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B.D. Wong Confirms 'Law & Order: SVU' Exit

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 17th 2011 8:15PM
B.D. WongThe 'Law & Order: SVU' changes keep on coming: B.D. Wong has confirmed he's departing the hit NBC drama.

Wong, who has played Dr. George Huang on 'SVU' since 2001, co-stars opposite Jason Isaacs and Cherry Jones in NBC's midseason drama 'Awake.' He confirmed his departure from 'SVU' on Twitter while live-tweeting an 'SVU' marathon. Thanks to TVLine for the tip.

"I actually do not return for season 13 of @nbcsvu #SVU!" he wrote. "I am jumping to @nbcAwake #Awake! it's awesome!"

Wong's departure is just one of the many changes on the long-running procedural. Series star Christopher Meloni didn't renew his contract and co-star Mariska Hargitay's character Olivia Benson will transition to a new role within the police force. Ice-T has signed a new two-year deal to remain on 'SVU.'

Danny Pino ('Cold Case') and Kelli Giddish ('Chase') are joining the cast
as the new lead detectives.

In addition to the new characters, some old friends are returning. Former stars Stephanie March and Diane Neal will reprise their ADA roles for an undetermined amount of episodes.

On 'Awake,' Wong will play one of two therapists to Isaac's police detective who is living in two different worlds.

Here's how NBC describes the series: "When Detective Michael Britten (Jason Issacs) regains consciousness following his family's car accident, he is told that his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) perished but that his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette), has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together, he awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is very much alive -- but his son Rex died in the accident. In order to keep both of his loved ones alive at one time, he begins living two dueling realities in parallel worlds, which churns up confusion."

Watch a preview of the new show below.


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Pat

so many changes....It is hard to keep up with who is going and who is coming. Law and Order has been our favorite TV show for so many years and we feel comfortable with the orginal cast. Will keep watching however, cause we like the show.

July 19 2011 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harriet

Law and order SVU is my favorite TV show!!
What's wrong with everyone?? Why break up a great thing???
I'll watch all the reruns on the other stations!

July 19 2011 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shrril

Well, that's just one more show out of so many lately that's not long for this world because replacing the characters and the actors who played them who were way more interesting than the plot lines will only turn off the loyal viewers who have watched for years. When will the so-called major networks execs get a clue that change isn't always good - can you say "CSI' , the original "Law and Order" and all the ridiculous spinoffs that if they haven't been cancelled yet are struggling since our favorite characters/actors have been replaced by actors they deemed more in line with the 24-35 year old viewers they are so gung ho about attracting? Those shows are being cancelled right and left for lack of viewers. Hello!!! Your prime audience is over 50 years old and obviously even the 20 and 30-somethings you're targeting are bored with them too. Thank God for cable - lots of really good shows created by people who consider all ages worthy of intelligent and entertaining programming. Replacing more "beautiful younger people" for the actors "viewers have come to enjoy watching for years just to update and keep the old money-making franchise going ain't working guys - we'd rather watch reruns on cable than buy into your younger versions which aren't even half as good. No wonder your actors are jumping ship to go on to bigger and better things (i.e., B.D. Wong). I don't blame him for not wanting to be associated with a losing franchise not to mention one that casts his character based on racial profiling based on his Asian looks.

July 18 2011 at 10:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
markhelfgott

Call out the bomb squad for this one. B.D.,you cut your hair too short and you never should have let go of a sure thing.

July 18 2011 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Naomi

THE ONLY GOOD SHOW ON TV, BESIDES TURNER MOVIE CLASSICS, ALL THE REST IS CRAPOLA

July 18 2011 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chaye762

Im gonna miss him and all the other cast member leaving...what a waste..the show will not be the same

July 18 2011 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anita

Sorry to see you go, fella! I hope your new show doesn't fizzle out. I always feel it's a mistake to leave such a popular show for something new that might or might not succeed. However, I wish you the best of luck.

July 18 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
southrange

The party's over. Turn out the lights!

July 18 2011 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tinyluckylady

I have watched the show since it started, I hate to see Wong go but, like Yankeei said he's probably went as far as he can go, good luck wong. But as for Oliva and Stabler they make the show also Ice T they have the right connection to make the show work Please reconsider leaving Oliva an Stabler. It's one of the few good showa left.
thanks

July 18 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
me

The first headline says"SUV". The only ran I'm commenting. Otherwise WHO give a rats AZZ?

July 18 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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