As 2020 is being a crazy year, we need to hear more good news. First, we learned that Christopher Meloni is getting his Law & Order: SVU spinoff series. Then we discovered that he's going to reprise his role as Stabler on the SVU season premiere. Now to the better news, Meloni announced that Mariska Hargitay would also appear as Benson on his new series. Hurray!
Hargitay and Meloni as Benson and Stabler are one of the most famous duos in TV history. Many fans were heartbroken when Meloni left SVU and we thought we'd never get him back again. But since the two beloved characters will be reunited, things will get much more exciting.
Of course, he'll be working in organized crime rather than Special Victims, but it would make sense for them to meet up, particularly if there were a case of sex trafficking or something. We're pretty sure the writers will make it work!
During an appearance on The Talk, Co-host Sharon Osbourne asked Meloni if Hargitay would be reprising her role on his show, and he replied with "Of course!"
However, fans shouldn't expect her to be a regular…
"How much? I don't know because I hear she has her day job," he explained. "I think whatever we can slice away, whatever the writers come up with. I think we will both be looking forward to playing with each other in each other's sandbox."
"Yeah, absolutely," he said. "I mean, you have to," Meloni replied if his character has changed at all.
"There are a lot of unanswered questions about how he left, why the silence vis-à-vis Olivia Benson., and what we are dealing with in society has changed dramatically. So, I think you have to address that. And, I think the person Elliot was, I think we all evolve. I think all those things are going to be put into play." He added
"SVU" showrunner Warren Leight has said on the Law & Order: SVU Podcast that Meloni will appear on "SVU" before his spinoff series starts. The whole Law & Order franchise is well-known for its crossovers, not only within its world but with shows like Homicide: Life on the Streets.
Benson and Stabler were one of those fantastic on-camera pairings, the NYPD Special Victims Unit detectives, that had fans wondering if they might ever go from being more than just partners. Both could get emotional about their work, but Stabler seemed to have a temper that eventually drove him from the force.
Meloni and Hargitay go together like bread and butter and it'll be truly amazing to see them back on screen together again.
Everything we have to wait for now is for production to start, which Meloni recently acknowledged on SiriusXM's "The Jess Cagle Show."
He said on the show:
We're in the middle of a pandemic production. You know everything is just insane.
You have to serve a lot of masters right now, just to make sure everybody is safe, right? What's the new norm for shooting?
So that is the long way of saying the writers are breaking rocks, trying to figure out the arc of the story, who the characters are and how they interact, and I have yet to see a script.
I'm working on my tan, OK?
We all can't wait!