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Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann Share Rare Pic with Dick Wolf From "Family Lunch"

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star got together with the show's iconic creator. 

By Jackie Manno

Mariska Hargitay just celebrated 25 Season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with the man who made it all happen. 

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On January 28, Hargitay took to her official Instagram page to share a snapshot of her grabbing lunch with her husband, Peter Hermann, and the legendary executive producer and creator of the Law & Order universe, Dick Wolf. In the picture, Hargitay holds up the camera as the three all give big grins while sitting in a booth. 

"Sunday family lunch. So very very much to celebrate….. #SVU25 #Here’sTo25," she wrote in the caption.

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In 2019, Hargitay reflected on Wolf's impact when speaking to USA Today: "You have to take stock of these 21 years and the origins of it and how it happened and (Wolf's) vision," she said. "And sometimes, for me, it feels like his vision is so awe-inspiring, it's hard to download how one person could not think of one show, but all these shows. And then after 20 years end, he's like 'Don't worry about it, I'll do it again.'"

Dick Wolf talks about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Wolf is the mastermind behind the wildly successful Law & Order franchise, with one of his most successful projects being SVU, which has been going strong since 1999. The producer said in a statement in April 2023 about how excited he is for the premiere of the show's 25th Season

A split of Mariska Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann and Dick Wolf

“I’m pleased to continue my four-decade relationship with Universal Television and NBC. All six shows being picked up again is the ultimate accolade to our incredible casts, producers, and writers. I'd also like to thank our loyal fans who have kept our NBC shows on the air for what will be a cumulative 84 seasons,” he said. 

Lisa Katz, the president of scripted programming at NBCUniversal and Streaming, also said in a statement about the landmark 25th Season: “We understand the emotional connection our audience has with these characters and we can’t wait to bring more of their stories to the forefront next season. A huge thank you to Dick and his amazing team who are the masters of producing incredibly compelling television week after week.”

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Meanwhile, in a 2022 interview with Variety, Wolf spoke about the show's massive impact on the world of television today. 

“It’s very comforting to know absolutely what the legacy will be into the future,” he told the outlet.

Fellow producer Greg Berlanti also talked about how much the Law & Order franchise has affected mainstream media in the same interview. 

“Wherever I go in the country, wherever I go in the world, people reference Dick Wolf shows,” he said. "The priority is telling stories that move an audience. The real value of any show is ultimately its relationship with an audience. Dick Wolf makes shows that people love and love to talk about,” he added.