Q. I’ve often wondered why Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) former partner on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” left. I’m glad they were able to keep it going without him, but I have to say that I’ve missed him. – Ruth Anne Wright, Indianapolis
A. After 12 seasons of playing Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC crime drama, Christopher Meloni was involved in another round of contract renegotiations that led to his decision to leave the show.
He’s indicated, though, that he’d be willing to reprise the role as a guest star.
It didn’t take long for Meloni to pick up more series work afterward.
He was featured in a vastly different part, vampire Roman, in the recent Season 5 of HBO’s “True Blood.” Without putting too fine a point on it, it seems unlikely he’ll be returning there ... but then again, with that show, you never really know for sure.
Meanwhile, Meloni has completed work on several feature films, including the Jackie Robinson biography “42” (as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher) and the Superman movie reboot “Man of Steel,” both due in theaters during the first half of next year.
Q. “Army Wives” used to be seen on Sunday nights, but I can no longer find it. Has it been canceled? – Janice Monescalchi, Utica, N.Y.
A. It’s just on a between-seasons break. As has been mentioned here a number of times, cable series schedules typically aren’t the same as those for network series, running on their own calendars. Season 6 of the Lifetime drama began last March, then ended in September.
The show has been renewed for a Season 7, but its on-air premiere date had not been set as of this writing. Series regular Catherine Bell told us recently that filming of those episodes will begin in Charleston, S.C. (still the show’s home base, though it had sought tax incentives that would have moved the production to California), shortly before or shortly after the start of 2013.
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