Law & Order: SVU and executive producer Dick Wolf celebrate the NBC crime drama’s 300th episode on Wednesday, October 24 at 9/8c with “Manhattan Vigil”.
In the landmark 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU called “Manhattan Vigil”, a young boy from Morningside Heights is kidnapped while in the care of his father, and the investigation reminds Captain Cragen (Dann Florek,) Sergeant Munch (Richard Belzer) and Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) of an unsolved kidnapping that occurred in the same neighborhood thirteen years ago. While the entire squad races against the clock to find the missing boy, Benson vows to learn from past mistakes to set both cases right.
Interestingly, actor Chris Orbach, son of late Law & Order regular Jerry Orbach, was on tap to guest star in the 300th episode of SVU but was a last minute cut.
“It was great having him on set,” admitted Dick Wolf to The Deadbolt, “but my latest cut does not have him in it. It has nothing to do with anything other than the needs of a constantly shrinking format. But it was great to have him back and it was nice to see him.”
Although Chris Orbach was originally intended to be in the 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU but fell victim to the cutting room floor, one person than fans will see is actor Tom Sizemore in a guest role.
So, what can fans expect from Tom Sizemore come Wednesday night? As Dick Wolf revealed, Sizemore has an integral role in the “Manhattan Vigil” storyline.
“It’s an interesting role,” Wolf added. “It’s not a major part, but it is an important part of the episode. He is an expert at this type of character.”
But now that Law & Order: SVU has reached 300 episodes across fourteen seasons, the popular crime drama is following in the footsteps of Wolf’s long-running Law & Order. As die hard fans know, Law & Order lasted for twenty seasons, an amazing feat that only a handful of shows have managed to reach.
How does Dick Wolf feel about the longevity of SVU in today’s TV landscape?
“There are a lot of people who said the show couldn’t survive with Chris Meloni leaving,” Wolf continued when asked about the success of the series. “I think that the writing is the most important element of long-term success for any series. That Mariska (Hargitay) is obviously a very integral part of the show, and I’m delighted that she is here and hopeful that she’ll be here as long as the show is.”