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.”