Law & Order: SVU will make US TV history with its 21st season renewal.
The procedural with Mariska Hargitay becomes the longest-running primetime drama, eclipsing Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order series which both ran for 20 seasons.
“I’m deeply proud to be a part of this groundbreaking show, and humbled to make television history today,” Hargitay said in a statement. “The longevity and continued success of SVU is a testament not only to the show’s powerful storytelling and ability to connect with viewers, but to its necessity. We have told important stories for 20 years, and we will continue to tell them.”
Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairment of NBC Entertainment, said in a joint statement, “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.
“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.”
The series currently draws 7.6 million US viewers in Live +7 days.
“As SVU moves into its third decade, Mariska has become an iconic figure as a star, advocate and crusader for women,” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement. “She is an enduring champion of the movement to end sexual violence, and dozens of episodes have dealt with the very same issues that have shifted into the spotlight in this country in the past two years. Mariska is a delight as #1 on the call sheet and, to me, a true friend.”
SVU‘s 20th season is currently screening in Australia on 10.