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'Law and Order: SVU' Recruits Two New Detectives

June 28, 2011 (1:35 am) GMT
Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino will join Mariska Hargitay on 'Special Victims Unit' following Christopher Meloni's departure.

"" has found its new detectives. and are cast on the drama series to join , who has asked for a reduced role in the upcoming season to focus on her family.

"Kelli and Danny are two great actors who will join a proven cast headed by Mariska Hargitay as this exceptional series heads into a very promising 13th season," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says in a statement released on Monday, June 27.

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

Details about Giddish and Pino's roles are still under wraps, but it is believed that Giddish takes the role which was reportedly offered to . Pino, meanwhile, will essentially replace who decided not to return to the show this year.

Kelli Giddish appeared on long-running soap opera "" and short-lived NBC's series "". The 31-year-old actress has also guest starred on "SVU" as well as "", which recently aired its series finale.

As for Danny Pino, he is known for his role as Mexican druglord and serial rapist Armadillo Quintero on FX's "". He starred on CBS' "", and recently guest starred on USA Network's "". He was mentioned among the contenders to replace Christopher Meloni along with "" actors, Kevin Alejandro and Michael Raymond-James.

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