In a strategy that contrasts sharply with what’s going on at CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” — where the show’s producers are reaping headlines by killing off Charlie Sheen’s character — NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” is pointedly NOT killing off the character played by Chris Meloni, TVLine reports.
NBC Entertainment Chief Bob Greenblatt said Monday at the TCA press tour that Meloni’s character, Det. Eliot Stabler, will be alive when the actor exits the show.
Greenblatt did hint at an interesting departure for the character, though. "I think you should just watch and see,” Greenblatt said. “[But] It’s not a big shocking mystery."
The report adds: “Greenblatt also addressed questions concerning Meloni’s leading lady Mariska Hargitay, whose Benson character is rumored to be taking on more of a supervisory role this season. ‘That remains to be seen,’ he said. ‘That’s something we talked about, and I don’t know if that’s actually where it’s going to go in the latter half of the season yet. But that could happen.’”
Hargitay is expected to appear in all episodes during the upcoming season 13 of “SVU.” “There maybe a day every couple of weeks that she’s not working,” Greenblatt said, “but I don’t think you’ll notice [on screen].”
The show will also introduce new characters played by “Cold Case’s” Danny Pino and “The Good Wife’s” Kelli Giddish.