Law & Order: SVU Casts Two New Detectives

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Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish have a challenge ahead of them far greater than fighting crime on the streets of New York City.

The actors have been chosen to replace a pair of TV icons, as they've been cast as new detectives on Law & Order: SVU, taking over for Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay.

After 12 seasons as Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson, respectively, the former did not sign a new contract while the latter will move to a supervisor position on the show halfway through the 2011-2012 season.

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Says Executive Producer/Creator 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."

Are you excited for the casting shake-up?

[Photos: Juan Rico/Fame Pictures, FOX]