No two ways about it: Law & Order: SVU is going to look really different when it returns this fall. With the exit of series vet Christopher Meloni and the addition of both Danny Pino (Cold Case) and Kelli Giddish (The Good Wife), the 13th season of the NBC procedural had the potential of being nearly unrecognizable. But that’s not necessarily the case — nor is said change a bad thing.
Returning fan fave Diane Neal puts it best in SVU‘s new promo, saying, “Just stay tuned, because it’s going to be really, really good!” And after watching the preview (which you can check out below), we think you’ll feel the same.
The lengthy clip features intros to the aforementioned “new kids” on the cop block, Detectives Nick Amaro and Amanda Rollin, as well as insights from series regulars about Meloni’s surprise exit.
“It’s been different this year,” Hargitay offers. Remarks Neal, “It’s strange without [Meloni], but Mariska is beyond capable of carrying the show.” SVU vet Stephanie March, Law & Order alum Linus Roache, Ice-T, and Richard Belzer also appear.
Check out the preview below, and catch the full season premiere Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10/9c.