“It’s all happening…,” Hargitay shared on Instagram, tagging the photo of her and Meloni with “#OC,” which refers to the new series. The other photos in the same post revealed that the pair were actually on the set of the spinoff.
Following the announcement of Meloni’s return to the Law & Order universe, it was revealed Stabler would first appear on SVU, reuniting with his former longtime partner, Benson, before spinning off into his own series. In fact, showrunner Warren Leight has even teased their anticipated episode together by sharing pictures of their first official table read.
“We have been Zooming our cast read throughs all season,” he told ET in January ahead of season 22’s return. “This one was different. In some ways it had the feel of an opening night on Broadway: lots of anticipation, excitement, even nervousness. We had many well-wishers from the network, studio, and Wolf Entertainment join us. The moment Benson and Stabler had their first scene, everything fell into place. I just wish we could have all gone to an opening party when it was over.”
Now it seems that they’ve been busy filming both series, which will likely see Benson and Stabler crossing over between SVU and Organized Crime, with the latter expected to debut in the spring after being pushed back from the NBC fall 2020 lineup.