Mariska Hargitay’s “Law & Order: SVU” Character Becomes the Longest-Running on Primetime

Mariska Hargitay in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

Detective Olivia Benson isn’t going anywhere.

The character played by Mariska Hargitay is set to become the longest-running in a primetime live-action series sinceLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit has been renewed for a record-breaking 21st season.

The order from NBC makes Dick Clark’s series the longest-running live-action show on primetime, eclipsing the original Law & Order, which ran for 20 seasons.

“As SVU moves into its third decade, Mariska has become an iconic figure as a star, advocate and crusader for women,” said creator/executive producer Wolf.

“She is an enduring champion of the movement to end sexual violence, and dozens of episodes have dealt with the very same issues that have shifted into the spotlight in this country in the past two years. Mariska is a delight as #1 on the call sheet and, to me, a true friend.”

Mariska expresses her own gratitude for the role she gets to play:

“I’m deeply proud to be a part of this groundbreaking show, and humbled to make television history today,” she said. “The longevity and continued success of SVU is a testament not only to the show’s powerful storytelling and ability to connect with viewers, but to its necessity. We have told important stories for 20 years, and we will continue to tell them.”

And we’ll be here to watch.