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Mariska Hargitay: I'm Open-Minded About More 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 15th 2011 4:15PM
Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay said she's open-minded about sticking around for more seasons of 'Law & Order: SVU.'

When asked if Season 13 (premieres Wed., Sept. 21, 10PM ET on NBC) would be her last, Hargitay said, "I'm going into this with a completely open mind."

"What I've learned is you don't know what the future brings and everything is new," she said. "Everything is fresh."

Hargitay's longtime co-star Christopher Meloni left the show after Season 12.

During a press conference on set of 'SVU,' Hargitay said it's thrilling to have new faces enter the fray.

"The show was a well-oiled machine, it took a lot of years to get where we were," she said. "I think we're in a pretty great place ... we grew into a team -- and still are a team -- and have these incredible, talented new teammates, but also it's exciting to have fresh eyes on what has been. That's exciting."

The actress has been with the show since it's inception, playing Detective Olivia Benson for 13 years. In 2005, Hargitay won a Golden Globe for her work on 'SVU.' An Emmy followed in 2006. Hargitay has been nominated for an Emmy eight times, including a nomination this year, with that ceremony airing on Sun., Sept. 18 (8PM ET/5PM PT on Fox).

After much speculation, NBC confirmed Hargitay will appear in all 22 episodes of Season 13, a season of major changes. Along with Meloni's departure, B.D. Wong has also left the series, and showrunner Neal Baer left and was replaced by Warren Leight.

Alums Stephanie March and Diane Neal are reprising their assistant district attorney roles this season, and former 'Chase' star Kelli Giddish and 'Cold Case' veteran Danny Pino have joined 'SVU' as new detectives.

"Everything is different about 'SVU,'" Hargitay said. "The team is still in place, the chemistry is still in place and the desire to make it great is still in place."

Stay tuned to AOL TV for more details on the new season of 'Law & Order: SVU.'

'Law & Order: SVU' premieres Wed., Sept. 21, 10PM ET on NBC

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I am so glad that Mariska is so positive and open-minded. She is the greatest inspiration in my life. Season 13 will be great!

September 15 2011 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathi J

It sounds almost like she's glad Meloni is gone ...

September 15 2011 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Otwori

This new season is going to be contrived as usual. The problem with most procedurals is they run in place and don't allow there concept to grow. There's no time for depth or real organic character development or explore new ideas. So SVU is in denial that it has more than a couple of season left in it.

September 15 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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