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First Look: Law & Order: SVU Swears In Its New Detectives

Law & Order: SVU

It's the beginning of a new era.

When Law & Order: SVU premieres its 13th season (Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10/9c on NBC), Mariska Hargitay will be flanked by two new detectives — Goodbye, Christopher Meloni! Hello, Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish!

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Law & Order: SVU's New Boss on Meloni's Exit, the New Detectives and Rejuvenating the Show

Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is not the same show it was when new executive producer Warren Leight was hired to run it.

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Since Leight (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, In Treatment, Lights Out) took the reins four months ago, veteran cast member Christopher Meloni has left the show and he's been replaced by two new faces: Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino. But Leight is looking at the positive. "We call it SVU 2.0 this year," Leight tells TVGuide.com. "I'm aware of how successful and well-liked this show is. I'm just trying to figure out how you rejuvenate it after 12 years."

In the expansive interview after the jump, Leight discusses how he plans to do just that. Plus: He gives us the scoop on how losing a partner will affect Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay), what we can expect from the new detectives and whether Meloni might return for a final goodbye... read more

Mega Buzz: Tiva Time on NCIS? Plus: Fringe's Future and Stabler's SVU Exit

Michael Weatherly, Joshua Jackson, Christopher Meloni

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Please tell me E.J. Barrett's NCIS return will be short-lived. I need Tiva! — Hanna
ADAM:
Let's let Michael Weatherly offer his take. "There's a new wrinkle in [Tony and E.J.'s] relationship, and I would say it is somewhat troubling," he says. "I think Tony questions a lot of things about her, and I don't think there's any going back to their initial blinky-blinky, lovey-dovey plot." But before your little 'shipper heart explodes, that doesn't necessarily guarantee loads of Tony-Ziva goodness. "Tony ultimately has to lean on himself. He has to figure some of his own stuff out," Weatherly says. "That might make him more able down the road to approach a relationship with Ziva."

Will Fringe go back to the future this season? —Barry
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Yes, but it won't be the same future we saw in the finale. "The future that we saw in 2026... read more

VIDEO: Law & Order: SVU's Diane Neal Says Season 13 Has a Nitty-Gritty Feel

Diane Neal, Law & Order: SVU

When Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns, the show will hark back to earlier seasons, Diane Neal says.

"It's back on track to what the original SVU was intended to be, which is about sex crimes and crimes against children," Neal says. "It's got more of a nitty-gritty feel."

NBC boss: SVU's Hargitay will remain in "every episode"

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Who Earns What: TV's Biggest Salaries

Ashton Kutcher

A lot of people think TV is better than movies these days. For many actors, it certainly pays better. Unless you're able to play a superhero, it's tough to get super-rich from big-screen work, so more actors are moving to series TV. The expanded talent pool has given networks and studios extra leverage in negotiating salaries. "There are so few gigantic stars in features and the rest are not making any money," says one industry executive familiar with this year's deal-making. "That's helpful."

The general rule across the TV business is to keep lead performers on new network prime-time series to $125,000 an episode. (Cable networks are going as high as $150,000.) That's not Charlie Sheen money, but it's not bad. "Times that by 22, [and] you can maintain a pretty good lifestyle based on what you were making in features but now you're not," the executive says.

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Check Out a First Look at the New Man of Steel

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill shows off Superman's vaunted power in the first photo from the upcoming film Man of Steel.

Laurence Fishburne to play Perry White in Man of Steel

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Laurence Fishburne to Play Perry White in Man of Steel

Laurence Fishburne

Looks like the thing to do after leaving a crime procedural is to join Man of Steel.

Laurence Fishburne, who exited CSI after two seasons, has signed on to the Superman reboot as Daily Planet Editor-in-Chief Perry White, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Laurence Fishburne exits CSI after two seasons

Fishburne is the first black actor to play the part. He succeeds ...
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NBC Boss: SVU's Hargitay Will Remain in "Every Episode," Voice Returns Post-Super Bowl

Mariska Hargitay, Carson Daly

Mariska Hargitay will be lightening her workload during the next season of Law & Order: SVU, but NBC boss Robert Greenblatt says viewers won't be able to tell.

"You will not notice anything," Greenblatt said Monday, while speaking to reporters during NBC's fall TV preview session. He added that while the actress, who recently adopted a child, will be "lightening her load in terms of shooting days," her alter ego Olivia Benson won't be any less of a presence on-screen. read more

Stephanie March, Diane Neal Returning to Law & Order: SVU for Season 13

Law & Order: SVU, Diane Neal and Stephanie March

Stephanie March and Diane Neal are both returning to Law & Order: SVU for the drama's upcoming thirteenth season, executive producer Warren Leight revealed Tuesday.

March, 36, played ADA Alexandra Cabot for seven seasons and Neal, 34, portrayed ADA Casey Novak for... read more

Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino Join Law & Order: SVU As New Detectives

Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino

Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino have signed on as series regulars for the new season of Law & Order: SVU, NBC announced Monday.

Giddish (Chase) and Pino (Cold Case) will play new detectives going into Season 13, filling the void left by... read more

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