Christopher Meloni Doesn’t Have Partner’s Back on LAW & ORDER: SVU

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Christopher Meloni (as Elliot Stabler) will not be returning to LAW & ORDER: SVU in season 13, TVLine.com exclusively reveals! Despite protracted talks, Meloni and NBC Universal were unable to come to any agreement. Last week it was confirmed that the series’ female lead, Mariska Hargitay (as Olivia Benson), would be back in season 13 but in a more limited role. According to creator Dick Wolf, the search has already begun for “a big name” to act opposite Hargitay.

According to TVLine.com, NBC’s new chairman and president of programming, Robert Greenblatt, gave no hint of any problems concerning the renewal of Meloni’s contract. However, he did mention the possibility of someday continuing Law & Order: SVU without one of its two original lead actors.

The show already seems to have started the process of bringing in new blood, as evidenced by rumors about the prospective casting of Jennifer Love Hewitt. She reportedly would replace Hargitay midway through the upcoming new season. Greenblatt states that he doesn’t know if this will in fact happen, but Hewitt is being considered as a possibility.

With this news, what do you think of the show’s prospects? Meloni has been on Law & Order: SVU since the show’s debut!