Law & Order: SVU: Scoop on the possibility of Chris Meloni making an appearance on the show
Here’s some scoop on Law & Order: SVU from this week’s (Posted on 10/2/12) Ask Ausiello column.
Question: Any news about Chris Meloni possibly making an appearance on Law & Order: SVU this season? I need him to come back! – Susan
Ausiello: Sad to say, the chances of Stabler making a return to the unit don’t look good. Though Meloni told me he was “open to all possibilities” regarding the long-running procedural, SVU showrunner Warren Leight tells TVLine’s Kimberly Roots, “I don’t know that [Meloni] actually wants to come back,” adding, “I haven’t heard discussion of it from either him or the network.” Leight acknowledges that when the actor’s contract negotiations broke down last year, “Clearly, the separation wasn’t handled well. In an ideal world, if someone who’s been on your show for 12 years is leaving, you arc him out.” Now that some time has passed, “I think everyone, in hindsight, wonders if they could’ve handled that departure differently,” Leight allows. “But it’s hard to imagine an episode that would fix it.”
Law and Order SVU has seen its ratings drop over the last couple of years, and Chris Meloni would seriously help change the the ratings in a positive way, even if for only one episode. It’s too bad it won’t happen. Still, I think this season has been better early.
Law and Order SVU will return next week in 6 days. Episode 14×03 of Law and Order: SVU is titled Twenty-Five Acts. It airs on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9pm on CBS.
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