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Christopher Meloni Leaves ‘Law and Order: SVU’

This is just sad, sad news.

Christopher Meloni, who has played Detective Elliot Stabler for twelve seasons, will depart the series and not return for season 13.  His rep confirms the news saying: “It is true—12 great years and time for the next chapter.”

Mariska Hargitay, who played Detective Olivia Benson, will return for season 13, but not full time.  Rumor is she will appear full time in the first 13 episodes and then step down to part-time status when her character is promoted to a senior position.

The Law & Order franchise is slowly dying.  The original series ended last years after 20 seasons.  Law & Order: Los Angeles was canceled after just one season and Law & Order: Criminal Intent is in the middle of its last season on USA Network.

Is anyone as sad as I am about all of this news?

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