Christopher Meloni will be reprising his role as the iconic Law & Order: Special Victims Units detective for a new NBC spinoff series. The still untitled show has already received a 13-episode order.
Dick Wolf, Law & Order mastermind, is behind the show and will executive produce. This will be the first time Meloni will be playing Stabler since leaving Law & Order: SVU back in 2011 after contract negotiations broke down. He was an original cast member when the franchise premiered in September 1999, and he earned a lead actor in a drama series Emmy nomination for his work on the show in 2006. Stabler was written off in the show after its season 12 finale, retiring from the police force.
In February, Law & Order: SVU was renewed through its 24th season.
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