Post by Mike Spadoni on May 25, 2011 13:01:13 GMT 1
"Law & Order: SVU" is not only NBC's highest-rated drama series, but the last vestige of the venerable franchise on American television. And big changes are coming to the long-running procedural. Last week, co-star Mariska Hargitay announced she would return this fall as a full-time player for the first 13 episodes of "SVU," then part time for the rest of the season. (It's reported Jennifer Love Hewitt is being wooed to join the cast.) Now, the search will include a male lead. Hargitay's co-star, Christopher Meloni, is leaving "SVU" after 12 seasons. It had been rumored that Meloni was holding out for more money, but "Deadline Hollywood" is reporting Meloni is tired of the role as Detective Elliott Stabler and wants to move on. All this comes as "L&O: SVU's" longtime producer and show runner Neal Baer is departing. And "SVU" is bound to face strong competition this fall, now that CBS has moved longtime hit "CSI" to Wednesdays at 10:00 PM--in direct competition with NBC's veteran drama. "CSI" may have been fading in popularity recently, but it still has enough gas to give "SVU" a run for its money. Not a good sign as NBC tries to rebuild its low-rated schedule under new owner Comcast.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock