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'True Blood' Actors Among Contenders to Replace Chris Meloni on 'Law and Order: SVU'

June 21, 2011 (8:10 am) GMT
Kevin Alejandro and Michael Raymond-James, who have appeared on the HBO series, are joining three other actors who will test for the male lead role on the NBC show.
'True Blood' Actors Among Contenders to Replace Chris Meloni on 'Law and Order: SVU'

The list of possible Chris Meloni's replacements on "" has been narrowed to five. Among those competing for the coveted part reportedly are two "" actors, Kevin Alejandro and Michael Raymond-James.

The former has appeared as Jesus Velasquez on the vampire-themed series since season 3 in addition to taking the role of Nate Moretta on "". The latter, meanwhile, played Rene Lenier in the first season of the hit HBO show and starred on short-lived "". The twosome recently also guest starred on "SVU".

The other actors vying for the role are (""), ("") and Rhys Coiro (""). According to Deadline, the five guys are being flown to New York to join a test opposite returning "SVU" star .

Meloni will not return to a thirteenth season of "SVU" as his talks with studio NBC Universal broke down in May. Hargitay has also asked for a lighter work schedule to focus on her family. was rumored to come midway through the coming season to replace the Detective Olivia Benson depicter, but it reportedly will not happen.

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