SVU promotes Demore Barnes to series regular for season 22

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Law & Order: SVU has promoted Demore Barnes to a series regular for season 22.

Deadline reports the actor will reprise his role as Deputy Chief Christian Garland in the forthcoming season on a more permanent basis.

Garland was introduced in season 21 as a character trying to modernise the NYPD alongside Captain Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and appeared in over a third of the episodes.

Barnes has also starred in American Gods, Hemlock Grove, Hannibal and Titans.

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Photo credit: Rich Fury – Getty Images

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The promotion comes as filming for Law & Order: SVU season 22 began last month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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2020 has largely been a hellscape thus far, but fans of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit received some good news at the end of March.

It was announced that a spinoff was in the works, and not just any old story, but an Elliot Stabler-focused series, titled Organized Crime, with Christopher Meloni welcomed back into the fold.

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Photo credit: NBC

He left SVU in 2011 following a twelve-season stint. Contract talks had reportedly broken down between himself and NBC, which saw his character retire from the force.

Chatting to the New York Post about his departure, Meloni said: “How I left was a different issue and had nothing to do with the Law & Order people, the SVU people or with [creator] Dick Wolf.

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The “Law & Order: SVU” spinoff centering around Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler has been delayed.

The news comes as a result of a showrunner change, with Matt Olmstead exiting the role for creative reasons, Variety has confirmed with sources. Olmstead has plenty of history in the Dick Wolf stable of shows, having co-created and helped launch “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago Fire.”

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” was previously scheduled to premiere on NBC in the fall, however, back in August it was nowhere to be seen in a revised fall schedule issued by the network. Sources say it is still on course to air sometime in the 2020-2021 season, which is being heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. It will now begin a search for a new showrunner, with Olmstead likely to move to a different Wolf property, sources say.

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