Law & Order: SVU Season 25 is not coming to NBC in October 2023

NBC sets premiere dates for Law And Order Season 22, Law & Order: SVU Season 24, and Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 3
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When will the iconic series return to take the world by storm? Want to know more? Continue reading to find out more about the potential release date of Law & Order: SVU Season 25. 

Do you want to know when the next season of the first spin-off of Law & Order is going to premiere on the NBC network? If you are wondering the same thing and want all the answers, then you have reached the right place, as we can totally understand your excitement to see how the story will unfold after the events of the highly anticipated 25th season, which have sparked many questions in the fandom all over the web!

Sadly, viewers who want to binge-watch the next season will have to wait a while, as Law & Order: SVU Season 25 will not be coming to NBC anytime soon. So, if you want to get clarity about what happens next in the beloved series, which is created by Dick Wolf for the NBC network, then look no further! To help you prepare before diving into the show, we’ve compiled all of the relevant information right here for you!

Continue reading to learn about the potential release date of Law & Order: SVU Season 25. 

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 is not coming to NBC in October 2023

Is it premiering in October 2023 or not?

We are aware of the fact that it’s been a while since we got to see this popular crime drama television series make its official comeback with a new season, and we know how much die-hard fans have been speculating about its official return date all over the web. While it’s encouraging to see that interest in the show hasn’t completely waned. However, to the dismay of millions of loyal viewers, it seems that this year will not bring the next installment of our beloved show to NBC. We hate to break this to our readers, but the new season will not return in October 2023 or anytime soon. 

We are certain in reporting this because initially, the twenty-fifth season for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was ordered on April 10, 2023. But it was later revealed to be slated to premiere in September 2023, but due to the Writers and Screen Actors Guilds Strike, the season was postponed to 2024. For your consideration, our best assumption is that the beloved crime drama series will most likely premiere sometime around the first quarter of 2024 (January, February, and March), with new episodes airing every Thursday at 9:00 p.m./8 c. on NBC and later available to stream on Peacock.

In the meantime, the die-hard fans will have to suffice with the reruns of the series, which starts on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 8 p.m. on NBC, in order to compensate for the lack of new episodes for Law & Order: SVU, as the reruns will air alongside Law & Order and Law & Order: Organized Crime. Hence, we ask fans to keep an eye on social media channels for more information on the new release dates, which will be acknowledged later. Until we get any official confirmation, we can just assume what direction the writers and crew will take moving forward! 

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 is not coming to NBC in October 2023

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

Right now, we can confirm that nothing about the plot has been revealed since the network does not want any early spoilers to emerge before viewers get a chance to see the new season. But we are certain it will be true to its original premise, which follows a gripping tale in a fictionalized version of the New York City Police Department. From its inception, this show has captivated audiences with its intricate storytelling and intricate characters, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats, yearning for more. 

“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.”

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 is not coming to NBC in October 2023

Much to fan’s delight, the next season is also expected to pick up details from the final episode of Law & Order: SVU Season 24, “All Pain Is One Malady,” which was viewed by a total of 4.37 million US viewers and 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’ expectations! Take a look at the official promo for the final episode of Law & Order: SVU Season 24 below: 

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

Law & Order: SVU Season 25Expected Cast: Who will and will not reprise their roles?

No official announcements have been made regarding any new additions to the cast of Law & Order: SVU Season 25. 

For now, 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, as confirmed by Deadline. 

There can be some new additions to the cast, which will be disclosed by the network later. Until then, one can only speculate. While Giddish’s comeback as Amanda Rollins hasn’t been announced, there’s reason to think she’ll be returning for Season 25, as the plot revealed that Rollins is pregnant! This makes her chances of reprising the role in the new episodes more prominent. Despite Christopher Meloni’s several guest appearances, it is still unknown what will happen to his character, Elliott Stabler. But it wouldn’t be surprising if he again joined forces.

Moreover, the crew of this beloved series includes Dick Wolf, 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 is not coming to NBC in October 2023

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 Official Episode Count: Where to stream?

When the renewal was confirmed, the new season received a 22-episode order from the network, except for Law & Order: Organised Crime, which will have 13 episodes that are expected to air on a weekly basis. But after the ongoing strikes have gained more momentum and don’t seem to reach an agreement anytime soon, causing delays in production, the chances of the official episode count decreasing aren’t far-fetched, as the network might decide to air a shorter season with 15 to 18 episodes as a part of cost-cutting, which will be a direct result of the ongoing dual strikes. 

Since it is unlikely that a large network like NBC will hurry to create all the episodes in such a short amount of time when the scripts are still in development, this might lead to tremendous disruption on the sets. As a result, it makes sense that the show creators might opt to produce fewer episodes for this season alone, which can later be compensated with a supersized 26th season if it ever gets renewed. On the other hand, all details on the episode titles and synopsis for Season 25 will be released later, once the premiere date draws near, in order to prevent early spoilers.

Law & Order: SVU Season 25 is not coming to NBC in October 2023

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

Due to incomplete scripts, the network has held up production as a direct result of the strikes. On a positive note, the WGA strike has finally concluded, but it’s the SAG-AFTRA strike that is still ongoing, due to which the production is halted as the negotiations are still happening. As a direct result, the network hasn’t published any new official trailers or teasers for the new season because it takes time for such promotional stuff to be created and officially posted on the web, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere of the new episodes. 

For the time being, fans will have to rely on the previous seasons to remember what’s happened so far if they 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 previous 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 that depend on the user’s region.

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