After a dozen season on Law & Order: SVU, Mariska Hargitay has asked to see her role scaled back next season, and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer) is reportedly the leading candidate to fill her shoes, according to TV Line.com. The website reports that “Around midseason, Hargitay’s Olivia Benson will pass the baton on to a new female detective.” Hargitay’s on-screen partner, Christopher Meloni, has not yet signed a contract to return next season.