Is ‘Law & Order: SVU’ season 16, episode 20 new tonight?

Law & Order: SVU logoFor a long time, we insinuated that there was not going to be a long hiatus of “Law & Order: SVU” in April due to there being one while “Empire” was wrapping up, and considering what we tend to think of as the standard episode order for the show. Regrettably, we were wrong, and there is no new installment of the show tonight … or next week either, for that matter.

So when do you have to wait until in order to see Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino, and the rest of the cast on your TV set again? Think along the lines of Wednesday, April 29, and even when that episode rolls around, it is going to be extremely different than most others. This is when the show is going to show off the third part of the crossover event with “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD”, and it is even going to be airing at a different time to go along with it. Set your clocks accordingly for 10:00 p.m. Eastern, or just start watching at 8:00 and you can see all three parts in a row.

In terms of episode count, it seems that we are seeing the overall order this season brought down to just 23 installments from the typical 24. We imagine that one of the reasons for that is all of the crossovers and extra footage that is being filmed away from the flagship show. Plus, Mariska has to sleep at some point, right? She has already proven herself to be one of the busiest women in TV week in and week out.

As of right now, the finale for season 16 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20.

(Photo: NBC.)

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