LAW & Order fans are overjoyed at the prospect of characters Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson reuniting for the first time in over a decade for new series Law & Order: Organized Crime.
The characters, played by Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay respectively, join forces in a special two-hour crossover launch episode to kick off the new series. However, it is not just this dynamic duo that will be on show, here is a guide on the spinoff and its cast.
What is Law & Order: Organized Crime about?
Law & Order: Organized Crime see's Detective Elliot Stabler, former member of the Special Victims Unit and his ex-partner of Capt. Olivia Benson, return to the New York Police Department to tackle organized crime in the wake of a devastating personal loss.
Inevitably, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he's been away, Stabler has no choice but to adapt.
He must take on a case he is arguably too invested in, all the while trying to rebuild his life, his family and his career as a police officer.
The man behind Elliot Stabler, Meloni spent 12 seasons as part of the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit before retiring his role as an NYPD Detective.
Meloni has enjoyed great success in other programmes, his performances as inmate Chris Keller in prison drama OZ earned him rave reviews while he also enjoyed a season as part of the main cast on the HBO smash-hit series True Blood.
The 60-year-old actor has also featured on the big screen, including roles in major motion pictures such as Superman: Man of Steel, Wet Hot American Summer and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
When asked about his thoughts on his character's reunion with Hargitay's, Meloni told TVLine: "Well, this is what I think about that: No one’s going to be satisfied. I mean, it’s such a long time. It is so many unanswered questions. I think there’s such a great sense of abandonment and betrayal and a what-the-f–k-ed-ness of it all, that, you know…. it’s going to be a process, right?"
The most decorated of all her castmates, Hargitay has occupied the role of Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU for 22 years.
In that time, the 57-year-old California native has won both a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.
Away from the screen, Hargitay founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that helps to provide support to people who have been sexually abused.
One of multiple Law & Order: Organized Crime actors who have also made the transition into music videos, Hargitay has featured in two music videos dated 31 years apart, appearing in Ronnie Mislap's 'She Loves My Car' before also joining the star-studded cast of Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' video.
Golden Globe winner McDermott is probably best known for his role as Bobby Donnell in the legal series The Practice. The role also led to him being nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Though his career in cinema isn't quite as established as his co-star Meloni, McDermott has still featured in some blockbuster films, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Campaign, in which he starred alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
He is also one of the few Law & Order: Organized Crime cast members to feature on People magazine's list of '50 Most Beautiful People in the World', with the publication describing him as a 'prime-time heartthrob' in 1998.
Canadian actress Tamara Taylor already has experience in investigative drama series', she occupied the role of Dr. Camille Saroyan, head of the Forensic Division, in the forensic crime drama Bones for 11 years.
She can also boast her status as the only cast member to be accepted into the Marvel franchise, after she played the role of secondary antagonist Sibyl in season seven of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Her interests are not solely confined to acting, Taylor originally dropped out of school to pursue her dream of becoming a model.
She will play Angela Wheatley in the new Law & Order spinoff.
Danielle Moné Truitt
Best known for her roles in BET series Rebel as well as Fox's drama Deputy, the early stages of Truitt's career were actually rooted in dance.
Singing, dancing and acting – the 40-year-old has earned her tag as a 'triple threat'. Raised in Sacramento, California where she studied Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State University, Truitt eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film.
She does not have quite the same number of shows under her belt as her Law & Order: Organized Crime cast mates, but she has thrived in her lead role in Rebel, where the entire show is centred around her character.
An impressive theatre background, Truitt previously sold out the Rockwell Table and Stage venue for her self-produced one woman show Overnight Success.
Gillies history with Law & Order as a franchise runs deep – a regular on Law & Order: SVU, Gillies played the role of Christopher Meloni's on-screen wife Kathy Stabler for 11 years.
However, before she established herself on SVU, Gillies actually appeared in "Bad Girl," an episode of the original Law & Order series playing Monica Johnson, a young woman who murders an undercover police officer before undergoing a religious conversion during her trial and is born again.
Outside of acting, Gillies is a hugely successful author, with her memoir Happens Every Day going on to become a New York Times bestseller. She has since released another book, titled Starry Night.
Giddish is quickly approaching the ten-year anniversary of her first appearance in Law & Order: SVU, where she has played the role of NYPD Detective Amanda Rollins since 2011.
A mother of two, both of Giddish' pregnancies were written into the Law & Order: SVU script to explain her absence.
Outside of television, Giddish appeared in the music video for “All Love is Lost” in 2018 for Ice-T's band Body Count, the rapper a fellow SVU co-star of Giddish.
Tracy Lauren Marrow is undoubtedly better known by his stage name of Ice-T. A rapper, actor, songwriter, and producer – Ice-T is a stalwart of Hollywood.
Interestingly, in 1987, his debut album 'Rhyme Pays' became just the second rap album in history to be sold carrying an explicit content sticker. Five years later, the artist would face huge scrutiny surrounding his track "Cop Killer", a track that boasted lyrics describing murdering police officers.
That alone makes the fact he would go on to to spend 21 years playing NYPD Detective & Sergeant Odafin Tutuola all the more remarkable. He is in line to continue that role for Law & Order: Organized Crime.
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