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The new captain of Law & Order: SVU has been named.

Rick Eid, a veteran of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the original Law & Order, and Hostages, has signed a two-year deal with Universal Television. The deal includes Eid joining SVU as its showrunner and executive producer, beginning with season 18.

“I’m extremely pleased that Rick had decided to rejoin the family and hope that he will be here for years to come,” Law & Order creator and executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement.

Eid also worked on the SVU spinoff, Conviction, set around district attorney Alexandra Cabot. It only lasted 13 episodes. Eid served as a supervising producer on the short-lived Law & Order: Trial by Jury from the mid-2000s.

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Current showrunner Warren Leight will leave for Sony TV after the current 17th season, his fifth in charge. He began helming the show in season 13.

SVU airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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