Chris Meloni ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Spinoff Delayed as Showrunner Exits

The “Law & Order: SVU” spinoff centering around Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler has been delayed.

The news comes as a result of a showrunner change, with Matt Olmstead exiting the role for creative reasons, Variety has confirmed with sources.

“Law & Order: Organize Crime” was previously scheduled to premiere on NBC in the fall, however, back in August it was nowhere to be seen in a revised fall schedule issued by the network. Sources say it is still on course to air sometime in the 2020-2021 season, which is being heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The show itself will follow Stabler as he heads up the organized crime division of the NYPD. It brings Meloni back into the Dick Wolf fold for the first time since he left “SVU” in the show’s 12th season back in 2011. Meloni departed the show at the end of Season 12, so it was written into the Season 13 premiere that Stabler had retired from the police force.

As for its originator “Law & Order: SVU,” that series is still on schedule for a Nov. 12 premiere on NBC, only a day after fellow Dick Wolf shows “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

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