September 11, 2010
After just one episode, ‘Precious’ star Paula Patton has bowed out of her new role as an ADA on ‘Law & Order: SVU.’ The reason? She’ll be in ‘Mission Impossible 4.’
Melissa Sagemiller of TNT’s ‘Raising the Bar’ will replace Patton on the hit NBC series. Patton was tapped to play ADA Mikka Von on a recurring basis, but now she’ll appear in one episode before Sagemiller takes on the recurring ADA role in October.
According to TV Guide, Sagemiller will be an ADA from Brooklyn who respects Stabler and Benson.
Executive producer Neal Baer said Patton’s character will go out in a big way.
“Right before Paula started her first episode — which she’s shooting right now — she was offered a test for ‘Mission Impossible 4,'” Baer told TV Guide Magazine. “We had a contract, but I don’t want to stand in someone’s career path if they’re going to be in a huge feature film with Tom Cruise. So when she got that role, we recast ours.”
Sagemiller appeared in a 2000 episode of ‘SVU’ as Becky Sorenson. Her other TV credits include an episode of ‘The Guardian,’ ‘Sleeper Cell’ and ‘Without a Trace.’