Ice-T Renews ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Contract For Two More Years

Published 3 years ago by

ice t fin tutuola law order svu Ice T Renews Law & Order: SVU Contract For Two More Years

Longtime Law & Order: Special Victims Unit regular Ice-T has signed on for another two years as Detective Tutuola. Does this mean that SVU will continue once Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay are gone?

Tracy “Ice-T” Marrow has played Fin Tutuola on Special Victims Unit for eleven years, joining the cast in Season 2, making him one of the series’ longest continuing cast members. Last month it was announced Christopher Meloni, who has played Detective Stabler since the series began, will not return for Season 13. Mariska Hargitay will only play Detective Benson for half of the new season, and may not return next year.

While the renewal of Ice-T’s contract doesn’t mean that the show will continue for two more years, it certainly implies that NBC-Universal would like it to. After USA airs the last episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent this summer, SVU will be the only Law & Order series in active development. The end of SVU could finally put a franchise spanning more than two decades to rest.

That would be an unfortunate occurrence for NBC, as SVU is its highest-rated drama, and the broadcast network hasn’t shown anything in the pilot season that might replace it. The cop drama franchise torch has largely passed to CBS, whose various incarnations of CSI and NCIS have followed the same trail that Law & Order blazed with its handful of spin-off series.

benson stabler meloni hargitay svu Ice T Renews Law & Order: SVU Contract For Two More Years

Though Ice-T played a few small parts in films in the 80s (including Breakin’ and its sequel) he made a name for himself in the gangster rap scene of the early 90s. He has appeared in various TV specials and shows, usually as himself, a hard nosed cop (New Jack City) or a rapper/gangster character.

The second half of his acting career began in earnest in 1995, when he played in Johnny Mnemonic and Tank Girl and guest-starred on New York Undercover (created by Law & Order patriarch Dick Wolf). The performance earned him an NAACP Image Award. He went on to play a pimp in Exiled: A Law & Order Movie in 2007.

Since gaining more mainstream appeal on SVU, Ice-T has appeared on various reality shows, including his own VH1 show Ice-T’s Rap School in 2006. He’s also has a new show on E! with his wife called Ice Loves Coco, beginning June 12th. Observant viewers will recall an in-character appearance as Detective Tutuola on NBC’s 30 Rock earlier this year, along with fellow SVU cast member Richard “Munch” Belzer.

-

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will return to NBC in the fall.

Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelCrider

Source: TVLine

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:
TAGS: law and order:svu

8 Comments

Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.


If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it.

  1. With Stabler and Benson gone from the series, I’ll have rather little interest in watching the show now. I’ve been an avid fan of L&O:SVU (or as we affectionately call it in our family: SUV) since it started. Tutuola and Munch are the two characters I like the least of all the L&O series. Even their back stories are uninteresting and tend to the melodramatic (at least, Tutuola’s does). But that’s just me. Part of me hopes that there will ALWAYS be a L&O series on at any given time :) They invented a format that works: the 2-part “cops, then lawyers” layout.

    • I have always preferred Tutuola and Munch to Benson and Stabler. Lately this has become “Law and Order: Benson & Stabler”. Glad to see them go!. Hope that now there will be more time for my favorites, and probaly the favorites of other peoples, too!

  2. Sad that ICET a rapper who once called fro the killing of LAPD officers would be playing a NYPD Detective. Why do NYPD cops not raise a stink on this hypocrit ICET.

  3. Ice T is hella fine,always have been,always will be!!
    I would love to “ROCK ICE TS WORLD EVEN IF ITS ONLY ONE TIME!!”
    Ice T,if you have a girlfreind,fiancee or wife she is “BLESSED & VERY LUCKY!”
    To have a fine ass man,whom is a sweetheart,has a heart of gold,great sense of humor,loving & caring.
    I know your kids are just as adorable
    As their daddy.
    Inow your
    I know ypou

  4. Ice T,I know your a terrific man,I
    Watch the Law & Order Special Victims
    Unit every single day & night so I know
    Deep in my heart that everything you
    Done for “CLAIR” I know you do that
    In real life as well.
    I had the book of: ” THE LIFE OF ICE T_ _
    Based on a true story”
    But my daughters freind borrowed it
    & I never got it back before she was
    Kidnapped at gun point,forced in a car
    She was taken to the stadium here
    In San Francisco where the 49ers
    Play( CANDLESTICK PARK.)
    She wad forced into the trunk of
    The car,the car was set on fire with
    My daughters freind Jills body in the

    Trunk.
    The police did catch the two females & yhree

  5. Ice T,I know,you have a heart of gold
    & “CAN YOU PLEASE TELL DETECTIVES
    STABLER & ELIVIA THAT THE SHOW
    WILL NEVER,EVER BE THE SAME AT
    ALL WITHOUT YOU THREE ON THE SHOW?!”

  6. Oh by the way Ice T,I forgot to say one
    Thing to all the Law & Order Crew :”WE HERE IN SAN FRANPSYCHO(San Francisco,Ca. LOVE YOU ALL,THE WHOLE
    CREW SOOOO NONE OF THE CREW
    MEMBERS SHOULD LEAVE THE SHOW,IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME SO STABLER & ELIVIA PLEASE,PLEASE DONT LEAVE THE SHOW?!
    “LOVE YOU MILLIONS ICED T!!!!”

  7. I love the cast. I feel Ice T. Should been seen more.