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Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 — release date and everything we know about the Christopher Meloni-led series

 Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler running in Law & Order: Organized Crime
Christopher Meloni in Law & Order: Organized Crime (Image credit: Peter Kramer/NBC)

If you’re keeping track, on Law & Order: Organized Crime, Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) has so far gone undercover as an enforcer for Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott), a low-level flunky for the Albanian mafia and most recently, a dirty NYPD cop. 

With each assignment, he’s managed to find himself in circumstances that have nearly cost him his life and have had adverse effects on his loved ones (his son was set up for murder and his mother was kidnapped). While for most people these assignments and repercussions would be enough reason to quit, Stabler is pressing forward in his job in Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3. 

Here’s everything we know about Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3.  

When is the Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 release date?  

Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 premieres on Thursday, September 22, at 10 pm ET/PT on NBC. The show concludes the network's Law & Order Thursdays as the new seasons of the OG debuts at 8 pm ET/PT and Law & Order: SVU at 9 pm ET/PT. 

To date, there is no official word as to when the new season of Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 arrives for the UK. However, season 2 is now available on Sky TV.  

Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 cast 

Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, Ainsley Seiger as Jet Slootmaekers on Law & Order: Organized Crime

Christopher Meloni and Ainsley Seiger on Law & Order: Organized Crime (Image credit: Eric Liebowitz/NBC)

The series lead Christopher Meloni is back to reprise his role as Detective Elliot Stabler. Prior to Meloni being tapped to resurrect the character in his own spinoff, he played the brash, yet committed, officer for 12 seasons on Law & Order: SVU. The actor has also been featured as Don Wild in Maxxx, George Winslow in The Handmaid’s Tale and August Pullman in Underground

Joining Meloni for another action-packed season is Danielle Moné Truitt as Sergeant Ayana Bell. Bell has previously starred as Dr. Angela Douglass in Chicago Med, Charlie Minnick in Deputy and Sheila in Snowfall

Rounding out the main cast is Ainsley Seiger, who plays Detective Jet Slootmaekers. To date, her performance as Jet on Law & Order: Organized Crime marks the star’s most notable role. 

Viewers should also note there are a number of other actors slated to reprise their various recurring roles including, but not limited to, Ellen Burstyn (The First Lady, House of Cards), Nicky Torchia (The Goldfinch, Black Mirror), Mike Cannon (Gotham, The Blacklist) and Rachel Lin (Bull). 

Of course, we can’t forget the probability that Mariska Hargitay makes a few appearances as Captain Olivia Benson. Since the inception of Law & Order: Organized Crime, Olivia has made frequent guest appearances. Given the unfinished history between her and Elliot, fans should brace themselves for more Hargitay sightings. 

It was recently announced in Deadline (opens in new tab), that joining the Organized Crime unit as new detectives are Rick Gonzalez and Brent Antonello. No word yet on the capacity of their roles. 

Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 plot

An official synopsis for the new season hasn’t been released by NBC yet, but fans of the show know there are few storylines season 3 is set to explore given how things ended in the season 2 finale. 

For example, Sergeant Bell’s wife left her in the wake of the sergeant’s raid of Congressman Kilbride’s law offices. Not only did she leave, but she took the couple’s child with her. Going forward, viewers have to wait and see if the two can repair their fractured relationship or if a nasty divorce looms. 

Then there’s Jet. While she is normally focused on her abilities as a skilled hacker, she found herself head over heels for Adam "Malachi" Mintock (Wesam Keesh). The show can’t possibly ignore the young romance between the cop and the reformed criminal turned NYPD asset. 

Last, but certainly not least, the love dance between Elliot and Olivia is without question going to continue in the new season. While we aren’t certain to the extent the ex-partners will take things, it just feels like Dick Wolf owes fans more than cyclical conversations and subtle remarks signaling "romantic" feelings. 

When you go beyond the personal lives of the officers, the heart of the series remains the same. A crime procedural that explores a specific unit’s journey to apprehend some of New York’s most notorious crime syndicate leaders. 

Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 trailer 

It’s still a bit too early in the summer for an official Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 trailer. However, when one becomes available, we’ll be sure to include it here.  

How to watch Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 

Law & Order: Organized Crime season 3 airs live exclusively on NBC. For those that don’t have traditional cable/satellite television, you still have the opportunity to watch the show live when it airs using live TV streaming services such as FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV

Are you someone that prefers to watch shows in your own time? No problem. New episodes become available to stream on Peacock the day after they air live for individuals with a premium membership to the platform. 

UK fans will more than likely have to wait for the series to conclude season 3 in the US before the new episodes appear. Once we have an official release date, we’ll be sure to report that information.

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