Melissa Sagemiller is LAW & ORDER: SVU’s New ADA

Melissa Sagemiller

Melissa Sagemiller (Raising the Bar) has snagged the suddenly open role of assistant district attorney on LAW & ORDER: SVU, replacing Paula Patton (Precious).

Entertainment Weekly reports that Patton, who had joined SVU in the recurring role of “charming and savvy” ADA Mikka Von, was forced to cut her role down to a single appearance because she has been cast as the female lead in the fourth Mission Impossible installment, leaving the ADA role vacant once again.

There are no specifics yet on Sagemiller’s character, but she is expected to make her first appearance in November.

The twelfth season of Law & Order: SVU premieres on NBC Wednesday, September 22 at 9pm/8 central. You can find all the fall premiere dates and times here.