NBC: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ in Limbo as Hargitay and Series Unsure to Return, ‘Chicago Fire’ Lock For Renewal

NBC: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ in Limbo as Hargitay and Series Unsure to Return, ‘Chicago Fire’ Lock For Renewal
April 21, 2013
Janice Daniels

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!

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7 thoughts on “NBC: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ in Limbo as Hargitay and Series Unsure to Return, ‘Chicago Fire’ Lock For Renewal

  1. Better not be the end of SVU. I love this show!!! I am seriously disappointed that you took Stabler off, but I will most definitely quit watching if both he and Mariska are no longer in the show. I love the whole cast, don’t get me wrong, but It is not the same without either one of them.

  2. I don’t want Mariska Hargitay to leave SVU, if she does, this show is done! If anybody needs to leave, it’s the show runner: Warren Leight. We let him run down LOCI (and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Goren) and now he’s doing it to SVU. This guy can’t help himself. Why is Dick Wolf praising this show when it’s a shadow of it’s former self? The RATINGS prove that! This is Warren Leight: “blame the timeslot. Blame Criminal Minds/Idol. Blame weak lead-in! Blame SPACE ALIENS!” Why doesn’t he blame HIMSELF and the crappy episodes. My DOG could write better episodes of SVU! I apologize for my rant but SOMEBODY needs to tell the truth; this show was already going down, but it crashed when Neal Baer left – NOT CHRIS MELONI – NEAL BAER! Warren Leight needs to go back to Broadway next season and Dick Wolf needs to hire a new show runner and pull SVU out of the ditch it’s in, it makes no sense whatsoever for this show to be in the constant decline that it’s in! I wish NBC would cancel it and bring back Mothership (and keep Leight AWAY)! GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  3. If Mariska Hargitay ever left I wouldn’t watch the show again she is my favourite person ever<3
    Without Detective Olivia Benson there is no show ❤

  4. I just watched the finale. No spoiler but they absolutely laid the groundwork to take this either way. And if they do what I think I will never forgive NBC for it.

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