Andy Karl Joins ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ As New Sergeant

Andy KarlNBC has found the new Sergeant for SVU.

Andy Karl (Forever) has boarded the seventeenth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Sergeant Mike Dodds, the second in command at the Manhattan SVU. He is the son of NYPD Deputy Chief William Dodds (Peter Gallagher).

The appointment of Sergeant Mike Dodds is set to complicate matters for the SVU squad, which is under the command of Olivia Benson, who in between seasons has been promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant. It is Dodds father, the Deputy Chief, who appoints him to the squad after Finn Tutoula declines to take the position.

Andy Karl’s casting comes mere hours before the show’s seventeenth is set to premiere on NBC and shortly after it was revealed that showrunner Warren Leight will be stepping down from his post in May, once the upcoming season has wrapped production. Leight has been serving as showrunner since 2011.