Danny Pino Talks 'Law & Order: SVU' Character: There's No Way to Replace Stabler

The special victims unit squad is still reeling from the retirement of Detective Stabler, just like fans are reacting to a Chris Meloni-less 'Law & Order: SVU.' However, new series star Danny Pino isn't worried by the outcry. In fact, he welcomes it.

"The fact that they respond almost as if Stabler is a family member I think is a good thing," Pino said during a recent interview on the set of 'SVU.' "I don't get put off by, 'Why isn't Stabler here?' In fact, how could that be anything but positive? People love the show, people love the character. Him being gone is something the show is dealing with, just like a precinct would deal with somebody leaving."

Pino makes his 'SVU' debut on Wed., Sept. 28 (10PM ET on NBC), and he's ready to start busting the perps.

Already a TV cop veteran thanks to seven seasons on 'Cold Case,' Pino said he had a hand in helping shape Detective Nick Amaro. A former narcotics and warrants officer, a tragic event causes him to rethink his place in the police force.


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