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Melissa Sagemiller to Replace Paula Patton on 'Law and Order: SVU'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 10th 2010 5:20PM
Melissa SagemillerAfter just one episode, 'Precious' star Paula Patton has bowed out of her new role as an ADA on 'Law & Order: SVU.' The reason? She'll be in 'Mission Impossible 4.'

Melissa Sagemiller of TNT's 'Raising the Bar' will replace Patton on the hit NBC series. Patton was tapped to play ADA Mikka Von on a recurring basis, but now she'll appear in one episode before Sagemiller takes on the recurring ADA role in October.

According to TV Guide, Sagemiller will be an ADA from Brooklyn who respects Stabler and Benson.

Executive producer Neal Baer said Patton's character will go out in a big way.

"Right before Paula started her first episode -- which she's shooting right now -- she was offered a test for 'Mission Impossible 4,'" Baer told TV Guide Magazine. "We had a contract, but I don't want to stand in someone's career path if they're going to be in a huge feature film with Tom Cruise. So when she got that role, we recast ours."

Sagemiller appeared in a 2000 episode of 'SVU' as Becky Sorenson. Her other TV credits include an episode of 'The Guardian,' 'Sleeper Cell' and 'Without a Trace.'

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I am happy Melissa Sagemiller is getting more work.
even if its on a dog of a show as Law and Order: SVU
My wish is they kill both leads in SVU and have Melissa Sagemiller be the central charater.

September 10 2010 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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