'SVU' Fans Get an Exciting Update on the Future of the Show

Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson.

Law & Order: SVU will continue its historic run on NBC with a 26th season, further cementing its status as the longest-running primetime live-action series in U.S. history, the network announced on March 21, 2024. Although details about the forthcoming season are scarce (after all, the show is still airing its 13-episode 25th season as we speak), there is at least some intel available.

Keep reading for what we know so far about the show's likely release month and cast.

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Is there going go be a Law & Order: SVU Season 26?

Yes. NBC announced that the show has been renewed for a 26th season. The Peacock network also gave new season orders to Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and the flagship Law & Order series, confirming that Dick Wolf remains a busy man.

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What is the Law & Order: SVU Season 26 release date?

NBC hasn't announced an exact release date but the show is expected back for the 2024-25 broadcast TV season, which means it's likely to return in September.

Who is cast in Law & Order: SVU Season 26?

NBC hasn't offered any casting updates at this point and the network is unlikely to confirm a final lineup until after Season 25 wraps (lest they spoil any upcoming surprises). So for now, let's assume (and hope) the following core cast members will be back.

Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson



Ice-T as Det. Odafin "Fin" Tutuola

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Scott Gries/NBC

Peter Scanavino as ADA Dominick Carisi

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Ralph Bavaro/NBC

Octavio Pisano as Det. Joe Velasco

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Scott Gries/NBC

Kevin Kane as Det. Terry Bruno

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Ralph Bavaro/NBC

Will Kelli Giddish be back for Law & Order: SVU Season 26?

If only we knew! The latest on Giddish is that she will be reprising her role as Amanda Rollins in Season 25, episode 11. It's unclear whether her storyline will set her up for a full-time return to the show, or if her character is just popping by to remind viewers that Carisi is married with a child.

How to watch Law & Order: SVU Season 26

Law & Order is likely to keep its coveted time-slot and air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, after Law & Order. Cord cutters can stream the show on Peacock.

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