Meet Law & Order: SVU’s New Detectives (Stabler & Benson 2.0)

Ever since NBC announced Mariska Hargitay would scale down her appearances for “Law & Order: SVU’s” 13th season, I’ve been obsessed with the cast changes Dick Wolf had in store for us. Then when I heard Jennifer Love Hewitt was a possible replacement for Hargitay, my attention only intensified. It hit a fever pitch when word came out that Christopher Meloni was exiting after salary negotiations broke down.

Last week, the five finalists in the running for the male lead of the show were flown to New York to test with Mariska Hargitay. After all was said and done, Danny Pino beat out David Conrad, Kevin Alejandro, Michale Raymond-James and Rhys Coiro for the coveted acting gig. Pino’s previous acting credits include a seven year run on CBS’ “Cold Case“. As much as I’ll miss Meloni’s hotness, I think Pino is a good choice as a successor. Now with one half of the team confirmed, who would play his female partner? Find out below.

Like Pino, Kelli Giddish’s previous regular gig is a crime drama. Giddish appeared in Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Chase” on NBC last season. The show sucked but Kelli was quite believable as a tough-as-nails Texas Ranger. I’m so glad Dick wolf picked her instead of Jennifer Love Hewitt. She’ll definitely fit in on SVU. Giddish will make her debut roughly midseason when Hargitay’s Detective Olivia Benson gets a promotion. Fun fact, she’s guest starred on both “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” before. Here’s what series creator Dick Wolf said about his two new leads:

“I’m very pleased that we have two amazing actors joining the cast. I know this combination will give us the opportunity to explore the world of ‘SVU’ with new eyes.”

What do you think of Benson & Stabler’s replacement? Will the new leads win or alienate SVU hardcore fans? Post your thoughts below.

  • Athan

    Giddish also played Di Henry on All My Children. Dunno why people feel soap roles aren’t important parts of these actors careers. Judith Light, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, LaLohan… List goes on and on.

    The daytime community, while some storylines are beyond absurd, has an amazing pool of talented thespians. Maybe if people didn’t just assume about daytime stories and gave them a chance they wouldn’t be cancelled. The only difference between a nighttime drama or comedy and a soap opera is soaps are on 5 days a week. Both have the same cast of characters every epi and a storyline that continues. Sorry. I’m still upset about One Life To Live being cancelled.

  • daniel

    TRACY POLLAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN A NEW DETECIVE AND NEVE CAMPBELL COULD HAVE PLAYED AN ADA FOR 5 EISPODES , AND Diane Neal COULD HAVE DONE 15 THEN Alana de la Garza COULD HAVE DONE 9 EPSIODES LEAVING THE END OF SVU SEASON 13 WITH A TOTAL OF 29 EPISODES.

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  • Sarah

    love the new cast! glad Mariska’s still here though!