Female hearts and some male erections have been crushed as I bring you some sad news. TVLine is reporting that Christopher Meloni, who plays Det. Eliott Stabler on the only Dick Wolf franchise left standing Law & Order: SVU (Criminal Intent and the L.A. edition have both been canceled) will not be returning to the hit series next season.
The reason for his exit is due to the fact that Christopher Meloni and the producers of SVU couldn't come to an agreement with his contract and he won't be backwhen the show returns in the fall for it's 13th season. Say it ain't so!
Producer Dick Wolf is scrambling quick to get a big name to replace Christopher Meloni. A few weeks ago it was reported that Mariska Hargitay will be back next season, but she will receive a promotion so that her hours on the show can be limited to having more time with her family. Rumors have since been circulating that producers are thinking of hiring Jennifer Love Hewitt in mid-season to eventually replace Mariska for season 14.
I'm so upset about this news. I've grown up with seeing Stabler and Benson take down the bad guys on this show every week, and it won't be the same with them gone. It would also be nice if they gave Ice T more to do on the show, but that's just me.
My picks of who should replace Christopher Meloni on SVU
Benjamin Bratt - Law & Order
Jessie L. Martin - Law & Order
Boris Kodjoe - Soul Food, Undercovers
Michael Chiklis - No Ordinary Family, The Shield
Michael Imperioli - Detroit 1-8-7, The Sopranos
Jason Clarke - Det. Jarek Wysocki on Chicago Code
Dominic West - The Wire
Idris Elba - The Wire, Luther
My picks who should replace Mariska Hargitay on SVU
Angela Bassett - E.R., legendary film actress
Jennifer Beals - The Chicago Code, The L Word
Alicia Hines - Detroit 1-8-7, True Blood
Tricia Helfer - Battlestar Galactica
Melissa Leo - The Fighter, Treme
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Khandi Alexander - CSI: Miami, Treme
Cynthia Nixon - Sex & The City
Katee Sackoff - Battlestar Galactica
Molly Price - Third Watch
Jada Pinkett-Smith (should HawthoRNe get canceled)