Peter Gallagher Books a Law & Order: SVU Recurring Role for Season 16

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Law & Order: SVU has booked another one. The long-running NBC series has just cast actor Peter Gallagher in a recurring role in its upcoming 16th (I can’t believe it’s been that many) season. TVLine first broke the news earlier today.

According to TVLine, Gallagher “will play Deputy Chief William Dodds, the charismatic and tough-as-nails boss who oversees all of the special victims units in New York City. He demands respect and hard work from the commanders that answer to him, and is used to getting it.” At this time, there has been no set amount of episodes that he will appear in throughout season sixteen.

“I’ve wanted to write for and work with Peter Gallagher since…forever,” Law & Order: SVU showrunner Warren Leight told TVLine. “He’s an actor’s actor — deft with text and subtext; emotion and intellect. Like everyone else in our cast, he’s also a great singer. We’re all thrilled that this long into the show’s run, actors of his quality want to do an arc on SVU.”

Most recently seen in USA Network’s Covert Affairs, Gallagher has appeared on numerous television series throughout the years, including CalifornicationRescue MeHow I Met Your Mother, Kroll Show, and, of course, his starring role as the best father ever, Sandy Cohen, on the Fox teen drama (and my personal favorite show of all-time), The O.C. 

In addition to Gallagher, Law & Order: SVU has also lined up Ron Rifkin (Alias), Brian D’Arcy James (Smash), Teri Polo (The Fosters), Stacy Keach (Prison Break), and even Today co-host Hoda Kotb as guest stars for this upcoming season. The long-running legal drama returns on Wednesday, September 24 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (
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