Photo: Danny Pino to Join NBC's Award-Winning Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
When Christopher Meloni moved on from NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, it left many wondering who would take his place, but now questions have been answered. Danny Pino, formerly of Cold Case, will join the cast.
Pino will be partnered with former Chase star Kelli Giddish as the precinct’s new detectives.
The announcement was made earlier this week by NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt who said, “Kelli and Danny are two great actors who will join a proven cast headed by Mariska Hargitay as this exceptional series heads into a very promising 13th season.”
It had previously been rumored that lead Mariska Hargitay was also leaving the show, but that will not be the case.
After the departure of Meloni, Pino became one of five actors in talks to replace him. For seven seasons, the Cuban-American played Detective Scotty Valens on CBS’s Cold Case, and made his writing debut with the show in the 2009-2010 season.
Pino was notably the actor chosen to play Desi Arnaz in a CBS special about the life of Lucille Ball - Lucy:The Lucille Ball Story.
Pino joins the SVU cast in it’s 13th season. Meloni, 50, was with the hit franchise for 12 seasons.