Noooooooooooooo!!! Say it isn’t so. According to TVLine.com Christopher Meloni aka Detective Elliot Stabler won’t be returning to solve sex crimes for “Law & Order SVU’s” 13th season. When NBC unveiled its new fall schedule last week, things looked optimistic that Meloni would return to SVU. Mariska Hargitay just inked a deal that would keep her on the show but in a smaller capacity- fewer episodes for the same money. Meloni on the other hand, was asking for a raise. Reports say negotiations were still underway as of late Tuesday (May 24), but things never materialized.
When it was reported Hargitay would be returning on a limited basis, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s name floated around as a potential successor to the badge. With Meloni, who’s a big draw for the show, leaving, series creator Dick Wolf has to find a new male lead. Since Meloni is quite popular, only “big names” are being considered as a replacement. I don’t care how big of a name they find, no one will ever take Meloni’s place. Both Mariska and him have been the two main protagonists of the show since its 1999 debut. And that’s the main reason why, SVU is the only Law & Order show still standing. Their chemistry is undeniable.
What do you think of the cast shakeups with SVU for next season? With no permanent ADA or Meloni and a limited Hargitay, the show is going to the sh*tters. The venerable crime drama’s 13th season might prove unlucky and lead to its cancellation. Will you watch SVU when it returns? Who would you cast as Meloni’s replacement if you had your say? Let’s hope his successor looks as good shirtless as Meloni does. Fingers crossed. I wonder if the idea of Love Hewitt’s addition was enough for Meloni to leave. LOL. I highly doubt it, but how funny would it be if that was the main reason.