Article | How Law & Order: SVU Season 21 Is Making History in More Ways Than One

[ Written on August 31 2019 by Sarah ]

Law & Order: SVU is making history in more ways than one this year.

The NBC police drama fronted by Mariska Hargitay becomes the longest-running scripted primetime drama with season 21, beating the record previously set by mothership Law & Order and Gunsmoke. For the landmark season, returning showrunner Warren Leight is also making some big changes behind the scenes of the series by opening up the writers room and for the first time, women outnumber the men.

We talked about what we wanted to see happen this year in terms of casting, in terms of storyline, in terms of emotional stakes,” Leight told E! News about his discussions with Hargitay, who also serves as executive producer on the series. “One of the things I did that she was happy with, I opened up with a lot of new writers in the writers room.

Leight said three new writers were journalists “who know this world really well, but have not written for TV before.” “The writers room is more women than men for the first time in the show’s history, so it changes the dynamic of the room. It’s fresh air into the writers room,” Leight said. “We’re re-approaching the specificity of design.

Out of the 11 season 21 writers, seven are women.

Viewers should also look for the stakes to be higher when the show returns Thursday, Sept. 26 on NBC.

We are aware of this has never been done before. And you don’t want it to be just a regular season, you want it to be special. You want the stories to not feel like they could’ve happened any time in the last—it could’ve been episode 330 or 387, you want it to feel like, ‘That was one of the season 21 episodes.’ We’re looking for stories that allow as full a range of emotion as possible,” Leight said.

In addition to emotionally rich stories, look for some big guest stars. Already SVU has announced Deadwood and American Gods star Ian McShane will appear in the season premiere. Modern Family’s Ariel Winter will also appear in an early season 21 episode. As for fans hoping for some more familiar faces, they shouldn’t give up hope…

Source: E! News

Law & Order: SVU | Season 21 Promotional Photo & Poster

[ Written on August 21 2019 by Sarah ]

NBC released a new Season 21 promo photo of Mariska as well as the Season 21 poster. She looks absolutely amazing in it!

Shoutout to @SVU_Diehards !

Photo credit: NBC

Video | 21 Questions with the cast of SVU

[ Written on August 16 2019 by Sarah ]

Paley Center teams up with New York Post for ‘Law & Order: SVU’ panel

[ Written on August 15 2019 by Sarah ]

The Paley Center for Media and the New York Post have teamed up for two New York-centric events for the fall season.

In honor of the show’s record-breaking 21st season, making it the longest running drama in television, “Law & Order: SVU” cast and creatives will be on hand to chat about the show’s history on Sept. 25.

Creator and executive producer Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, showrunner Warren Leight and executive producer Julie Martin will all be in attendance for the panel, which will be hosted by New York Post television columnist Michael Starr.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The Paley Center for Media
6:30 PM
25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Dick Wolf, Creator and Executive Producer
Mariska Hargitay, “Lt. Olivia Benson”; Executive Producer
Ice-T, “Sgt. Odafin Tutuola”
Kelli Giddish, “Det. Amanda Rollins”
Peter Scanavino, “Det. Sonny Carisi”
Warren Leight, Executive Producer and Showrunner
Julie Martin, Executive Producer
Moderator: Michael Starr, Television Columnist, New York Post

In the criminal-justice genre, no television content has made a greater impact than Dick Wolf’s phenomenally successful Law & Order franchise for NBC, and this fall Special Victims Unit celebrates a truly remarkable milestone by becoming the longest-running prime-time live-action series in television history. The show, starring Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson of the NYPD SVU, is entering its twenty-first season, breaking the previous record, shared by Wolf’s original Law & Order and Gunsmoke. SVU is proof that even in this age of “Peak TV,” network shows can connect with viewers on a profound emotional level, while also helping to transform society. Hargitay, an Emmy and Golden Globe–winner for her portrayal of Benson, has become so deeply committed to the issues raised on SVU that she founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, dedicated to ending sexual violence.

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Appearances | Law & Order: SVU Press Conference – 2019/08/12

[ Written on August 14 2019 by Sarah ]

Both Mariska & Ice-T attended a press conference for SVU. It was held at the Dominick Hotel in NYC this past Monday, August 12.

Law & Order: SVU | Season 21 Premiere Promo Video

[ Written on August 13 2019 by Sarah ]

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