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Law & Order: SVU Season 16 First Look: Meet Olivia Benson's New Protégé

Law & Order SVU Season 16

It’s never easy being the new guy on the team — a fact Peter Scanavino‘s character will learn the hard way when Law & Order: SVU returns next month.

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TVLine has an exclusive first look at the NBC procedural’s Season 16 squad, which includes guest star Scanavino (Person of InterestThe Blacklist) as Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr., newly assigned to Manhattan SVU after a few months working in other boroughs’ special victims units. Olivia will reluctantly take him under her wing and help him learn the ropes.

Detective Carisi is introduced on the season premiere, which also finds Olivia juggling work with her new life as a foster mother to Noah. Things become especially harrowing when Detective Amaro’s undercover work involves people connected to Noah’s mother, putting Olivia’s new baby in danger.

Law & Order: SVU returns Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 9/8c on NBC.

SVU fans, check out our first look group shot below, then drop a comment with your hopes for Season 16.

Law & Order SVU Season 16