Mariska Hargitay has signed a new deal to remain on Law & Order: SVU. But there's a surprising catch and twist.
The veteran actress will only stick around for 13 episodes. Around midseason, TV Line reports, Olivia Benson will take on a supervisor role, passing the gun and holster to a new female detective.
With Hargitay out, could Jennifer Love Hewitt be in?
And who might come on board in this role? NBC insiders are said to be recruiting Jennifer Love Hewitt, who guest-starred on the drama last season. We didn't see that name coming.
Christopher Meloni is yet to sign a new deal for the 2011-2012, but is expected to do so.