NBC has cast the replacements for outgoing L&O:SVU vets Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay. Taking the place of Meloni, who won’t be returning next year at all, will be Danny Pino. Kelli Giddish will inherit Hargitay’s role midseason.
“I’m very pleased that we have two amazing actors joining the cast,” said producer Dick Wolf. “I know this combination will give us the opportunity to explore the world of SVU with new eyes.”
Casting changes are nothing new to Law & Order. The original, and the spinoffs, consistently featured revolving cast members. The question is, will viewers take to the changes or has the franchise gotten a bit stale?