As the long-standing NBC crime drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” wraps up Season 15, it’s also preparing to return for another season.
Season 16 will begin airing on the network later this year.
NBC didn’t announce a premiere date yet, although it confirmed that SVU will stay in the 9 p.m. timeslot on Wednesday nights.
Considering that all 15 previous season have premiered in late September, Season 16 will most likely debut on September 24, 2014.
The show’s star Mariska Hargitay, who has been the lead detective on “Law & Order” since 1999, will be returning for the upcoming season. Hargitay is the only remaining lead actress since the inception of the show.
According to Deadline, producer Dick Wolf was reluctant to sign on for another season due to pay cuts, however the deal was sealed with NBC earlier in May.
The 15th season of “Law & Order: SVU” had an average rating of 2.5 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 49 of the overall 8.4 million viewers. There was also an increase of 19 percent in the number of adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who watched the show, and an overall increase in 1.2 million viewers more than last season.
Season 15 Finale Spoilers Ahead
Season 15 finale “Spring Awakening” will show Amaro’s recklessness which lands him in trouble with the Internal Affairs Bureau again. He will turn to John Munch for advice, but still has to face the consequences as his personal and professional life is put in grave danger.
Detective Olivia Benson will come across a suspect in a case that involved male tourists getting robbed and raped after replying to an escort online ad, and will be shocked by the perpetrator who she has a connection with.
Guest stars will include: Donal Logue, Jason Cerbone, Michael Potts, and Peter Hermann.
Episode 24 will air on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 9 p.m. on NBC.