'Law & Order: SVU' season 18: veteran writer Rick Eid to take the place of Warren Leight?

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“Law & Order: SVU” gets into a new dimension with the addition of the Rick Eid partnering up with Julie Martin to oversight the show moving forward.

With showrunner for five years, Warren Leight stepping down from the longest-running police procedural, “SVU” taps in veteran writer Eid to fill in the void.

“He’s a fantastic writer and he will bring a new energy to the show,” Martin told The Hollywood Reporter referring to his upcoming collaborator. “It’s always great to have people come in who haven’t been doing it for years and they have a fresh perspective and they have a different take on things and a different energy and just infuse what we have with some new blood.”

Technically, Eid is really not new in the world of police procedurals, he has worked on the show’s flagship series, “Law & Order” as well as other spin-offs like “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” as well as “Law & Order: LA.”

Leight is leaving his tenure in the Dick Wolf-created series for an overall deal at Sony Pictures Television with a bang as he leaves Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the rest of the Manhattan squad mourning for the loss of Dodds (Andy Karl) who died a tragic death following the events of season 17 finale. 

“This it is for me,” Karl told E! News back in April when the media outlet visited the set for the show’s season 17 finale episode. “I said goodbye this morning, to Mariska, as far as Sgt. Dodds…This character has really gained a whole bunch of knowledge and helped out so much with SVU. Then to have a tragedy ripped from the precinct will affect everyone’s character. So really, my character will initially affect and move on.”

The shake-ups within the “SVU” narrative as well as behind the scenes of the show will only catapult it to greater heights when it comes back for a brand new installment later this year. With both Benson and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) both entering the thick of motherhood, Fin (Ice-T) also delves into some personal issues as he tries to re-evaluate his life as a cop for almost two decades already. “What is he doing to make his life fulfilling to him beyond just being a cop,” Martin asked seemingly hinting on a bigger story arc for the veteran squad member.

“Law & Order: SVU” is expected to be back on air sometime this Fall.