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SVU Loses Another ADA, Possibly Lead Stars

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, NBC, News,

SVU's Michaela McManus may be accustomed to changes, but departures don’t usually happen so quickly.

After less than one season on the long-running NBC series, actress Michaela McManus (Kim Greylek) is already out. The former One Tree Hill star joined the program when the show’s last ADA, Casey Novak (actress Diane Neal), left the prosecutor’s office due to controversy.

Greylek, who was sent away to Washington D.C. last month, saw her job temporarily filled by Alexandra Cabot (actress Stephanie March), the former assistant district attorney. Now it appears Kim will be gone for good. Michaela sent the following message to her Twitter followers on March 28: “Will no longer be on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but would like to thank my fans for supporting me.”

Although it’s unclear whether March will be taking back her role permanently, the vet is scheduled to appear in another four episodes this season.

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Chris Noth Leaves Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Cable, NBC, News, Renewals,

Chris NothAfter leaving his mark on two different Law & Order franchises, has decided to leave the Dick Wolf family once again.

Noth, who has been playing Det. Mike Logan on for three years, originated the character when the first series unfolded on NBC back in 1990. (He stuck around that time through 1995.)

When the program returns for its 8th season (it’s still in the middle of its seventh), Jurassic Park‘s Jeff Goldblum will be the new face sharing screen time with Vincent D’Onofrio.

In a statement, USA’s executive vice-president of original programming said, “Jeff is one of the most exciting actors around and is a perfect addition to the Law & Order: Criminal Intent ensemble. We are very excited to see what new moves he will bring to the Major Case Squad.” Well, I hope he brings a lot - especially since he’ll reportedly be getting about $250,000 per episode.

There’s been no word as to how or when Noth will be making his exit.

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Casting Change for Law & Order: SVU

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, NBC, Gossip, News,

Diane Neal, SVUTwo months ago, we told you that Jesse L. Martin would be leaving his role on Law & Order after nine years on the show.  Now it looks like Dick Wolf will be busy with another exit from his L&O family.

TV Guide is reporting that Diane Neal, ‘s Casey Novak, will be departing as well.  Neal took over in 2003 when the drama’s last ADA was supposedly killed.  (It was later revealed that Alex Cabot was actually placed in the Witness Protection Program.)

Although it’s unclear if Neal, too, will go down in a blaze of glory, she is expected to be around for this season’s finale.  Casting for her replacement has already begun.

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Jesse L. Martin Turns In His Law & Order Badge

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, NBC, News,

Jesse L. MartinAfter 18 years on air, NBC’s franchise has grown accustom to casting changes.  Now it appears the flagship series - and the viewers - will have to adjust to one more by season’s end.

, who plays Detective Ed Green, will reportedly be saying goodbye to the Dick Wolf family soon.  The actor was originally paired with the great Jerry Orbach when he joined the cast back in 1999.  In his nine seasons on the show, he has also been assigned to Dennis Farina and recent addition Jeremy Sisto.  (I wonder if Sisto should feel slighted by his new partner’s early exit.)

, who most recently honed his officer chops on the already-forgotten K-Ville, is in line to fill Martin’s shoes.  Although it’s not clear how Det. Green will vacate his position (Will he be killed?  Will he also go into the Witness Protection Program?), his departure will happen before the season’s finale.  That’s around the same time Anderson is expected to make his entrance.

Martin is next scheduled to portray singer Marvin Gaye in Sexual Healing.  That film is currently in pre-production.

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This Week on TV (1/7-1/13)

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MONDAY (1/7)
  • The View (ABC, check local listings):  returns from maternity leave.  I’d gladly sacrifice her to the union gods for an end to the .
  • Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (ABC, 8pm):  Here’s our chance to see if the judges can actually teach what they preach.
  • American Gladiators (NBC, 8pm):  “In the men’s competition, an engineer takes on a radiation-control technician.”  The year of the nerd has now officially spilled over into 2008.
  • Medium (NBC, 10pm):  Season four premiere.  “Allison has creepy visions of a boy being kidnapped from a toy store.”  I never did trust that Geoffrey Giraffe.
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 10pm):  Anthony travels to Singapore for his latest season premiere.  I don’t like traveling with crusty people, but I love watching them venture on TV.
  • The Daily Show/The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 11:30pm):  Tonight Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will crank out their versions of a writer-less show.  God love ‘em for trying.

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