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With the Law & Order: Organized Crime finale airing May 27, fans look forward to seeing what the show has in store for Elliot Stabler’s next chapter. The second season will keep a few established elements, but it will also introduce a brand new adversary into Stabler’s life. 

Christopher Meloni
‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ star Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler in ‘Law & Order: SVU’| Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ gets a season 2 renewal at NBC

Just weeks before the conclusion of its seven-episode first season, NBC renewed Law & Order: Organized Crime for season 2. And luckily for fans, with 24 episodes, the next installment will be similar in length to Law & Order: SVU.  

NBC hasn’t announced an official premiere date as of yet. Both Law & Order: Organized Crime and Law & Order: SVU saw delays due to the pandemic in 2020. But with established protocols in place, production may get back on track for the summer/fall and give fans a September or November 2021 premiere. 

The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ spinoff will feel like ‘The Godfather’ in season 2

The debut season of Law & Order: Organized Crime brought Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) back into the fold as a detective working with New York City’s Organized Crime Task Force. According to Law & Order franchise creator Dick Wolf, season 2 will mimic the tone of popular mafia movies. 

“The first third of the season is The Godfather,” Wolf teased, as reported by TV Line. “The second third is American Gangster. And the last third is Scarface. And these villains are going to be really bad guys that give [Stabler] a constant source of energy, outrage, belief in justice, and a different way of pursuing criminals than we’ve had before.”

Wolf also revealed that the second season would continue crossing over with Law & Order: SVU. And it will also reunite Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler as their paths cross.

“We’re going to do it whenever it gives both shows a different way to shine,” Wolf said. “And, obviously, there is a portion of the audience that says, ‘Geez, this is frustrating. Why don’t you just put them both on the same show again?’ It’s not exciting. This, to me, is much more engaging.”

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ season 2 will also introduce new adversaries for Elliot 

Elliot was consumed with bringing down mafia don Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) in season 1. But as teased by showrunner Ilene Chaiken, in season 2 of Law & Order: Organized Crime, the detective will face entirely new foes.


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“The show is serialized,” Chaiken said in an interview with TV Insider just hours ahead of the NBC renewal announcement. “There will be some mostly character elements, but also some threads that carry over, but we won’t be exclusively telling the Richard Wheatley story in a new season. There will be a new main adversary for Stabler and Bell, should there be a second season.”