Elliot Stabler is back in a 'Law & Order: SVU' spin-off
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Elliot Stabler is back in a 'Law & Order: SVU' spin-off

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Detective Elliot Stabler is leading a new show in a "Law & Order: SVU" spinoff.

"He's back," actor Christopher Meloni said of his character in a Facebook post.

NBC has ordered a 13-episode series from executive producer Dick Wolf, in which Meloni will revive his 12-season character, Deadline reported. The drama will revolve around an NYPD organized crime unit led by Meloni's Stabler.

It is reportedly part of a five-year deal Wolf signed with Universal Television last month that includes multiple series commitments for the producer responsible for many popular dramas, including the "Law & Order" franchise, "Chicago Med," "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D."

The series could be branded as part of the "Law & Order" franchise, which leaves room for a crossover with former costar Mariska Hargitay's "SVU," Deadline reported

"I'm the guy who will right the wrong and she's the one who will nurture," Meloni said of their characters in a 2016 episode of "Inside the Actors Studio," adding that an on-screen romance between the two would have ruined that dynamic.

Meloni earned an Emmy nomination for the role in 2006 and left the show in 2011.

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