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Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes will depart the cast of Law & Order: SVU

Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes will depart the cast of Law & Order: SVU at the start of hit series’ 23rd season


Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes are set to depart the cast of Law & Order: SVU at the beginning of its 23rd season.

The performers, who portray Officer Kat Tamin and Deputy Chief Christian Garland, respectively, will exit the program in the new run of episodes’ two-part premiere, according to Deadline.

The two were formerly introduced in recurring roles during the longstanding crime show’s 21st season.

First appearance: Both Hyder and Barnes were brought onto the series during its 21st season; he is pictured in 2019

Departing: Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes will be leaving the cast of Law & Order: SVU; Hyder seen in 2020 and Barnes seen in 2019

Hyder and Barnes were later promoted to series regulars for the following run of episodes. 

The reason for the pair’s departure has not been made available to the public as of yet. 

The first episode of the 23rd season, entitled And the Empire Strikes Back, is currently scheduled to air on September 23rd and will pick up right where the previous run of episodes left off.

Ben Rappaport, Terry Serpico and Octavio Pisano are all set to guest star in the forthcoming episode, which will see one of Garland’s coworkers being tested over their loyalty to the Deputy Chief. 

Heading out: The pair is set to depart the program following the airing of the two-part premiere of its 23rd season, which will arrive later this month

Heading out: The pair is set to depart the program following the airing of the two-part premiere of its 23rd season, which will arrive later this month

The second episode, Never Turn Your Back on Them, will see Tamin following a dangerous lead while on the search for a missing witness.

In addition to Rappaport and Serpico, Isabelle Poloner and Glenn Fleshler will also serve as guest stars in the latter part of the premiere.

Series regulars Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino and Kelli Giddish are set to star in the new episodes, as well.

Christopher Meloni, who previously departed the series, will also return to reprise his role of Elliot Stabler in the new set of episodes. 

Sticking around: Series regulars Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scavino will all star in the hit series' 23rd season

Sticking around: Series regulars Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scavino will all star in the hit series’ 23rd season

Law & Order: SVU is currently the longest-running live-action series in television history and was given a three-year renewal in 2020, which means that it will be produced up to its 24th season.

The show was the first spinoff from the original program, and made its network debut in 1999.

Law & Order: SVU specifically focuses on the investigations surrounding especially heinous cases that are often taken from real-life occurrences.

Other spinoffs from the original program include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Organized Crime and Law & Order: LA.

High marks: Law & Order: SVU is currently the longest-running live-action series in television history; Hargitay and Barnes are pictured in April

High marks: Law & Order: SVU is currently the longest-running live-action series in television history; Hargitay and Barnes are pictured in April

The series’ executive producer, Peter Jankowski, recently appeared on The Crime Story Podcast and spoke about various aspects of the show’s history and production.

He specifically pointed out that the hardest part of producing the program was figuring out how to most effectively address the topics presented on each episode.

‘The challenge of SVU is finding a place to talk about the issues that’s not exploitive or tawdry or so upsetting you can’t watch it. I think the walls or the parameters of that have been pushed out a little bit,’ he said.

Jankowski also expressed that the show’s writers were dedicated to humanizing all of the individuals on the program in an effort to bring more dramatic depth to each episode’s story.

He stressed the importance of ‘understanding what people’s points of view are, why people are motivated to do certain things just because you may not agree with it, it’s really important to understand where people stand.’ 

Striking a balance: Executive producer Peter Jankowski recently revealed that one of the most difficult parts of working on the show was 'finding a place to talk about the issues that's not exploitive or tawdry or so upsetting you can't watch it'

Striking a balance: Executive producer Peter Jankowski recently revealed that one of the most difficult parts of working on the show was ‘finding a place to talk about the issues that’s not exploitive or tawdry or so upsetting you can’t watch it’

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