Who should replace Mariska Hargitay on 'SVU'?

142731__mh_lIt’s official: Law & Order: SVU‘s writing team has decided not to work star Mariska Hargitay‘s pregnancy into the show’s storyline, so the actress will take a maternity leave for several episodes while a special guest star fills in. Given that the long-running series already features one character poached from another show — Homicide‘s Det. John Munch (Richard Belzer) — I thought it would be fun to debate which already established TV crime fighter could pinch-hit for Hargitay’s Det. Olivia Benson (pictured). Given my Profiler obsession, I’m tempted to suggest Dr. Samantha Waters (Ally Walker) join the special victims unit to track down a pervy serial killer in a multiple-episode sweeps stunt. But if the SVU team wants to stick with its self-contained storylines, then might I suggest the recruitment of Boomtown‘s sorely missed Det. Bobby ‘Fearless’ Smith (Mykelti Williamson)?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Am I on to something, or do you have a better suggestion?

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  • Tim L

    Oh dude I am all about Ally Waters. When I was in high school I loved Profiler. Creepy Jack that was all about the mind games. I loved it. I vote for that definitly.

  • Liza

    Julianna Margulies would be a good choice.

  • miv

    I really liked Yokas on Third Watch. I thought she played tough and vulnerable well.

  • Lexi

    Fearless is perfect! I missed Boomtown when it was first on but I caught up with it on DVD and can’t believe I missed it. Anyway, Fearless is a great character and shares Benson’s intense personal emotional response to sex crimes (she’s a child of rape, he’s a victim of sex abuse) so I think he could fill Benson’s place on the show, at least temporarily.
    They’ll probably just pick a boring young actress instead, like when Eames went on maternity leave on Criminal Intent. Not that Eames has the juiciest role, but it made you really appreciate what Kathryn Erbe does with the part because her absence was defintely felt.
    It would also be great if any of the cops from The Wire were cast. Det. Munch is from a show based on a work by David Simon, the creator of The Wire. Munch has the Baltimore connection to help it make sense. I’d love to see Bunk on SVU but Freamon might fit in better. Plus, it would give The Wire some much deserved attention!

  • TheMatt

    Well, if we are dreaming, then give me Andre Braugher reprising Frank Pembleton.

  • aflapr

    Stick with the Homicide cast! How about Sgt Howard (Melissa Leo), Capt Megan Russert (Isabella Hoffman), or Det. Laura Ballard (the just killed on Battlestar Gallactica Callie Thorne.)

  • Ann Thrope

    I vote for Eliza Douche-ku!

  • Kaybar

    The important thing is: they better bring Benson back after the pregnancy. The character irritates me sometimes, but, she is pivotal to the show. And, speaking of Eames on CI: I feel that she and Goren have the best partner chemistry that I have ever seen on a cop show.Her absence during her pregnancy was most Definitely felt.

  • Todd

    I don’t watch this show, but if you get Fearless, I’ll tune in….LOVED Boomtown.

  • Nancy

    Fearless would be awesome!

  • hanna m.

    Allison Janney.

  • Jake

    Does anyone know the identity of the special guest star? Certainly they must have picked the person already.

  • Johanna

    I second Julianna Margulies! Completely random, but it’d be awesome. And Mariska and Jules are good friends, so they could exchange pointers, or something.

  • jon

    Cynthia Nixon

  • Iris

    Ally Walker – “Profiler”

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