NBC has announced that Law & Order: SVU has been renewed for a record-breaking 21st season.
“We tip our cap to Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay and the amazing cast and crew of SVU, who now all go into the record book,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment in making the announcement. “This incredible run is an example of what happens when producers, writers and actors all come together and create a show that, year after year, speaks to its audience in a powerful way. We couldn’t be more proud of this remarkable achievement.”
With this renewal, SVU surpasses Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order to become the longest-running live-action broadcast series. Mariska Hargitay also eclipses Gunsmoke’s James Arness and Milburn Stone, as well as Kelsey Grammer, with her 21 seasons as Olivia Benson, who becomes the longest-running live-action broadcast character.
“As SVU moves into its third decade, Mariska has become an iconic figure as a star, advocate and crusader for women,” said creator/executive producer Dick Wolf. “She is an enduring champion of the movement to end sexual violence, and dozens of episodes have dealt with the very same issues that have shifted into the spotlight in this country in the past two years. Mariska is a delight as #1 on the call sheet and, to me, a true friend.”
The renewal of SVU leaves Blindspot, Manifest, The Enemy Within, This Is Us, The Village, and Good Girls as the NBC dramas yet to have their fates decided. The network has already renewed its One Chicago lineup, New Amsterdam, and The Blacklist while cancelling Midnight, Texas.
SVU airs Thursdays at 10:00 on NBC.