NBC: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ in Limbo as Hargitay and Series Unsure to Return, ‘Chicago Fire’ Lock For Renewal
April 21, 2013
The title says it all of NBC’s Wednesday night Dick Wolf series’, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago Fire (in which NBC is proposing a spin-off for the 2013-14 season).
Law & Order: SVU started season 14 strongly back in its alternate Wednesday spot of 9/8c, but as the season progressed and controversies stirred (and of course they are up against Idol on FOX and Criminal Minds on CBS), the ratings took a harsh dip, and have really not recovered above a 1.7 in the 18-49 demographic.
But the series age and ratings are just half the story as cast lead Mariska Hargitay has yet to renew her contract for season 15 (where NBC has yet to renew SVU for said 15th season). Hargitay signed last year for this season only, stating she could not leave the series that “she was having too much fun.” I guess the fun times are coming to an end.
A rep. for SVU stated, “There is no immediate cause for alarm, we will have to outdo ourselves in season 15, if the show comes back and Mariska doesn’t with it. People said we’d be gone when Chris Meloni left, we’ll still be here if Mariska leaves.”
As for 10/9c’s Chicago Fire, which has been blazing in the ratings, for NBC anyway (#2 drama under Revolution), its a lock for a sophomore season renewal, with a bonus, the possibility of it’s proposed spinoff being greenlit for 2013-14, the season finale (airing May 22nd, 10/9c) being used as an introductory episode: Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Kelly Blatz and Melissa Sagemiller (coincidentally from SVU) have so far already been cast.
It’s also a possibility that Jon Seda’s recurring character (Detective Antonio Dawson) will co-star in the Chicago Fire cop spin-off. But it is unknown if any other Chi Fire actors will crossover to the new series.
Watch NBC’s Chicago Fire, live Wednesdays 10/9c.
But is this the end of SVU? Or a whole new beginning (of the end) for it? Hit us up in the comments!