'Law & Order: SVU' casts Kelly Giddish and Danny Pino as series regulars


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Law & Order: SVU has found two new detectives: Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino will join the show as series regulars.

Giddish starred on NBC’s short-lived Chase and has also appeared on The Good Wife. Pino starred for seven seasons on Cold Case. The duo join the show as it enters its 13th season.

The hires come in the wake of Chris Meloni leaving the show. They also provide a potential replacement, of sorts, for Mariska Hargitay — who will maintain a presence on the show all season long, but may not and who will appear in every episode. The network is also leaving open the possibility of more L&O: SVU cast changes (naturally!). So EW readers, this new team, what say you: Better? Worse?

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  • lucille

    cost cutting

    • Veronica Mars

      Poeple that still say “What say you?” should be smacked upside the head.

      • Ace

        Archaic turns of phrase are hardly cause for violence, VM. I’m sure your namesake would agree.

    • yt

      Danny Pino, isn’t he the frontman for Train? LOL

    • Sadness

      Cheap is as cheap does. not to say they’re not good actors – but let’s cut the show already.

    • andrea

      Bring back Wentworth Miller!!!! He was great on SVU.

    • Jennifer Dorn

      I was disappointed when Christopher was replaced. But Danny Pino is so much better. SVU is the one thing that I look forward to during the week . Pleeeease don’t take it off the air!

  • andrew

    now I can take it off the tivo

    • Matt

      They look like they should come with a Sears photo-frame; maybe Meloni and Hargitay worked because they looked a little different from the 1 or 2 archetypes that television characters are allowed to look like?

  • Philip

    Hold on a minute! I’m not taking it off my TIVO!!! It worked for Original Recipe! We’ll have to wait and see what happens next season.

    • RBBrittain

      It didn’t work for Original Recipe after Jerry Orbach. Chris Meloni leaving and Mariska Hargitay phoning in cameos is a comparable loss. Unless they do something like pair Kelli with Ice-T, SVU will follow in the footsteps of Original Recipe post-Orbach…

      • Kvivik

        Danny Pino??? Really?
        No point in even trying to watch. He was the reason I stopped watching Cold Case in the first season. They’d have done better bringing in Benjamin Bratt. He can at least play a darker side of a character convincingly.

      • Fyrkat

        They should just promote Fin and give Munch a new partner in the background. That would give them a bit of continuity instead of putting the newcomers in the front and center and Fin and Munch remaining side kicks.

      • Stephanie T.

        Yes. Or just Munch and Tutiola.

    • DeJesus

      Nobody could replace Jerry Orbach. The man was a national treasure. Chris Meloni…um, yeah, definately replaceable.

      • Fyrkat

        Not saying Meloni isn’t replaceable, just saying not with Danny Pino.
        And agreeing with you wholeheartedly about Jerry Orbach, though even if he had lived he couldn’t have saved L&O: Trial by Jury.

      • Sandi

        I agree with Fyrkat. They should use Fin and Munch more this year to increase continuity while we all get accustomed to the new actors. I WILL miss Christopher Meloni and wonder how they’ll write him out of the plot line.

        Bringing back Benjamin Bratt from the Mothership would be cool, too. I’d have no problem with that!

  • Abby

    annnnnnnnnd the show is over

    • Robin

      You are soooo right.:(

    • Jennifer Dorn

      I LOVE THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sanlynn36

    I’ll watch at least to see what they do with Giddish’s character. LOVED her character on Chase; not so much on Good Wife.

  • Patty

    I agree with sanlynn36 but I don’t watch SVU anyway.

  • Mrs. V

    Not too happy, I really love Chris Meloni and Marsika Harigaty! Guess I’ll have to watch and see if these new people have chemistry!

  • Claire

    I gotta say, I can see Kelly Giddish fitting into this role a lot better than Jennifer Love Hewitt, who they were talking about before.

  • Carrie

    Have missed Danny Pino on my TV. I’ll start watching SVU again now.

  • Ryland

    These people look so horrible. They should have gotten the blonde girl from cold case! She was hott and a good detective! Lol

    • mad sab

      Are you kidding? At least Kiddish is convincing as a cop (did I just say that?)more than Morrison who always looked like a fragile albino to me…not that I ever watched that show. I would rather have convincing looking cops that hollywood pretty people. At least Hargitay and Meloni looked like real cops (close enough)

      • Ryland

        But it’s her vulnerablility that made her more believable as a detective. Not all detectives are strong!

    • JM

      I assume this is a joke, right? Kelli Giddish is so much hotter than that pale, sickly-looking woman with bad hair on Cold Case! And from the acting I’ve seen from her, Giddish is about three light-years ahead in talent.

      • Zeus

        You better put down that crack pipe. Morris is WAY hotter than Giddish. Actually, Giddish looks like Gollum compared to Morris. As for acting, they both pretty mediocre.

      • Ryland

        Morris is hotter than the other girl who’s show lasted a couple of months! Cold case lasted years!!

  • MissMel

    I loved Danny Pino on Cold Case. I might actually START watching this show regularly because of him. As a teen of the 90s I could never take Christopher Meloni seriously as a bad-ass. I always pictured him as Casey Jones from the TMNT movies.

    • Brad

      Meloni wasn’t Casey Jones. He was played by Elias Koteas. (I made the same mistake too)

    • CA

      If you want to see Meloni do bad-ass — rent Oz. He takes bad-ass to a new level.

      • Alex in Sacto

        He was soooo bad-ass in OZ as Chris Keller, one of my all time Fav series!!

      • Annie

        It took me many seasons before I got Chris Keller out of my head when I saw Elliot Stabler. Meloni is so bad azz, it is scary.

      • vt

        Totally Agree!!!! Chris Keller was one of the MOST bad azz characters EVER!!!

      • mad sab

        mmmm, YES!

  • Darin

    Love Giddish… may start viewing the show again.

  • Denton

    Ehhhh…I was hoping for Kevin Alejandro.
    Danny Pino seems fine, if a bit twinky compared to Chris Meloni’s intense physicality. Kelli Giddish just seems like another skinny Hollywood bleached blonde, not a tough NYC detective.
    Missing Chris & Mariska already…(sigh)

    • Kresteen

      You should have seen her on Chase, she was BAD-ASS! I can’t wait. I like theses two!!

      • tv nut

        As usual, they can’t give a series long enough to catch on. Kelly Giddish was very convincing on Chase. One of the few female stars that actually came off as competent mentally & physically, to be a detective.

      • Soapstef

        That’s what I’m saying! KG was an awesome badass on Chase & I’m sorry it’s gone. I’m not deleting them from the DVR just yet!

      • Robin

        I agree. I loved chase! Mad that it got cancelled. I also love danny. I think it could work with them two.

  • johnc

    Kelli is one hell of a tough US Marshall on Chase. She would be fine on SUV.

  • Christine

    Dear MissMel, If you can’t take Chris Meloni seriously as a bad-ass, rent OZ (the tv show he did before L&O)and you will be convined!

    • Vince from NYC

      That’s where I originally knew him from.. It took me a while to buy into him as a “good guy” on SVU. Keller was pure evil..

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