Woah! Big big changes are coming to Law & Order: SVU. On top of the news that Mariska Hargitay is scaling back her work on the forthcoming season of the NBC crime drama, TV Line is reporting that her co-star Christopher Meloni will NOT be back for the 13th season.
Following negotiations that didn’t result in a deal, Meloni will be leaving the veteran crime drama after 12 seasons.
Producers are hoping to replace Meloni with a “big name,” which is probably a good thing, as he’ll have some very big shoes to fill. Meloni, along with co-star Mariska Hargitay, has been a central figure of the series since it began in 1999.