Season 13 of Law & Order: SVU is turning into season 10 of American Idol: Attack of the Newbies.
Almost two months after Christopher Meloni announced he’d be leaving the long-running procedural next season and the announcement that two new agents — played by Kelly Giddish and Danny Pino — would be joining Mariska Hargitay on the show, B.D. Wong announced via Twitter this weekend that his character would not be returning for season 13. NBC confirmed the news to EW.
While Wong has plenty to keep him busy following the departure — he’ll co-star on NBC’s midseason show, Awake — SVU apparently has a void to fill. (No comment from the Peacock about if/when the role will be filled.) But if someone is stepping into George Huang’s shoes, I can guarantee it won’t be easy. On a show all about crazy guest characters, psychos, and over-the-top perverts, I enjoyed his soft-spoken nature. Here’s who I think could get the job done who could possibly be the only four actors who have not previously appeared on Law & Order: SVU:
— Forest Whitaker: The Oscar winner is now without a show to call his own following the cancellation of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Regardless of what you thought of that show, you can’t deny that Whitaker is a fine actor. And I’d be interested to see what kind of on-screen (intense) magic he and Hargitay could create.
— Laura Innes: Even the great powers of Dr. Weaver weren’t enough to make The Event an event for weekly viewing, but her addition to L&O: SVU would certainly be a treat. And I’d love them if they gave her a cane, because I desperately miss ER.
— Charlie Sheen: Just kidding. But you should have seen your face. Plus, I heard he’s busy.
Your turn, PopWatchers! Casting suggestions?