You beat me Angua (g). As I've written before, I'm not a fan of Mr. Ausiello, but I must admit that when he respects and likes someone, he handles things well. I'll miss her and her character. Both terrific.
Post by annabelleleigh on Apr 5, 2010 12:08:21 GMT -5
Merkerson was not fired. After winning an Emmy other opportunities opened up for her. There's nothing surprising or sinister about an actor leaving a TV series after decades of playing the same role. If Meloni's leaving SVU (and I don't know that for a fact) I'm sure it's for the same reason.
1. Change is the one constant in life. How one handles it is a measure of one's character.
2. With a possible "L&O: LA" in the works and an almost certain renewal for a 21st mothership season one can hardly say the L&O franchise is kaput.
Post by wilmingtonfan on Apr 5, 2010 13:33:39 GMT -5
Merkeson stated that her contract was over at the end of the season and she was going to have to begin negotiating for her new one. She decided she would leave the series instead. Given her story line this year (and she said she doesn't know how it is going to end), this was a logical time for her to step aside. Better she leave now of her own accord than they kill her off (and I'm not saying that is what they were going to do -- just a possibility). It's always better to leave on your own terms at your own time. She has been in this role a long time and probably wants to stretch her wings a little.
Post by outerbankschick on Apr 5, 2010 19:04:55 GMT -5
Thanks for the episode name reminder, Nikki. I was about to dig out my DVD's to find it. I couldn't remember the name of her first ep. I loved it! She was so amazing. Any wonder they wanted her as a regular cast member.