Beach retires from 'SVU'

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Adam Beach is departing NBC's crime drama "Law & Order: SVU" at season's end.

Beach joined Dick Wolf's crime drama in the fall under a one-year deal, which had an option for a second. The two sides have decided not to exercise the option.

On "L&O: SVU," from Wolf Films and Universal Media Studios, Beach plays Chester Lake, an SVU detective from Brooklyn. "I very much enjoyed my year on 'Law & Order: SVU,' " Beach said. "Now I'm looking forward to new adventures."

Beach joined "SVU" on the heels of his starring role in Wolf's Emmy-winning HBO film "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

"Adam is a superb actor," Wolf said. "From the first day I met him on the set of 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,' I was knocked out by his commitment, dedication and total immersion in the film's most crucial role. He did a terrific job this season on 'SVU,' and I look forward to working with him again in the near future."

Beach's departure from "SVU" follows news that another regular on the show, veteran Diane Neal, also is exiting.

It is understood that Neal's ADA Casey Novak will be replaced with a new assistant district attorney character to be introduced next season. Beach's role is not expected to be recast.
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