Law & Order: SVU Finds Its Replacements for Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni

... With Mariska Hargitay returning to Law & Order: SVU in only a limited role and Christopher Meloni's recent announcement that he's saying "Peace, Audi 5000!" for good, the series had to act fast to replace its two lead detectives. Actress Kelli Giddish, formerly of NBC's short-lived Chase and Fox's Past Life, and Danny Pino, formerly of CBS' Cold Case, have joined the most popular of Law & Order's spin-offs, lowering the overall age and increasing the handsomeness of the cast. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Don't shed a tear for Chris Meloni, though. The SVU veteran will play a major role in the forthcoming Superman movie from Hollywood hack Zack Snyder. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Survivor guru Jeff Probst has turned talking about dirty people who stab each other in the back into quite a career. But in 2012, he'll be talking about new things without smelling like a three-day old piece of bologna. Probst and CBS have cut a deal that will see the Survivor host helming his own daytime talk show, where he'll chat about newsmakers and lesser-known stories. Probst will still remain host of Survivor, though. [THR]

... Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Michelle Trachtenberg is continuing her guest-starring binge with a stint on Weeds. She'll play a ganja peddler who catches the eye of Silas and becomes a business rival of Nancy's. Television: where pot dealers look like Michelle Trachtenberg and not a muppet who delivers pizza in his downtime. [EW]

... FX's Powers, based on the comic series of the same name, continues its casting frenzy after booking Jason Patric and Lucy Punch as its leads. Carly Foulkes, better known as that hottie in the T-Mobile ads who looks pretty in pink, gets her big break as Retro Girl, a superhero at the heart of the mystery series' first big case. This show is already sexier than 90 percent of television. [Superherohype.com]

... Television might get 1000-percent worse after next year. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has announced that the fifth season of the AMC show, which will likely air in 2012, could very well be its last. [Collider]

... In similar news, Weeds creator Jenji Kohan has said that this current season of the Showtime drama, the show's seventh, could also be its last. Maybe then Mary-Louise Parker will have more time to provide me with those locks of hair I demanded from her. She will be mine. [EW]

... AMC's The Walking Dead has cast both Herschel and Maggie, two of the comic series' more popular characters (read: they don't die right away). Scott Wilson, the veteran actor from 1967's In the Heat of the Night who more recently appeared as an old bank robber in Justified, will play elderly farmer Hershel. The fetching Lauren Cohan, Supernatural's Bela and The Vampire Diaries' Rose, will play his daughter Maggie. [TV Guide]


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I can't even imagine SVU without Christopher or Mariska. They ARE the show!!!! And personally I don't think adding Pino and Giddish will increase the "handsomeness" of the cast.
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i think it will last a season or 2 then will go off... really can't see myself (or too many others) watching with out Christopher or Mariska... what a shame...
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I think they'll be lucky if it lasts one season without Christopher or Mariska.
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Oops what will it be like but i'd watch danny pino in cold case i'll miss seeing them though.
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Oops what will it be like but i'd watch danny pino in cold case i'll miss seeing them though.
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Oops what will it be like but i'd watch danny pino in cold case i'll miss seeing them though.
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Oops what will it be like but i'd watch danny pino in cold case i'll miss seeing them though.
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Calling it now, SVU cancelled next year. Losing the flagship was the beginning of the end for the Law and Order fleet, didn't expect them all to sink so quickly though.
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It's not going to be the same. /:
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I mean, the characters got pretty stale and static years ago, so this isn't paritcularly upsetting news.
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Just like Goren and Eames on Law & Order: CI, I cannot see HOW the show is going to work without Benson and Stabler. I will watch it for a few episodes to give it a chance just because I love it, but no promises.
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Totally agree. Law & Order CI sucked without Goren and Eames!!!!
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I think that they should just stop with SVU right now. No disrespect to the new actors, but without Mariska and Christopher, I won't be watching.
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Law & Order SVU without Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni??? Please...gimme a break!!!
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meh they make an interesting combo and i like the actress she's decent it was just the crappy writing and acting for chase that brought the show down. that and it was a generic cop show which are a dime a bakers dozen. they might end up working but i don't see the show lasting much longer what with the other 3 law n orders all sinking. cop shows are starting to die off what with them being oversaturated. it takes character really good writing and chemistry these days to work and attract an audience. just look at ncis la. while its not as good as the original the 2 leads and to some extent the rest of the cast have chemistry. even rizzoli and isles have chemistry. so this new cast will need it in spades to keep people watching otherwise i don't see it lasting
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Yes ! I love Kelli Giddish ! She can be compassionate (Past life) and be a badass (Chase). I just hope it looks more real when she fights than in Chase. But hey, that's some work for the scriptwriter no ? But I'm not sure about Danny Pino. He's good looking, but... hope there is something inside.
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Really? I am ok with Pino but doubtful about Giddish, in my book she was largely responsible for the demise of Chase.
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I'm happy to see Kelli Giddish again. And that I'll see Lauren Cohan again, too.
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i will watch...because i like the premise of what the show provides....but cant help but say....like stabler/benson chemistry....wished they would have had that moment like: scarecrow and miss king, who's the boss, bones, etc.....oh well we shall see
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I think that Kelli Giddish is more like Stabler and Danny Pino is more like Benson; at least the characters I have seen them play are. I don't like Kelli Giddish. All of the roles I've seen her play have been women who are in some type of law enforcement role to which she has a personal connection or experience and she throws herself 500% into her work and laughs off co-workers who keep telling her to slow down a bit. She's also very intense and dramatic in many situations that don't call for it. Also, adding these two to the show is going to make Richard Belzer and Ice T's characters look really old in comparison.
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"...increasing the handsomeness of the cast"

Ha ha ha ha ha ha...I think I wanna smoke the same weed as you. This Kelly Giddish girl is pretty, but no match to Mariska Hargitay, period.

At least it seems like a pairing that could work.
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I wish Mariska and Christopher the very best. They made the show what it was, and without them, it's pretty much like all the other lame copy cat shows that have followed in their stead, i.e., pretty, vacant faces with no talent attached. Oh, well, it was on a long time, and we'll always have the reruns. Thanks, again to M and C for the great jobs they did all these years, and great success and happiness to you both!!!
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Benson and Stabler are the reason why I watched Law and Order: SVU so I don't think I'll be watching the new people.
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Breaking Bad is one of the best tv shows ever made and it's my favorite show right now, but I'm okay with that announcement. I want it to be good through its entire run. I don't want it to run out of steam. Having 5 incredible seasons high quality seasons would be perfect. That's exactly what The Wire did.
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I don't really like Cold Case so I'm not sure this replacement is a good move.
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Cool, I get to see V.D.'s Rose (Lauren Cohan) again, ya!! Thanks to The Walking Dead! I guess I won't be watching Law & Order:SVU in full this season.
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Please oh please this is Weeds last season!
Now I just watch out of pity!
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Please oh please this is Weeds last season!
Now I just watch out of pity!
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love to hear that Lauren Cohan will be back on TV :)
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Honestly, they couldn't be any worse. Did they do "scowling" auditions to find the new actors?
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i dont knoe about this..........-_-
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In all honesty, I think a better and much easier course of action would have been to bring Goren and Eames from Criminal Intent over to SVU. CI just ended its run but ended openly. By bringing them in, you would have characters that are already established which means no introductions are needed. Plus, both of the characters have rich layered personalities that would mesh well with the Special Victims Unit. Otherwise, maybe the show would have been better off upgrading Ice T to the male lead with Benson as his partner until she leaves and he gets a new female partner.
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As much as I love Breaking Bad, I never really find myself saddened when I hear a show calling it a series. I get a bit sad if a really good show is cancelled, but when the creators/producers decide to end it, I actually respect and kind of like it, especially compared to a lot of other series that just go on way too long.
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I really enjoyed svu with benson and elliot but without them the show wont last very long im sorry to say this but its bye bye law and order svu im going to miss you!
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Without those two overpaid over-hyped egomaniacs Meloni and Hargitay I think SVU will die an agonizingly slow painful death (Slow and agonizing for us not them)
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I'll watch once...just to see two people try to follow in the footsteps of the greatest cop team ever. Since they won't be able to do that I will then quit watching for good and all and wait patiently for the new Superman movie, "Man of Steel" to be released. Danny Pino is a good looking guy, but that's about it - he doesn't have that 'certain something' that makes grown women's toes curl. Kelli Giddish is just another pretty blonde person. Hollywood's full of them - Apparently she couldn't carry "Chase" and now they want her to bowl the SVU fans over? Sorry Mr. Wolf I don't think it works that way.
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Other than the writer's preoccupation with sex, this wasn't a bad set of briefs. However, if I wanted to identify Scott Wilson for people, I would have opted for Robert Blake's partner in In Cold Blood and Catherine's father, Sam, on CSI.
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I like Danny Pino but you cant just replace Benson and Stabler, im not sure ill even be able to give it a chance.
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Won't be watching L&O: SVU from now on since SVU is Hargitay & Meloni, NO ONE CAN REPLACE THEM, so this is the beginning of the end... :)
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So totally agree!!!!
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Definatly not watching Law and Order: SVU next year. The series is officially over for me.
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Lauren Cohan also played Vivian Volkoff on Chuck more recently than Rose on The Vampire Diaries, but that and Powers are very neat pieces of news. personally, i never got into Weeds really and i never was interested in Breaking Bad, but i'm sure lots will be sad to see it go
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