Law & Order: SVU: Peter Gallagher Cops Recurring Role in Season 16

Peter Gallagher Law & Order SVU

O.C. patriarch-turned-Covert Affairs honcho Peter Gallagher is joining Law & Order: SVU‘s upcoming 16th season in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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He will play Deputy Chief William Dodds, the charismatic and tough-as-nails boss who oversees all of the special victims units in New York City. He demands respect and hard work from the commanders that answer to him, and is used to getting it.

“I’ve wanted to write for and work with Peter Gallagher since…forever,” enthused SVU showrunner Warren Leight. “He’s an actor’s actor — deft with text and subtext; emotion and intellect. Like everyone else in our cast, he’s also a great singer. We’re all thrilled that this long into the show’s run, actors of his quality want to do an arc on SVU.”

SVU returns Wednesday, September 24 at 9/8c on NBC.

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  1. Boyd Frederick says:

    What about his role on Covert Affairs?

  2. Frances says:

    I swear Peter Gallagher is ageing backwards – he looks younger in that picture than he did on The O.C.

  3. blah says:

    yippy skippy

  4. JWB says:

    I guess Covert Affairs is done. He should get his own show instead of moving to another dying show. I’ve always liked Peter Gallagher. He was great in Steven Soderbergh’s The Underneath (1995).

    • Linda says:

      It’s a recurring role, and as far as I can tell, it’s not a dying show. I doubt Covert Affairs is done either.

      • drhenning says:

        Assuming Covert Affairs returns for probably its final season next year, it’s not like he’s the main star and has plenty of time to do other stuff… Plus unless his character has to go to a location on CA, all of SVU is shot in NYC an easy commute from Toronto if there is an overlap between those shows…

  5. Whatevah says:

    Love him!

  6. Allison says:

    Ugh. Put a fork in this aging, dying show.

  7. Diz says:

    I love him. He’ll do a great job in the role.

  8. People are saying Law & Order: SVU is a ‘dying’ show; but it’s ratings this previous season (season 15) prove otherwise. The show is up in the ratings from the previous season prior (season 14) and NBC’s #3 or #4 scripted show behind Chicago Fire & Blacklist. Get your facts before you claim a show is ‘dying’. Even creatively, S15 was probably SVU’s BEST season in about 5-6 years (even when Meloni was on the show; I thought it was going downhill creatively then). I’m axious to see Gallagher on SVU, he’s going to be great!

  9. Lexi says:

    Another friend of Warren Leight gets a job. BRAVO!!!!! I thought he said it was going to be big casting news? Not so much.