It’s official: Law & Order: SVU‘s writing team has decided not to work star Mariska Hargitay‘s pregnancy into the show’s storyline, so the actress will take a maternity leave for several episodes while a special guest star fills in. Given that the long-running series already features one character poached from another show — Homicide‘s Det. John Munch (Richard Belzer) — I thought it would be fun to debate which already established TV crime fighter could pinch-hit for Hargitay’s Det. Olivia Benson (pictured). Given my Profiler obsession, I’m tempted to suggest Dr. Samantha Waters (Ally Walker) join the special victims unit to track down a pervy serial killer in a multiple-episode sweeps stunt. But if the SVU team wants to stick with its self-contained storylines, then might I suggest the recruitment of Boomtown‘s sorely missed Det. Bobby ‘Fearless’ Smith (Mykelti Williamson)?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Am I on to something, or do you have a better suggestion?

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