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Lynette Rice
June 29, 2011 AT 08:23 PM EDT

Reassuring news for SVU fans who may have been confused by the announcement that two new cast members will join the NBC drama: Mariska Hargitay will continue to play a marquee role in the Law & Order franchise when it returns this fall.

A NBC spokesman told EW that Hargitay will appear in every episode even though two new detectives will join the show — namely, Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino. The veteran SVU actress has said that she wants to spend more time with her family, but the producers will be able to accommodate her wishes while continuing to have her appear every week.

It’s still unclear how Giddish and Pino will be worked into the show, now that Chris Meloni is not returning.

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