'Law & Order: SVU': Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish join the cast for Season 13

danny-pino-kelli-giddish-svu.jpgMeet the new cast members of "Law & Order: SVU" -- former "Cold Case" regular Danny Pino and "Chase" star Kelli Giddish.

Pino will step into the shoes vacated by Christopher Meloni, who left the show last month after 12 seasons. Giddish, meanwhile, will fill in for Mariska Hargitay, who's reducing the number of episodes she's appearing in this season.

Both actors are coming off other NBC projects. Giddish starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "Chase" last season, and she's also guest-starred on both "SVU" and "L&O: Criminal Intent" in the past. Pino was one of the stars of the network's drama pilot "Metro" (aka "S.I.L.A."), which wasn't picked up for 2011-12. He also appeared on a couple episodes of USA's "Burn Notice" last year.
 
"I'm very pleased that we have two amazing actors joining the cast," "SVU" creator Dick Wolf says. "I know this combination will give us the opportunity to explore the world of 'SVU' with new eyes."

What do you think of the casting? Will Pino and Giddish keep you tuned into "SVU" in the fall?
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