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Christopher Meloni Won’t Return to Law & Order: SVU

Just last week, rumors flew that Jennifer Love Hewitt was being groomed as an eventual replacement for Mariska Hargitay on Law & Order: SVU, but it looks like the long-running show has a different — and more imminent — hole to fill. TVLine reports that Christopher Meloni is exiting the show after talks collapsed to bring him back for a thirteenth season, and NBC is now searching for a big-name actor to replace him. First Lisa Edelstein leaves House, and now this ... is there another procedural lead ready to bail so we can officially call this a trend? [TVLine]

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