Mariska Hargitay Passes the Torch on LAW & ORDER: SVU

Mariska Hargitay has signed a new deal to return to NBC’s LAW & ORDER: SVU, Deadline.comreports. However she has chosen to reduce her role on the crime drama in season 13. Her character Olivia Benson will continue to solve crimes – hopefully with her partner Elliot Stabler, played by Christopher Meloni who does not have a deal yet – in the first 13 episodes of the new season. Then Benson will be promoted to a supervisor position, at which time another female detective will take her place.

It is rumored that Jennifer Love Hewitt has been approached about playing the new detective. Law & Order: SVU showrunners are familiar with Hewitt, who made a guest appearance as a stalking/rape victim in the episode "Behave" last season. She gave what was generally believed to be a strong performance. Read More...

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