Kelli Giddish (Chase) and Danny Pino (Cold Case) will be stepping in to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to fill the gaps left by the departure of Christopher Meloni, who opted out for the new season, and for the shortened schedule of Mariska Hargitay.
“Kelli and Danny are two great actors who will join a proven cast headed by Mariska Hargitay as this exceptional series heads into a very promising 13th season,” said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.
Executive producer/creator Dick Wolf commented, “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.”
It had been rumored that Jennifer Love Hewitt was originally in contention for the new female role.