'Law & Order: SVU' renewed for fourteenth season

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

NBC renewed Law & Order: SVU for a 14th season, despite declining ratings.

The network has also picked up a new series from SVU producer Dick Wolf - Chicago Fire.

However, actor Christopher Meloni is not expected to reprise his SVU role as Det. Elliot Stabler.

“My whole life on SVU was awesome. I’m appreciative of everyone on the show,” he said. “There was nothing wrong with that show, or nothing wrong with those people. There was just something in my heart that was unhappy. I made myself happy again.”

But he will play a vampire in the upcoming season of True Blood, which begins June 10.

Meloni’s SVU co-star Mariska Hargitay will return to the show.

"I'll be back. I can't leave this show," she said in January. "I'm having too much fun."

Both Hargitay and Meloni have been with the show since its 1999 debut.

"When I first got this job, I was so excited because I've been on two first-year shows in the last three years and it's just such a blessing to be on a show that is stable and has been around and has got a definite fanbase," the actress said. "But also, it's not afraid of changing it up and they did change it up this year.”

Fire focuses on those in Chicago’s Fire Department. It stars Teri Reeves, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett and Lauren German.

NBC will announce its new fall schedule May 14.



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