‘Law & Order’: Is Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler Holding Hands in New Trailer Confirmation of Romance?

by Joe Rutland

OK, “Law & Order” fans. You can start gossiping as longtime friends and co-workers Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler are holding hands.

You will be able to see a teaser for two “Law & Order” shows, “SVU” and “Organized Crime,” in a bit.

But for one night, both shows will follow one another like they did last season.

“SVU” will have a two-hour season premiere, followed by “Organized Crime” in its usual one-hour episode.

Mariska Hargitay returns for Season 23 on “SVU.” Christopher Meloni starts Season 2 on “Organized Crime.” Both shows are under the direction of “Law & Order” creator and executive producer, Dick Wolf.

In this teaser for both shows’ season openers, you will catch both main characters holding hands. Longtime “SVU” fans remember Stabler from being Benson’s partner in dealing with criminals for 12 seasons. Meloni left the show over a contract dispute and didn’t come back until last season.

While it’s on his own show, it is part of the “Law & Order” franchise. So take a look at this teaser for both shows’ debut on Thursday, Sept. 23. “SVU” airs at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central. “Organized Crime” follows at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central.

You see them holding hands. Does this mean that romance is in the air between Benson and Stabler?

Well, we don’t know for sure, but that’s definitely a romantically charged teaser.

Be sure to set aside three hours on Sept. 23 for these “Law & Order” shows.

‘Law & Order’ Show ‘SVU’ Loses Two Regular Cast Members

While you get settled in for that season opener on “SVU,” two regular cast members from last season are gone. They will not be on another “Law & Order” show, either.

Who left? “SVU” stars Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes.

Hyder played Officer Kat Tamin and Barnes was Deputy Chief Christian Garland, respectively.

They have appeared as regular cast members since Season 21. What explains this departure? Fans will have to wait for that two-part season-opening premiere.

That is when their departure is set to be explained.

The “Law & Order” franchise continues, though, to keep adding new fans one season after another.

It helps to have two shows like “SVU” and “Organized Crime” on the air. Additionally, the fact that both shows have strong leading actors that fans are familiar with helps a lot.

Besides “SVU” and “Organized Crime,” the franchise has produced five other shows. “Law & Order” ran for 20 seasons and “Criminal Intent” aired for 10 seasons. Three other shows, “Trial by Jury,” “LA,” and “Law & Order True Crime,” only lasted one season.

But those two Thursday night shows definitely keep ratings high for the “Law & Order” world. That is good news for Wolf, who keeps working on them.