‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Christopher Meloni Flawlessly Settles Fan’s Inner Love-Hate Relationship With Him

by Anna Dunn

Law & Order: Organized Crime star Christopher Meloni seems quite different than his surly counterpart Elliot Stabler. Nothing will tell you that faster than Meloni’s Twitter, where you can find him constantly interacting and joking with fans.

“I hate and love @Chris_Meloni and I can’t decide what feeling that is today,” one fan joked. Meloni solved that problem fast.

“No one likes wishy washy. It’s love, now move on #urwelcome,” he replied.

Meloni is quite loved over on Twitter. Recently, a photoshoot he did went viral. In one of the photos, Meloni is standing board straight, muscles out, while wearing hot pink pants, a green tank top, and a green charm necklace. Talk about a look.

Chris Meloni’s ‘Law & Order’ Journey Started Decades Before ‘Organized Crime’

While fans can see Chris Meloni on Law & Order: Organized Crime as well as a couple of crossover episodes with Law & Order: SVU, most know him for his starring role as Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: SVU in seasons 1-12. Meloni left after season 12 due to a contract dispute. Now, a decade later, Elliot Stabler is back.

But returning after being gone for that long is probably quite intimidating. For Meloni, it was important to work out what Elliot Stabler got up to in the years after his “retirement”

“The buildup of anticipation and expectation leading up to it was the most unnerving part. I was a bit surprised at how much clarity I had as I was thinking about the character — where he’d been, what he’d done,” Meloni told Variety.

“And I worked on it with the showrunners and I was very pleased with what we had hammered out, his backstory. I thought it very imperative that there’d be a certain amount of growth.”

Meanwhile, his co-star, Mariska Hargitay, was thrilled to be able to work with him again even if it was for just a few episodes. The two formed a close bond over their 12 years working together on the show, and it was hard for the entire Law & Order: SVU cast when Chris Meloni stepped back.

Law & Order: Organized Crime follows Elliot Stabler’s return to the force after the tragic death of his wife. She died in a car bomb set up for him. The first season also featured acclaimed actor Dylan McDermott, who Meloni had an absolute blast working with.

This Fall Will Feature A Three Hour Long Night Of Law & Order Shows

Law & Order: Organized Crime is on hiatus after what was essentially a mini-season. The series had to be shortened due to filming restrictions during the pandemic. The show will be back this fall during a full three-hour night of Law & Order on NBC. It will air alongside Law & Order: SVU and the brand new Law & Order: For the Defense which will take a new look at the criminal justice system from a different perspective.