‘Law & Order: SVU’: Kelli Giddish Opens Up on Crossover Work with ‘Organized Crime’s Chris Meloni

by Anna Dunn

Law & Order: SVU star Kelli Giddish just opened up on what its like doing crossover work with Law & Order: Organized Crime and it’s star: Chris Meloni. Giddish has been on Law & Order: SVU for a while now. She plays Rollins. Before she was on the show, Chris Meloni was the star of Law & Order: SVU along with Mariska Hargitay.

Meloni played Elliot Stabler. He was viewed as one of the two faces of the show before his departure following a contract dispute. Most Law & Order fans worried they’d never get more screen time with Elliot Stabler. But now he has his own show.

In a discussion with Smashing Interviews Magazine, Giddish talked about what it’s like now that the two shows frequently cross over, and Law & Order: SVU creator Dick Wolf’s plans for the future.

“Well, you know, it’s awesome because with the sibling show, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Dick Wolf is really interested in opening up the world and intertwining both shows,” she said. The two shows air back to back, maximizing the ratings for both and giving fans a “mini binge” experience.

“That’s really exciting just to have all these possibilities that present themselves. We have Chris Meloni heading another show and see the storyline bounce back and forth. That’s a new thing they’re trying, and we’ll see how it goes this year. I’m really excited for Chris Meloni and his whole crew over there. I hope their show keeps gaining traction like it has been. People seem to love it,” she said.

The Franchise is Only Getting Bigger

While the two shows airing back to back is working out well, Dick Wolf and producers at NBC want to capitalize on those Thursday nights even more. They’re bringing in a surprise reboot of Law & Order, picking up where the show left off after NBC made the surprise decision to cancel it after twenty seasons.

Soon, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Organized Crime will all air back to back on Thursdays, creating a powerful three-hour night. The three hour formula has proven successful for other Dick Wolf started franchises. Both One Chicago and FBI follow that formula, with FBI airing on Tuesday nights on CBS and One Chicago airing on Wednesdays on NBC.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Just Celebrated its 500th Episode

Aside from relatively frequent crossover events with Law & Order: Organized Crime, Law & Order: SVU just celebrated another big event: its 500th episode. The show has broken records with its length. With 23 seasons that have aired since 1999, the show has fans that were born after it started airing.

And with Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay still working on the franchise, Law & Order: SVU has had a record smashing amount of longevity. The episode focused on Mariska Hargitay’s iconic Olivia Benson as she was reunited with an important figure from her past.

Now, the show is continuing with its business as usual episodes featuring Kelli Giddish as Rollins.