Richard Belzer begins filming soon on the 13th season of “Law & Order: SVU.” Add the years he played Munch on “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” and you’ve got 18 in character. No wonder he wrote a book called “I Am Not a Cop.” “SVU,” however, is about to go under a major change with the departure of Christopher Meloni.

“Yes, Chris is not coming back, and I’m really going to miss him. But we’re taking the opportunity to rejuvenate the franchise, bringing back Stephanie March and Diane Neal.

“I may go out on a case or two with Olivia (Mariska Hargitay). I love working with her anyway. She is so much fun. … As far as plot lines go, we’re not likely to run out. Just pick up the paper on any day, and you’ve got a story. People always find ways to do terrible things.”

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