NBC and Law & Order: SVU have found a replacement for Christopher Meloni as well as an additional female presence when Mariska Hargitay reduces her work load during the midseason. Danny Pino (Cold Case) and Kelli Giddish (Chase) have been cast as series regulars on L&O: SVU 13th season.
Pino is best known for playing detective Scotty Valens on Cold Case for seven seasons and has had other guest spots on shows like The Shield and Burn Notice. Joining Pino is Giddish who most recently starred on the canceled NBC show Chase and had a great guest spot on The Good Wife this past season and whose resume includes shows like Damages, The Burg, All My Children, and even did a guest spot on L&O: SVU in 2007.
I don’t watch SVU so I would be curious to hear what fans of the show think. I know Meloni’s shoes are very hard to fill but I loved Pino on Cold Case so I hope fans of the show will be pleased with the casting. While I didn’t like Giddish on Chase, I really liked her on The Good Wife and I was hoping she was going to continue with the show this upcoming season. Oh well. But hopefully she will fit in well with the SVU cast.
What are your thoughts SVU fans? Are we happy or not so much about this casting news?
Two very popular actresses and characters are returning to SVU this season. Stephanie March and Diane Neal are both returning as ADA Alexandra Cabot and ADA Casey Novak respectively. Neither actress has a specific number of episodes they are returning for so we’ll have to wait and see.
Both of these women are fantastic in these roles so I am thrilled that they will both be returning in the fall!!!