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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit kicks off its 14th season by asking what once may have been an unthinkable question: Is Capt. Cragen a murderer?
"He should have not put that dead hooker in his bed," executive producer Warren Leight tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "Even if we know Capt. Cragen, it's just never good to wake up with a dead hooker in your bed. That means you did something wrong."
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But did he? While Cragen (Dann Florek) comes under investigation, Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) will work furiously to prove his innocence, even though she has a new temporary captain (guest star Adam Baldwin) breathing down her neck. As Benson gets closer to the truth, she'll learn what Leight says is a theme for the season: Everybody has secrets...
Paget Brewster and Dann Florek
Paget Brewster says she was so star-struck when she first guested on NBC's Law & Order: SVU five years ago "that I don't know that I did such a good job. So I'm really glad they asked me to come back!"
She debuts in the September 26 season premiere as...
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It may take longer to unwind last season's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit cliff-hanger than we thought.
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SVU has cast Chuck and Firefly alum Adam Baldwin to play Capt. Steven Harris, the squad's new interim captain, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. He will take over the duties usually handled by Capt. Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), who is suspected of murder after he was last seen waking up next to a dead prostitute in SVU's Season 13 finale...
It seems Paget Brewster can't stay away from a crime scene. The actress, who played Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds for six seasons before leaving the show earlier this year, will guest-star on the season premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC announced Wednesday.
The actress will appear as the head of the Public Integrity Unit in the District Attorney's office. Her character will be assigned to the case against Dann Florek's Capt. Cragen, who is suspected of murder after last season's shocking finale, in which Cragen woke up with a dead prostitute in his bed.
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[Spoiler alert! The following story contains major spoilers from Wednesday's season finale of Law & Order: SVU. Read on if you dare.]
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Is there anything you can tell us about the Revenge finale? — Ginny
NATALIE: Can you hear me now? No? That's basically the problem in the season finale. "Dropped calls!" Connor Paolo teases. "The importance of picking up the phone when people call!" Adds Gabriel Mann: "Sometimes it might be real important!" What does it all mean? What's in Nolan's immediate future? "A lot of blood," Mann says. Gulp!
Any clues about SVU's big cliff-hanger? — Devon
ADAM: Remember the infamous "horse's head" scene in The Godfather? Well, replace the horse's head with...
On the Law & Order: SVU finale, Capt. Cragen will defend an old colleague who hasn't been on the show in more than a decade.
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Season 1 star Dean Winters returns on Wednesday's episode as Det. Brian Cassidy, now an undercover cop who is involved in the team's latest case. "It looks like he could be a little shady, and it's up to Cragen to say, 'I know Brian and he's a good cop,'" Dann Florek tells TVGuide.com. Unfortunately, Det. Amaro (Danny Pino) doesn't quite believe him. "It's contentious with Amaro," Pino says. "Dean's character is not as affable as Amaro would like."
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More than 20 years after TV viewers first met Capt. Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) on Law & Order, the actor — not to mention fans — still doesn't quite have his character figured out. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
"I always like when the writers throw a curve ball or when I discover something new because playing a character like this, to me, is like hanging out with a really good friend," Florek tells TVGuide.com. "I would never presume that I know everything about him."
Exclusive sneak peek: SVU's Captain Cragen is ready to go undercover
Florek will learn a lot more about his "friend" on Wednesday's episode of Law & Order: SVU (airing at 10/9c on NBC) when Cragen volunteers to go undercover as a man seeking a mail-order Russian bride. Although ADA Cabot (Stephanie March) is quick to warn the captain not to get emotionally involved with his fake date, that proves much easier said than done. "When you go undercover, one of the key things you have to do is play a character as close to yourself as possible so you don't get caught up in...
Sure, he's been the head of the special victims unit for the last 12 years (and was top boss on the original Law & Order for three years before that). But on this week's episode of Law & Order: SVU, fans will see Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) as they've never seen him before when he goes undercover.
In this exclusive clip from Wednesday's episode (airing at 10/9c on NBC), Cragen realizes he fits the description for a mail-order Russian Bride customer (a lonely, mature man with money) and volunteers himself for the job to ADA Cabot (Stephanie March). Although he openly admits he probably hasn't been undercover since before
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is not the same show it was when new executive producer Warren Leight was hired to run it.
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Since Leight (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, In Treatment, Lights Out) took the reins four months ago, veteran cast member Christopher Meloni has left the show and he's been replaced by two new faces: Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino. But Leight is looking at the positive. "We call it SVU 2.0 this year," Leight tells TVGuide.com. "I'm aware of how successful and well-liked this show is. I'm just trying to figure out how you rejuvenate it after 12 years."
In the expansive interview after the jump, Leight discusses how he plans to do just that. Plus: He gives us the scoop on how losing a partner will affect Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay), what we can expect from the new detectives and whether Meloni might return for a final goodbye...