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Breaking: 'Law & Order: SVU' Books Two New Detectives

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 27th 2011 6:00PM
Kelli Giddish & Danny Pino'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' has already lost Christopher Meloni, and his fellow lead Mariska Hargitay's departure won't be far behind. But we've just learned that NBC has cast two new stars to take the lead.

The new recruits? Kelli Giddish, who starred as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost on last season's short-lived NBC drama 'Chase,' and Danny Pino, who was senior detective Scotty Valens on 'Cold Case' for seven seasons.

We're not yet sure when the two will first appear on the show, or whether or not they'll be acting as lead detectives or trainees, but expect more details soon.

For now, a few thoughts on the news from the head of NBC and 'L&O' bossman Dick Wolf ...

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Who Should Replace Christopher Meloni on 'Law & Order: SVU'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 22nd 2011 8:00AM
Chris Meloni, 'Law & Order: SVU'Christopher Meloni will leave a Stabler-shaped hole in the hearts of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' fans this fall.

We don't yet know how he'll say goodbye to 'SVU' after 12 seasons on the job, but it's never too early to start preparing ourselves for someone else taking over the sex crimes beat.

While rumors have been swirling about who will replace Mariska Hargitay -- she's only coming back for 13 episodes next season as Olivia Benson before departing herself -- not much has popped up in the way of recasting the role Meloni made famous.

Assuming they'll keep a man on the job to maintain that same partner dynamic, we've come up with a few great options (casting agents, take note!) to spar with Hargitay and her eventual successor, including two 'L&O' franchise alums and two stars from opposing sides on 'The Wire.'

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Christopher Meloni's 'SVU' Replacement: Who's on the Short List?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 21st 2011 6:35AM
Mariska Hargitay and Christopher MeloniIt's only been a month since Christopher Meloni stepped down from 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' but producers are reportedly screen-testing his possible replacements in New York today.

Production on the upcoming Season 13 is due to get underway soon and, according to Deadline.com, 'SVU' creator/executive producer Dick Wolf and NBC have narrowed the field to a short list of five.

The actors, who have all doubtless just spent a sleepless night in the Big Apple rehearsing their lines, have been named as: Danny Pino ('Cold Case'), Kevin Alejandro ('True Blood,' 'Southland'), David Conrad ('Ghost Whisperer'), Michael Raymond-James ('Terriers') and Rhys Coiro ('Entourage').

Each one will test today with Meloni's co-star, Mariska Hargitay, who plays Det. Olivia Benson on the drama. Both Alejandro and Raymond-James recently guest-starred on 'SVU,' so could be feeling like they've got the edge.

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Ice-T Signs Two-Year Deal With 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 10th 2011 10:45AM
Ice-TChristopher Meloni may have left the Special Victims Unit, but Ice-T is sticking around 'Law & Order: SVU' for at least two more years.

The rapper/actor/reality star broke the news on Twitter.

"I've just locked in my new SVU deal," he tweeted. "So I'll officially be back for the next 2 years at least. DONE."

Meloni, known to many as Detective Elliot Stabler, did not renew his contract for the upcoming 13th season. Mariska Hargitay, who plays Stabler's partner Detective Olivia Benson, has signed on for 13 episodes. Her character will move to a supervisor role within the police force.

Following Hargitay's new deal, speculation arose over who would step into the detective shoes. Jennifer Love Hewitt was the rumored front-runner.

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Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About Christopher Meloni Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 27th 2011 11:20AM
Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVUMariska Hargitay is just as upset as we are about Christopher Meloni's decision not to return as Det. Elliot Stabler on 'Law & Order: SVU' next season.

The actress also known as Olivia Benson told TV Line, "For the past 12 years Chris has been my partner and friend, both on screen and off. He inspired me every day with his integrity, his extraordinary talent and his commitment to the truth. I love him deeply and will miss him terribly -- I'm so excited to see what he'll do next."

We are too, Mariska. We are too.

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Christopher Meloni Not Returning to 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 24th 2011 9:00PM
Christopher Meloni, Law & Order: SVUThe 'Law & Order' franchise drama continues -- with or without the shows' stars.

For weeks, rumors have been swirling that Jennifer Love Hewitt might be replacing Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson on 'Special Victims Unit.' Fans breathed a sigh of relief when Hargitay signed on for one more season, but now it looks like it's time to start searching for Elliott Stabler's replacement.

According to TVLine.com, Christopher Meloni will not be returning for the show's 13th season this fall.

'SVU' has been on the air at NBC for over a decade, since 1999, with Meloni and Hargitay as the leads, but while contract negotiations worked out for Hargitay, it wasn't so simple for Meloni. According to TVLine's unnamed source, "Protracted talks between the actor ... and studio NBC Universal broke down on Tuesday."

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Rosie Perez Sues 'Law & Order: SVU' Over Injuries

by PopEater Staff, posted May 19th 2011 12:00PM
Rosie PerezRosie Perez is taking legal action against 'Law & Order: SVU' after being injured during her 2009 guest stint.

According to the N.Y. Daily News, Perez was filming a guest role on the hit New York City–based crime drama in September 2009 when a scene called for an extra to forcibly shake her. The violent action caused Perez to suffer a herniated disc which took two surgeries to correct.

"The thing to do was taking someone who knows what he's doing to make it look violent without being violent," said Perez's lawyer Brian O'Dwyer, who filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Brooklyn Supreme Court. "This person was not a stuntman, he was just an extra."

Perez continued to work on the episode, titled 'Hardwired,' which O'Dwyer said likely caused her injuries to worsen.

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A Murder Victim's Daughter Starts Shooting Inside the Precinct on 'SVU' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 19th 2011 4:09AM
'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'Somebody was asleep at the front desk of the police station this week on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC). Otherwise, how would the daughter of their murder victim have made it all the way up to the holding cells and the desks of the offices with a loaded gun?

Under the pretense of wanting to see the man who had killed her mother, Jenna was allowed up to see the detectives, and in so doing got to see him. Something seemed a little bit off, but even Det. Benson couldn't have anticipated that this sweet-looking teenage girl would erupt into anguished violence.

Then, to seal her own fate, when Det. Stabler had her so close to putting her own gun down, her mother's killer -- already shot -- had to egg her on. "You b****," he said. "I should have killed you with your mother."

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'Law & Order: SVU' Shakeup: Jennifer Love Hewitt to Replace Mariska Hargitay?

by Jean Bentley, posted May 14th 2011 3:00PM
Jennifer Love HewittMariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni have made it no secret that they're interested in cutting back on their hours manning the Special Victims Unit on 'Law & Order: SVU.' But news broke today that an unlikely actress is eying a role as Hargitay's replacement: Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The former 'Ghost Whisperer' star is reportedly in talks to take over as the partner of Meloni's Elliot Stabler around mid-season when Hargitay's Olivia Benson will be promoted to a supervisor position, TV Line reports.

Hargitay has signed a deal to return for 'SVU''s 13th season, but will work fewer hours for the same salary. Meloni has not yet signed a deal, but he is reportedly asking for a raise and will likely not come to an official agreement until after NBC's Upfront presentation next week.

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Rita Wilson Plays Mother to Young Serial Rapist on 'Law & Order: SVU' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 2:27AM
Rita Wilson, 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'Sterling Beaumon captivated fans and earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of a young Benjamin Linus on 'Lost.' Now, he returned to television, and this time he was facing off against the detectives of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC).

He also got to work opposite Mrs. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, who portrayed his mother. Unlike most episodes of 'SVU,' though, the child actor wasn't playing a victim or the child of the perpetrator.

Beaumon, as Hunter, is the twisted villain of the episode. In a scene where his mother tries to convince him to come in, Hunter sees through her ruse and comes across as so cold and calculating, it's uncomfortable to watch, but at the same time impressive how well Wilson captures the overwhelmed mother, stunned to hear her child talking like this.

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John Stamos Loves Each of His 47 Children on 'Law & Order: SVU' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2011 5:31AM
John Stamos, 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'John Stamos even makes being bad look good. As Ken Turner on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC), Stamos got to put those good looks of his to use over and over again.

While there are many women who would love to imagine having children with Stamos, they might not have liked as much what happened with Ken. The detectives even tried to embarrass him into breaking down by bringing in 20 of his children together from the New York area.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Glee,' 'Psych,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 22nd 2011 3:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Damages,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Law & Oder: Criminal Intent,' 'Law & Oder: SVU,' 'Modern Family,' 'Parks & Recreation,' 'Psych,' and 'White Collar.'

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Nine TV Characters Who Should Have Their Own Prequels

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 15th 2011 11:20AM
Prequel SpecialsLet's face it: no matter how much screen time our favorite TV characters take up, we're always hungry for more.

Take Sam Axe on 'Burn Notice,' for example. He's played by a lovable, veteran actor, Bruce Campbell, and nails every scene. 'Burn Notice' fans are getting some extra Sam Axe this weekend when the character's backstory is explored in the prequel movie 'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' (Sunday, April 17, at 9PM on USA).

But not every beloved character is that lucky. In our dreams where we're network programming heads (what, you don't have those?), here are a few of the prequel/flashbacks we'd green-light in a heartbeat.

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Cover Adele on 'Glee', 'What Not to Wear' Gets Season 9 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 12th 2011 11:30AM
Gwyneth PaltrowAdele is getting the 'Glee' treatment, but not from a regular New Directions member.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'Glee' guest star Gwyneth Paltrow will sing Adele's 'Turning Tables' from the British singer's hit album '21.'

When Paltrow debuted on the Fox series she was tasked with belting out Cee Lo Green's chart-topping 'Forget You.'

In other TV news ...

TLC has renewed 'What Not to Wear' for a ninth season. After a move from Friday to Tuesday nights, the series has maintained good numbers, around 1.2 million viewers per episode. Stacy London and Clinton Kelly will return for 26 new episodes starting in August. [Hollywood Reporter]

Jill Wagner is leaving 'Wipeout.' The co-host will leave after this summer's batch of episodes in order to focus on her acting career. She's appeared on 'Punk'd,' 'Monk' and 'Bones.' [TV Guide]

The 'Desperate Housewives' stars have signed a new deal, keeping them in place for a season 8. Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria will all make $325,000 per episode, up from $275,000. The deal is for one year with an option for a season 9. [TVLine]

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'L&O: L.A.'s' Terrence Howard Crosses Over to 'SVU' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2011 4:55AM
Terrence Howard on 'L&O: SVU'On 'Law & Order: SVU' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC), DDA Jonah Dekker (Terrence Howard) from 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' appears in the New York offices to peruse a rape suspect. "Your jurisdiction's 3,000 miles heading west," snaps ADA Casey Novak.

"I want the warrant and every last bit of discovery you have by no later than close of business today," he demands. Wait, Dekker is the perp's defense lawyer? Turns out the alleged rapist is his cousin.

"My job here is to ensure that there is no police or prosecutorial misconduct, so we'll be seeing a lot of each other," Dekker threatens.

"Goodie. Just what we need around here: another arrogant prick," says Stabler.

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