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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Casts Broadway Star Andy Karl as New Sergeant

“Legally Blonde: The Musical” actor joins show following exit of series regular Danny Pino

Broadway star Andy Karl is joining the cast of NBC’s long-running “Law & Order: SVU” as a new recurring character, TheWrap has learned.

Karl will play Sgt. Mike Dodds, who is the son of Deputy Chief William Dodds, played by Peter Gallagher. The new addition to the cast comes after the exit of series regular Danny Pino, whose character Amaro left the show at the end of the show’s sixteenth season.

The long-running police procedural stars Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino and Raúl Esparza.

Executive producer Dick Wolf also announced at the 2015 Television Critics Association press tour last month that the series would participate in a four-way crossover event with “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med” next February.

“Law & Order: SVU” returns with a two-hour season premiere Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Karl last appeared on ABC’s “Forever” and in films like “Joyful Noise” and “And So It Goes.” He is represented by Paradigm and Principal Entertainment LA.