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From terror of maids to unicorn: Chris Meloni did everything during the disappearance of SVU

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Back in the universe of Law & Order: SVU this Thursday (1st) after ten years away, Christopher Meloni did everything during the period when he did not play detective Elliot Stabler. The actor lived from the terror of the handmaidens in The Handmaid’s Tale to the unicorn partner in Happy! (2017-2019), available on Netflix.

In the United States, Meloni will appear tonight ahead of Law & Order: Organized Crime, the franchise’s new spin-off. He will also make sporadic appearances in the plot starring his former partner, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), to match the narratives.

In one of the teasers to publicize the 22nd season of SVU, Benson’s ex-partner explained in a conversation with Fin (Ice-T) the reason for his disappearance without giving satisfaction to former New York police colleagues, when he left office detective in the 11th year of the series.

“Look, when I left SVU, I know I didn’t handle it very well,” says Stabler at the beginning of the teaser, in a clear reference to his troubled departure from the cast. “You didn’t even deal with the situation. We worked side by side for ten years, man,” replies Fin. “Time goes by and you don’t know what to do. Days become months, which become years. I just kept waiting for the right moment,” explains Stabler.

In real life, however, Meloni abruptly abandoned production after failing to reach an agreement with the producers to renew his contract. The protagonist’s departure was justified at the premiere of the following year, with Stabler announcing his retirement from the police without saying goodbye to the team and not even appearing physically. Olivia received the news from the mouth of her then captain, Don Cragen (Dann Florek).

In the United States, the actor and his character will return to the universe of special victims in a special crossover. First, he will take part in an unprecedented chapter of SVU that will mark the reunion of former partners Stabler and Benson. Then, in the first episode of the Organized Crime spin-off.

Versatile

In Brazil, the works of Christopher Meloni in those ten years away from Law & Order: SVU were not as popular as the police series shown on Universal TV. After leaving the plot in 2011, the actor participated in some episodes of True Blood (2008-2014) as the vampire Roman Zimojic.

Meloni starred in the sitcom Surviving Jack (2014), shown here by the Warner Channel, and the bullshit Another American Summer: First Day of Camp (2017), which only lasted one season each. With the artist, Underground (2016-2017) was canceled after two waves of episodes.

As another police officer, only lost in life, Stabler’s interpreter became a drunk who was hallucinating with a unicorn to solve crimes in Feliz !, a production made available by Netflix that was also short-lived: it only lasted two years.

In The Handmaid’s Tale, the star played authoritative commander George Winslow in season three. The terror of the maids died when trying to rape the protagonist, June (Elisabeth Moss), who stabbed him and hit him with a statue in self-defense. The actor also accumulated small participations in several other series that were not even shown in Brazil.

What is Organized Crime?

In Organized Crime, Elliot Stabler returns to the New York Police Department after a major personal loss. Determined to put his life back together, he agrees to take the lead in the force that pursues the most dangerous men in the country. The SVU derivative does not yet have a premiere date in Brazil, but should be shown on Universal TV, as the parent series.

In addition to Meloni, Organized Crime also has Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), Tamara Taylor (Bones), Danielle Moné Truitt (Rebel) and Ainsley Seiger (American Waste) in the main cast. Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue), Nick Creegan (David Makes Man), Ben Chase (Transparent) and Jaylin Fletcher (Snowpiercer) will make regular appearances.

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