Fan favorite Mariska Hargitay is reportedly planning to make the next season of “Law & Order: SVU” her last, as Deadline Hollywood claims she’s inked a deal that will see her working fewer hours with a new female detective eventually taking her place. Now, sources say another veteran TV star is eyeing a role as Hargitay’s replacement: Jennifer Love Hewitt.
According to TV Line, Hewitt is in talks to step in as the new partner of Elliot Stabler (Meloni), after Det. Olivia Benson (Hargitay) is promoted in the precinct to a supervising position mid-season.
Hargitay has signed a deal to return for the 13th season of ‘SVU,’ but working fewer hours at the same salary. Meloni hasn’t yet signed his deal, but is reportedly asking for a raise.
Hewitt has yet to officially sign any contract.