In case you hadn't heard... After starring a decade on Law and Order: SVU, actor B.D. will not be reprising his role as forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang next season. In a recent tweet, the veteran actor revealed that he wouldn't be returning for the 13th season of the long-running crime drama: B.D. Wong Reveals His SVU Fate.
But do not fret. You will not miss him on the tube for long. Fans can catch him next on NBC's upcoming midseason drama Awake, about a police detective, Michael Britten, who survives a car crash to find out he exists in two parallel realities. Whaaa? Here's some more information about the show, which sounds pretty cool:
After Detective Michael Britten wakes up from a car accident with his wife and teenage son, he learns the devastating news that his wife died in the crash. Trying to put the pieces of his life back together, he wakes up a few days later to realize that his wife is very much alive and his son died in the accident! Did he lose his wife or his son? Or neither of them??Crazy. But very intriguing. B.D. Wong plays Dr. John Lee, Britten's therapist in one of the realities. It sounds like a good fit -- I wonder how many doctor/counselor roles he's played in his career. Personally, I would have loved to see B.D. as one of the detective roles. Ah, well. But does this mean that Dr. Huang won't get a proper sendoff in SVU's narrative? Bummer.
What if your life split in two in the face of a situation like this, and you could actually have everything you wanted, just not all at the same time? Michael goes back to work solving crimes while trying to put things back on a "normal" track, but alternating between realities provides some challenges - one moment he and his wife are grappling with having another child to replace their loss, and the next moment he's finding himself attracted to his son's tennis coach to fill the void from the loss of his wife. At the same time, he is solving crimes in each world which sometimes overlap in fascinating and inexplicable ways. Is he dreaming or going mad? Michael begins seeing two different therapists to help him sort things out, but then again why would he want either "reality" to go away when the totality of both means having his family complete?