‘Law & Order: SVU’ Showrunner Warren Leight Drops Team Photo: ‘Wait Til You See the Episode’

by Samantha Whidden

With Law & Order: SVU set to return on Thursday (January 6th), showrunner Warren Leight is hyping the fans up on Twitter with an interesting photo. 

In the Twitter post, the Law & Order: SVU showrunner declared, “Love this photo?  Wait til you see the episode.  Thursday night.”

According to IMDb, Law & Order: SVU’s latest episode, titled Silent Night, Hateful Night, will follow the SVU when its called in to help investigate a wave of hate crimes on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Rollins catches up with an old flame.

The latest episode comes just days after Law & Order: SVU was reportedly named 5th overall for top shows on NBC. As previously reported, the show’s ranking was 1.2, which is fairly high. It also has  6.63 million viewers. However, the score is down 3% from the show’s 22nd season. 

Along with SVU, other Dick Wolf productions that scored high for top shows are, Chicago Fire with 9.95 million viewers; Chicago PD with 9.25 million; and Chicago Med with 9.17 million. Meanwhile, Law  & Order: Organized Crime was named number 7 with 5.86 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. 

Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About How ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Has Changed Her Permanently 

During a 2010 interview with Good Housekeeping, Mariska Hargitay revealed how Law & Order: SVU has permanently changed her life. “I can go totally into cop mod,” the actress declared.

She also recalled when she rushed to help a pregnant woman who fainted on a side in New York City. “I yelled, ‘Call 9-1-1. Get her water.’ Then I started going through all of the questions with her that could answer what might be wrong with her. It was completely like an episode of the show.”

Hargitay also revealed that the show prepared her for motherhood as well. “Because as a cop, you are in charge of any emergency and you need to stay calm, take control, and get the help and the attention you need to fix it. iT’s the same thing with being a parent.”

Hargitay then spoke about landing the role as SVU’s Olivia Benson and how her friends reacted to the casting news. “They said, ‘I don’t know how you got this,” Hargitay explained. “I was a total chicken.”

The actress also said that playing Olivia Benson fulfills her as an artist and rewards her even more as a human being. “It is powerful and life-affirming to extend my hand and my heart to those who are in need,” she explained. Hargitay went on to note that becoming a mom only deepened those feelings for the character. “You realize when you become a mom that everyone you look at is somebody’s kid. Caring for [my son] August makes me even more committed to helping others.”