Fall Review: 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

Headlines were made when star Christopher Meloni departed the long-running crime drama (although one could argue that it wasn't too shocking, as his dozen years of service were much longer than some entire shows go). It was later announced that his costar Mariska Hargitay was scaling back her commitment, and B.D. Wong left for a role on the new NBC series Awake.

With the moves, the rumblings began - with the axing of the mothership, failure of Los Angeles, and the recent conclusion of Criminal Intent, might we finally be seeing the end of the American Law & Orderfranchise?

That's still to be decided. What we have here is SVU's version of season nine of The X-Files: a veteran show bringing in fresh blood in the hope of the concept surviving the losses. SVU plucked Kelli Giddishfrom the wreckage of last season's flop Chase, and scored Danny Pino, previously the male lead of the underrated Cold Case, as the new detectives. Read More...



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