Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 23 episode 1 will commence the new season of the long-running crime-drama series. NBC ordered the season back in February 2020. Wolf Films and Universal Television have produced the season that will premiere on NBC this Thursday. Warren Leight will serve as the showrunner. This season will bid farewell to Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes as they will be departing from the series. Season 23 of SVU will also air the milestone 500th episode of the series as the sixth episode.
Episode 1 of Law & Order: SVU will premiere along with the second episode in a 2-hour long premiere. Episode 1 will revolve around the investigation into the sex-for-housing scheme while episode 2 will continue to follow it through. Fans of the long-running series will also have to say goodbye to two characters. Let’s now delve into what the first two episodes of SVU season 23 will entail. Spoilers ahead!
Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Episode 1 Release Date
Episodes 1 of Law & Order: SVU season 23 will release simultaneously with episode 2 in a 2-hour premiere on September 23, 2021, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Episode 1 — “And The Empire Strikes Back”, and Episode 2 — “Never Turn Your Back On Them” will release simultaneously. The 2-hour runtime of the season 23 premiere has made fans of the show pretty hyped.
Where to Watch Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 1 Online?
Apart from watching the episode 1 and 2 of Law & Order: SVU season 23 on NBC, you can also catch it online. You can catch the premiere on NBC’s official website. You can also catch it on live TV services like Fubo TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Hulu+Live TV. Other alternatives to watch Law & Order: SVU on include video-on-demand services like Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Cast
Mariska Hargitay will return as Captain Olivia Benson. Kelli Giddish will be returning as Detective 2nd Grade Amanda Rollins. Ice-T stars as Sergeant Odafin “Fin” Tutuola. Peter Scanavino stars as ADA Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr. Jamie Gray Hyder will star as a special guest as Detective 3rd Grade Katriona “Kat” Tamin. Demore will also be guest-starring as Deputy Chief Christian Garland. Christopher Meloni will be crossover starring as Detective 1st Grade Elliot Stabler. Danielle Moné Truitt will be crossover starring as Sergeant Ayanna Bell.
Terry Serpico will play Chief Tommy McGrath. Ben Rappaport will play Congressman George Howard and Zabryna Guevera will play Dr. Catalina Machado. Saverio Guerra will play as Paulie Banducci and TJ Lee will play Celia Long. Ryan Garbayo will play Ruben Ortiz while Aime Donna Kelly will play IAB Captain Renee Curry. Stephen C. Bradburry will play Judge Colin McNamara. Angelic Zambrana will play Rosa Estrada. Jeffrey Schecter will play Counsellor Art Blumfeld. Carrie Kim will play Celine Tatou.
Demore Barnes and Jamie Gray Hyder Say Goodbye to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Demore Barnes and Jamie Gray Hyder will be departing SVU in the season 23 premiere. The announcement of their departure first came in September 2021. Following the announcement, Gray and Hyder revealed that the decision wasn’t their own. The reason for their departure probably has something to do with creative differences. The 2-hour season premiere will be the last we will be seeing of the two actors on the show.
Apart from the two actors, the rest of the cast will be reprising their roles for the season. Zabryna Guevera returns as Dr. Catalina Machado, a sex trafficker who’ll help SVU expose a congressman. Serpico is also returning, reprising his role of Chief Tommy McGrath. Glenn Fleshler will also be guest starring in the 2-hour premiere.
Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Episode 1 and 2 Plot Spoilers
Episode 1 of Law & Order: SVU season 23 will see Benson’s loyalty to Garland being put to a test. Meanwhile, the investigation into a sex-for-housing scheme expands. After a powerful congressman comes under suspicion, Rollins and Carisi try to keep their witnesses onboard. Episode 2 of Law & Order: SVU season 23 will see Kat and Fin continue their search. Their search for missing witnesses will lead them to a perilous path. Meanwhile, Chief McGrath will put pressure on Garland and Benson to get a conviction.