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'Law & Order: SVU' renewed for 16th Season

'Law & Order: SVU' renewed for 16th Season © Retna Ltd. / Mariska Hargitay 'Law & Order: SVU' renewed for 16th Season

By Tim Molloy

Dummdumm: NBC has renewed "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for a 16th season.

The beloved police procedural, the last man standing in Dick Wolf's storied franchise, is averaging a respectable 2.5 rating in the key 18-49 demographic in its current season.

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The show, starring Mariska Hargitay, earns steady buzz for its trademark twists on topical storylines and special guests like Alec Baldwin, who this season played a sleazy journalist.

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"Law & Order: SVU" is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Wolf is creator and executive producer, and Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Jonathan Starch and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

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