NBC announced it is renewing “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for a record-setting 21st season. Mariska Hargitay will return as lead detective, Lt. Olivia Benson — and will become the longest-running female character in a live-action primetime series.
Hargitay has earned eight Emmy nominations for her role, winning the award for lead actress in a drama in 2006. In addition to starring on the series, Hargitay is also executive producer and a director.
It’s no surprise the announcement was made as March ended and April approached: March was Women’s History Month and April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “SVU” has been addressing issues of sexual assault every week for 20 years and its star is making women’s history.