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VIDEO: Marcia Gay Harden Calls SVU Character Tough and Ballsy

Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden says that although she's always "re-creating the character of Dana Lewis" on Law & Order: SVU, she's still the same sassy, tough, ballsy, fun and honorable person that you've met before.

SVU's new ADA is tough, but has heart, says actress

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SVU's New ADA is Tough, But Has Heart, Says Actress

Melissa Sagemiller

Melissa Sagemiller had a familiar feeling when she entered the Law & Order: SVU set, the show that gave the actress her first role 11 years earlier.

"I walked into the meeting for this role and Neal [Baer] and Ted [Kotcheff], the executive producers, remembered me. I was touched," Sagemiller says.

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David Krumholtz Calls His SVU Role Intense

Law and Order SVU

David Krumholtz knows how to play a professor. After perfecting the role for six seasons on Numb3rs, he'll go back to the classroom for his upcoming guest spot on Law & Order: SVU. But Krumholtz says the two parts are very different.

Jennifer Love Hewitt calls SVU role "raw"

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Calls SVU Role "Raw"

Jennifer Love Hewitt

On Wednesday's episode of Law & Order: SVU, Jennifer Love Hewitt guest-stars as Vicki, a woman who has been repeatedly raped by the same man for more than a decade.

Hewitt says the role is like nothing she has done before: raw and stripped-down. "Looks-wise, wardrobe-wise, hair-wise, makeup-wise ... [I had to] take everything off and be something that I've never been before. [It] really allowed me emotionally and physically and mentally to go to a different place," she says.

SVU's Neal Baer says premiere was inspired by Vertigo

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SVU's Neal Baer Says Premiere Was Inspired by Vertigo

Joan Cusack, Peter Strauss

"Ripped from the headlines" is the Law & Order franchise's catch phrase, but often times just one nugget of a real-life story is enough to inspire an episode.

This season's premiere slightly borrowed from the story of Jaycee Dugard (who was kidnapped and found to be living with her captor years later), added an element of the Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novack film Vertigo about remaking someone you love, and combined it with the idea of installing RFID chips in your kids to trace their every move.

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Keck's Exclusives: Law & Order: SVU Adds a Mad Man and a True Blood Brother

Michael Gladis

With both their shows on hiatus (True Blood's finale aired Sunday and Mad Men's season ender airs October 17), two actors have signed on to be victimized in a truly terrifying episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU.

Michael Gladis (whose Paul Kinsey has been MIA during Mad Men this season) and Kevin Alejandro (True Blood's Jesus) will play two of... read more

SVU Producer Neal Baer Explains ADA Shakeup

Melissa Sagemiller and Paula Patton

How did Melissa Sagemiller come to replace Paula Patton as the new ADA on Law & Order: SVU? TV Guide Magazine got the scoop from showrunner Neal Baer.

"Right before Paula started her first episode — which she's shooting right now — she was offered... read more

Christine Lahti Returns to Law & Order: SVU

Christine Lahti

An Oscar-nominated actress will return to Law & Order: SVU this season — but don't get nervous, it's not Sharon Stone. It's Christine Lahti, reappearing as overbearing ADA Sonya Paxton sent by the DA's office to ride herd on the SVU team.

A nasty alcoholic, she butted heads with Stabler (Chris Meloni) and was eventually forced to enter rehab... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Jennifer Love Hewitt to Guest on Law & Order: SVU

Jennifer Love Hewitt

After whispering to ghosts and playing a masseuse in a summer TV movie, Jennifer Love Hewitt is taking on the most serious role of her career. "In our third hour, airing September 29, Jennifer will be playing a woman named Vicki who has been raped multiple times and is afraid to leave her house," Law & Order: SVU executive producer Neal Baer tells me exclusively. "One of the reasons we wanted to do this episode is because it addresses Mariska Hargitay's passion for rape kits, which can help gather evidence to convict the rapists. But for some reason these kits have been sitting around unopened in cities all over the country."

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Precious Star Paula Patton Is Law & Order: SVU's New ADA

Paula Patton

Precious star Paula Patton will join the cast of Law & Order: SVU in the fall, NBC announced Wednesday.

Patton will play ... read more

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