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Paula Patton to Play Key Role on Law & Order: SVU

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Paula Patton is coming to the small screen.

Best known as a movie actress, most recently having appeared in Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, Patton will play a major role on Law & Order: SVU this fall.

Filling in for the departed Stephanie March, she'll portray Assistant District Attorney Mikka Von and will debut on the show's fifth episode of its new season.

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"When I saw Paula Patton give that terrific performance in the multi-Oscar nominated Precious, I knew she'd be perfect for SVU's new Assistant District Attorney - she's funny, warm and witty with a penchant for justice," executive producer Neal Baer said in a statement.

Law & Order: SVU premieres its 12th season on September 22.

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I Love Paula Patton she played a really great role on SVU... I wish it was long term though!!! maybe she will be popping in and out of different episodes hopefully. Go Paula! Loving her in this yellow number.


A new ADA.
I'm so excited.
Cannot wait for Season 12!
Only shame is that I really like Stephanie March's character.
But like they say: When one door closes, another one opens. :D