Can Olivia Benson catch a break? Turns out the answer is…not right now.
Since Law & Order: SVU returned for season 21, Mariska Hargitay‘s character was promoted to captain, welcomed a new green member to the squad, navigated the changing relationship between her department and the DA’s office, had one of her squad members kidnapped and lost her brother to an overdose, among other weekly challenges. But she can’t catch a break—yet. In the second half of the history-making season, Benson will be tested even more, executive producer Warren Leight teased.
“Not to give too much away but there’s some stress coming up for Benson in the next few episodes…some real difficult episodes for her coming up,” Leight said. “So, it’s never easy for our guys.”
When E! News spoke with Leight ahead of season 21 premiere, he promised the show would start to reflect the real makeup of New York City. For years, the show has been without a series regular LGBTQ character. Then viewers met Jamie Gray Hyder‘s Officer Katriona “Kat” Tamin, bureau chief Vanessa Hadid (Zuleikha Robinson) and Sergeant Joe Park (Nelson Lee), with more to come. Leight teased episode 14 will guest star A Band’s Visit veteran Ari’el Stachel.
NBC has been promoting Law & Order: Special Victim’s historic 21st season — which officially made it the longest-running primetime drama — with panels, a special, and big moves on-screen, but they aren’t looking at an end point to the long-running series any time soon.
When asked about the future of the police procedural at the 2020 TCA’s yesterday, this is what NBC Chairman Paul Telegdy had to say:
“You’re talking to the wrong people,” NBC Chairman Paul Telegdy said with a laugh to reporters after his executive session. “That’s Mariska Hargitay and Dick Wolf‘s world. They’ll make that show as long as they have stories to tell.”
Telegdy noted his college-aged daughter is a fan of the show, and it continues to find viewers with a new generation. “It was here before me, it’ll be here long after me; I’m just a visitor, the current Chairman,” he said. “People love that show.”
For everyone out there who loves it when an incredible show brings on an incredible actor then this Law & Order: SVU season 21 news is right up your alley. You’re going to see Ian McShane come on board for the season premiere!
According to a report from TVLine, the Deadwood and American Gods star will be playing the role of a “a charming and high-profile media mogul who takes on Olivia Benson and the SVU squad after being accused of sexual assault.” This sounds a little bit like this they are working to take on a Roger Ailes or a Weinstein sort of figure, but given the show’s tendency to rip from the headlines and then augment things slightly, it could contain a few other different elements as well. No matter what SVU ends up doing, we think that it’s going to be an impactful story that gets things off to a great start.
Why do we think that the SVU premiere is going to deliver? For starters, this is returning showrunner Warren Leight coming back to deliver his first episode in years and we like to think that this is a chance for him and the writers to get things off to a great start. With a guest star like McShane, this is the show doing what it can in order to ensure that viewers want to start watching right away. There are a lot of casual viewers who won’t know about the showrunner change; what they will know is that a familiar face who they love from other shows is facing off with Benson. That’s a fantastic way to get this season off to a great start.
SVU season 21 is premiering on NBC when we get around to the fall, and with filming still in the early stages, we imagine that there’s going to be so much more in the way of news to share. Keep your eyes peeled for more on casting, especially since there is no word on who is going to be the new ADA just yet.
NBC is only adding three new shows to its schedule this fall, and the network has announced that all three are set to premiere the week of September 23.
On Mondays, the Jimmy Smits-led courtroom drama “Bluff City Law” will follow “The Voice,” while on Thursdays, Bradley Whitford starrer “Perfect Harmony” and Kal Penn comedy “Sunnyside” join “Superstore,” “The Good Place” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
Other dates to keep in the diary include September 24 for the season 4 premiere of “This Is Us,” and September 26 for the final season premiere of “The Good Place.”The former smash hit series was given a triple-season renewal in May, and series co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker has previously said the plan is for the show to potentially wrap up after three more seasons. While “The Good Place” creator Mike Schur revealed at a recent Emmy FYC panel that the show will end its run after season 4.
Thursday, Sept. 26
8 p.m. – Superstore
8:30 p.m. – PERFECT HARMONY (SERIES DEBUT)
9 p.m. – The Good Place
9:30 p.m. – SUNNYSIDE (SERIES DEBUT)
10 p.m. – Law & Order: SVU
Source + full NBC Schedule: Variety.Com