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'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' squad gets two new detectives

June 27, 2011 |  3:08 pm

Kelli Kelli Gaddish, who starred in last season's "Chase" on NBC, and Danny Pino, a co-star of CBS' "Cold Case," will join the cast as new detectives on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Said executive producer Dick Wolf: "I'm very pleased that we have two amazing actors joining the cast. I know this combination will give us the opportunity to explore the world of 'SVU' with new eyes."

Mariska Hargitay stars on the drama and will return this season to portray Det. Olivia Benson. Christopher Meloni, who played her partner, is leaving the series, and a replacement for him has not yet been named.


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Photo: Kelli Giddish in "Chase." Credit: Valerie Zink / NBC.