The fate of yet another actor facing the prospect of double duty this TV season has apparently been decided. B.D. Wong, who fills a major role on the NBC midseason drama Awake, announced on Twitter Sunday that Law & Order: SVU viewers likely have seen the last of forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang.
“I actually do not return for Season 13,” Wong told one follower during his live tweeting of USA Network’s Sunday afternoon “What Would BD DO” SVU marathon. “I am jumping to Awake! It’s awesome!”
Wong hinted at a possible parting of the ways with the long-running crime drama when I spoke to him at NBC’s upfront presentation unveiling the network’s 2011-12 schedule. “[The SVU powers-that-be] gave me the blessing to do [the Awake pilot], which was really nice,” he shared. “But I don’t really know if I can do both or not.”
Since Awake doesn’t debut until midseason, there seemed to be some hope that Huang would return at least to say goodbye. But as Wong tweeted Sunday, “I don’t know if or when I’ll be back [on SVU]! It was amazing to have such a cool job for 11 years and to be a real NY Actor.”
Wong’s exit marks the last bit of cast upheaval for SVU, which has lost series vet Chris Meloni, added Danny Pino (Cold Case) and Kelli Giddish (Chase) as series regulars/new detectives, and is welcoming back Stephanie March and Diane Neal (as prosecutors Alexandra Cabot and Casey Novak) for an undetermined number of episodes each.
On Awake — which, as B.D. said, is rather awesome — Wong plays one of two shrinks that Jason Isaacs’ troubled lawman sees, each in a separate reality. Cherry Jones (24) plays the other therapist. You can get a peek at Awake here; grab a Kleenex first: