NBC is continuing its search for a new female cop to join “Law & Order: SVU.”
“The Jennifer Love Hewitt rumor is just a rumor,” Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. told reporters on Sunday.
“What we are saying – and I think is going to be great creatively for the show next year – is there is going to be another detective coming into the show about half way through the season.
“I think creatively that will give both (Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni’s) characters an interesting and new kind of relationship. Jennifer is somebody we have been circling. I don’t know if that is ultimately going to come to pass or not.”
The introduction of a new partner for Detective Stabler (Meloni) is now a priority as Hargitay’s newly signed contract only keeps her on the show for 13 episodes.
“Mariska just adopted a child and we are not sure beyond this next season where we will be with her, so we are looking at a lot of different options,” Greenblatt says. (Meloni is expected to resign shortly.)
“SVU” is the last of Dick Wolf’s iconic cop shows standing on NBC. The network axed “Law & Order: LA” last week after one season.
“We could keep this show going for a number of years as long as the audience wanted it and we kept it creatively fresh,” Greenblatt says. “We have a new showrunner coming in this year, Warren Leight, who is an award winning writer who I think will creatively give the show another shot in the arm as well. It is a franchise I would like to keep going.”
There are no further spinoffs of the franchise in development, he said.