I am a huge fan of HBO’s first original series, Oz (1997-2003). It was an incredibly violent and gritty show about life (and a hell of a lot of death) in a prison. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Christopher Meloni was one of the standout performers as the character Chris Keller, a homicidal bisexual inmate. Character actor Lee Tergesen played Tobias Beecher, Keller’s sexual interest in a long story arc that bridges the entire series where viewers are held in suspense over whether there is something more of an emotional bond between them.
Free from network censors, creator Tom Fontana covered anything and everything you can imagine about prison in Oz.
One of the interesting things about Oz is that so many of its actors have also appeared on Dick Wolf’s various Law & Order series. With that in mind, you can imagine, after 12 years of SVU, the rumors that Lee Tergesen would be reunited with Meloni in an episode this season set the fans of Beecher and Keller on fire. SVU Executive Producer Neal Baer fanned the flames by sharing:
Who said that Meloni and Tergesen have some explosive scenes on SVU? Oh, I just did…
And the Oz/SVU fans rejoiced…see below the fold.