before."