What Christopher Meloni Really Thinks of ‘Law & Order: SVU’s’ 21st Season

Christopher Meloni was a staple on Law & Order: SVU for over a decade as detective Elliot Stabler. But just because he has left the show doesn’t mean he has stopped thinking about the series and its groundbreaking work. Meloni recently spoke with HollywoodLife about the upcoming season.

The new season of Law & Order: SVU premieres on September 26 and fans can’t wait. Season 21 hits a new record making it the longest-running primetime live-action series to date. This huge milestone comes from hard work and the dedication from everyone working on the series.

Christopher Meloni talks about ‘Law & Order: SVU’

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Christopher Meloni and Ice-T | Bobby Bank/WireImage

Meloni spoke about his partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and the new season of Law & Order: SVU with HollywoodLife. He worked on the series for 12 years and knows the dedication it takes to work on a show like this.

“It’s amazing and I am happy with everyone connected with the show past and present. You know, it really is something very special and you can’t ask for a nicer set of people who are more dedicated,” said Meloni. “I did it for 12 years so I know what it is like and it is a grind. It’s a difficult show that requires a lot of the cast and crew so it is really a landmark.”

Season 21 is one for the record books

Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, the Co-Chairmen of NBC Entertainment, made the announcement about the record the series hit and the groundbreaking work the show is doing. Fans truly love the show and can’t seem to get enough.

“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,” they said. “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.”

Which characters will return for the new season?

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Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni | Bobby Bank/WireImage

Lt. Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, will be back and taking names in the new season. She will be joined by her friends and fellow detectives Fin Tutuola (Ice-T), Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), and Sonny Carisi Jr. (Peter Scanavino). Fans can’t wait to catch up with their favorite detectives known for taking out the bad guys and getting justice for the victims.

Mariska Hargitay feels the future is bright

Hargitay spoke with People about the series and how challenged she feels about the future. When Meloni left after over a decade of working together, Hargitay struggled with where she would go from there. She made the decision, in the end, to stay with the show and fans couldn’t be happier that she did.

“I did a lot of soul-searching of whether I wanted to go on,” Hargitay explained. “I was on my way to being at peace to be done.” She now feels like she has a purpose and many new challenges to take on. “I feel so newly challenged and inspired and excited, which just surprises me,” Hargitay continued. “I can’t believe how much I care now.”

Hargitay will be back to arrest the perps next month. Fans can catch up on the series on Hulu by watching every single episode until the new season of Law & Order: SVU arrives.