Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“Law & Order: SVU” Renewed for 20th Season, Ties Original Show’s Record as Producer Dick Wolf Brings “FBI” to CBS


“Law & Order: SVU” has its hard core fans. So they will be thrilled to know that their show, starring Mariska Hargitay, has been renewed for its 20th season.

This means they’ve tied the run of the original “Law & Order,” which ran 20 seasons before getting abruptly cancelled after ratings fell out in the final season.

“SVU” is planning a cliffhanger season finale for May 22nd, by the way, so they’d better be coming back this fall!

What a tribute to Hargitay, who assumed the starring role when Chris Meloni left several years ago. Her mother, the late great star Jayne Mansfield, must be smiling in heaven. Mansfield’s life was cut short in a terrible car accident in 1967. Mariska was just three years old. She’s gone on to be such a success on “SVU,” as well as being a tireless advocate for women as a documentary producer.

NBC also renewed producer Dick Wolf’s three Chicago shows– police, fire and post office. (Just kidding.) It’s actually kind of amazing that Wolf had all those New York shows that were hits, then changed the locale to Chicago and had hits all over again.

Today, Wolf also formally announces his branching out to CBS, as well, where his new “FBI” rolls out in the fall with 13 episodes. Jeremy Sisto, an alum of “Law & Order” and “Six Feet Under,” stars with hot newcomer Zeeko Zaki as the lead FBI agent. Zaki is going to be The New Guy this fall who everyone’s talking about. His six foot five and of Egyptian descent although raised in the US.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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