How many episodes will be there in Law & Order: SVU Season 25?

How many episodes will be in Law & Order: SVU Season 25?
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Attention readers! It’s time to uncover all the latest updates and speculations surrounding the upcoming season! Continue reading to find out more about Law & Order: SVU Season 25. 

Over the last two decades, Law & Order franchise has captured the television ratings with new amazing seasons, which has caused fans to raise many questions like, “How many episodes will be in Law & Order: SVU Season 25?” These queries are crucial to address, so especially for you, we at Web News Observer have compiled all the details about the upcoming thrilling chapter! Firstly, we would like to highlight that, sadly it looks like the next season of this crime drama series will be a short one when compared to the previous seasons. 

Yes, you read it right! Even though the series received an early renewal with a 22-episode order, which was announced earlier this year. The official episode count for Law & Order: SVU Season 25 might vary because we’ve heard that the network might be considering shortening the upcoming season with 16 to 18 episodes having an average runtime of 40–44 minutes as a part of cost-cutting with respect to the ongoing strikes that started this year, which include the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike along with the 2023 WGA strike.

How many episodes will be in Law & Order: SVU Season 25?

These strikes have put many of Hollywood’s production houses into a complete halt, due to which it would be ideal for the creators to reduce the episode count for the next season, as there is no way the crew will be able to produce 22 episodes if the strike reaches an agreement within the next few weeks. After all, post-production also takes a lot of time to complete, and there is no way, with a standard episode count, the network will be able to roll out the new season on time this year. So, these are just a few reasons why the new season will be a shorter one compared to the prior ones!

In conclusion, we’ll just have to wait and see what path the show creators will take, which might be announced in the coming weeks. Until then, this is just our best speculation, which makes complete sense as the NBC network might also consider renewing this beloved show for a 26th season that, as per the schedule, would be aiming to release in the fall of 2024 in order to maintain the series premiere consistency by not creating a cluster of many episodes airing without a mandatory break between each season, which might lead the viewers to tune out and not stream the shows anymore.

How many episodes will be in Law & Order: SVU Season 25?

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 Release Date: When will it premiere?

It looks like a major storm of strikes has finally made its stop for major television networks, as NBC isn’t safe from the delays in the production of the new season, which was scheduled to premiere in the 2023-24 fall broadcast season! 

If you’ve been keeping up, then you’ll know that currently, SAG-AFTRA, otherwise known as the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, has joined hands with the WGA, or the Writers Guild of America, on the picket lines, due to which the production of major series across major networks has come to a stop until a proper resolution regarding the actor’s and writer’s compensation is made, which has already started to cause delays in the release of the new seasons.

How many episodes will be in Law & Order: SVU Season 25?

Right now, it looks like the entire NBC’s 2023-24 fall broadcast schedule is about to be revised just like ABC until next year, as there is no guarantee that both strikes will reach an agreement anytime soon. Moreover, the production usually begins around late July each year for the creators to successfully premiere new episodes by the fall release window for the respective works. Due to this, we are guessing that the production won’t even start by August 2023 or even later. 

As a result, there is also no chance that Law & Order: SVU Season 25 will premiere in 2023! 

We would also like to emphasize that NBC might also opt for the same approach as the competitor network, ABC, which has decided to shift the release dates for all the scripted shows until early to mid-2024 by scheduling all the nonscripted shows for the rest of the year, which usually doesn’t require any writers or actors. This move will help to fix the primetime schedule for the fall season in order to avoid significant empty slots or reruns of previously aired episodes.

How many episodes will be in Law & Order: SVU Season 25?

In conclusion, NBC might aim to review the fall lineup by releasing a new schedule in the coming weeks, with the ideal release window for Law & Order: SVU Season 25 will be set for 2024, with the new episodes airing at the same time slot of every Thursdays at 9:00 pm/8c, in order to avoid any further disruption caused by the strike and disclose new details in the near future! In conclusion, it’s only a matter of time before the modified broadcasting schedule becomes known to the viewers.

Hence, we ask fans to be patient and keep an eye on social media channels for more information on the probable release date, which will ultimately be acknowledged.

Until we get any official confirmation, we’ll just have to wait and see what direction the writers and crew will take going forward! In the meantime, check out the official announcement as shared by the show’s Twitter handle confirming the previous release window of the entire Law & Order franchise, quoting, “Alert the squad! Law & Order and SVU return Thursdays this fall, and Organized Crime returns in 2024 on @NBC and streaming on @Peacock.”

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 Plot: What to expect from the new season?

Everything regarding the plot has been kept under wraps as the network does not want any early spoilers to leak before the fans get a chance to watch the new season. But we are certain it will be true to its original premise, which follows:

This groundbreaking series from executive producer Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order” franchise chronicles the ripped-from-the-headlines investigations of the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit. Led by courageous and compassionate Capt. Olivia Benson, this elite team includes Sgt. Odafin Tutuola, Detective Amanda Rollins, Officer Katriona Tamin, and Deputy Chief Christian Garland focus on finding justice for the victims of the city’s worst crimes. Assisting them is ADA Sonny Carisi, who seeks justice for SVU’s victims and survivors with passion and precision.

How many episodes will be in Law & Order: SVU Season 25?

*Spoiler Alert*

Moreover, we are certain that the next season will definitely pick up elements from the final episode of Law & Order: SVU Season 24, “All Pain Is One Malady,” which is directed by Norberto Barba and written by David Graziano & Julie Martin. In the episode, viewers got to see that in the search for a revenge-for-hire crime ring, Benson and Stabler combine forces on a case that has now spread globally. Fin and Bruno help a victim assaulted a second time, and Jet’s plan to hack the dark web backfires and puts the team in danger.

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC,” Dick Wolf said in a statement of his own. Further adding, “All six shows being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers, and writers. I’d also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons.” So, there is no doubt that the series will develop the plot and respective character arcs in favor of the fans’ anticipation! 

Take a look at the official promo for the final episode of Law & Order: SVU Season 24 below to get some context:

Law and Order SVU 24x22 Promo "All Pain Is One Malady" (HD) Season Finale | Crossover Event

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?

As of writing this, no new cast additions have been announced for Law & Order: SVU Season 25, which, if ever happens, will be disclosed once the production begins! 

Until then, the main cast members who are expected to return include Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson, Kelli Giddish as Senior Detective Amanda Rollins, Ice-T as Sergeant Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, Peter Scanavino as Assistant District Attorney Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr., Octavio Pisano as Junior Detective Joe Velasco, among others. Molly Burnett, who played Junior Detective Grace Muncy, has also left the show after less than a year on the show, Deadline has confirmed. 

“We understand the emotional connection our audience has with these characters and we can’t wait to bring more of their stories to the forefront next season,” Lisa Katz, the president of scripted programming at NBCUniversal and Streaming, said in a statement. Further adding, “A huge thank you to Dick and his amazing team who are the masters of producing incredibly compelling television week after week.”

Moreover, the crew of this beloved series, including Dick Wolf, is the creator and executive producer of the production company Wolf Entertainment, for NBC, along with David Graziano, Julie Martin, Mariska Hargitay, Norberto Barba, Kenneth Brown, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski executive produce. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 Official Trailer: Is there any promo available?

As mentioned above, the new season has not been filmed due to incomplete scripts and the network holding up production for a while due to the ongoing strikes.

As a result, the network hasn’t published any new official trailers or teasers for the new season. Moreover, it takes time for such promotional stuff to be published, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere of the new episodes. So, for the time being, fans will have to rely on the previous season’s plotlines and character arcs to remember what’s happened so far if you haven’t watched the show yet! 

All the prior seasons of the series are exclusively available to stream for free on NBC’s official website and app based on the user’s location. The viewers can also catch up with all the seasons on Peacock, Hulu Plus, FuboTV, and Sky TV in the UK. For international viewers, it is also available for renting or purchasing on Vudu or Amazon Instant Video, with a vast number of membership plans (in select regions).

While you wait for more Law & Order: SVU Season 25 updates on Web News Observer, catch up on the previous seasons on NBC.