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 will join the cast of Law & Order: SVU in the fall, NBC announced Wednesday.
Patton will play ...
Maria Bello has signed on to appear on Law & Order: SVU, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
The Golden Globe- and SAG-nominated actress (A History of Violence, The Cooler) will appear in two episodes, playing...
Mariska Hargitay's character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has devoted her life to helping survivors of assault and abuse, and the actress is doing her part in real life as well. Her Joyful Heart Foundation, inspired by Hargitay's experiences on the show, aims to aid and inspire people who have suffered sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Hargitay talked to TVGuide.com about the charity's pursuit of a $250,000 grant from Pepsi, what's next for her character, Detective Olivia Benson, and the odds of Benson hooking up with her partner, Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni).
TVGuide.com: Tell me about Joyful Heart and why it's a cause you feel so strongly about.
Mariska Hargitay: Joyful Heart is about...
Comedian Kathy Griffin will guest-star in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
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Late on Monday, executive producer Neal Baer asked fans on Twitter to fill in the spaces in a Hangman-type game. After nearly a day's worth of guesses, Baer revealed...
I have more news on the Richard Belzer front. I spoke with the actor himself this week and he is very grateful that you guys all miss Detective Munch and it turns out we weren't imagining things: Belzers contract this year was reduced from 22 episodes to a measly 13. No word on why this happened. Belzer is as mystified as we are but the 63 year old's character was pretty much replaced by 35 year old Adam Beach this season. Nobody is saying its ageism and maybe I am just as conspiracy minded as Detective Munch but you do the math and tell me what you think.Executive Producer Neal Baer would not comment further. Although he told me last week Munch wasn't going anywhere, they have sure found screen time for Adam. I think every episode this season. Personally Munch is one of my favorite characters. He is funny, cynical and real. If you want to see more Munch let your voice be heard. Write to NBC or send a letter to TV Guide Magazine and let the shows producers know ho...
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's Christopher Meloni
Although the behind-the-scenes drama on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Tuesdays on NBC, 10 pm/ET) is settled — the show has been renewed for two more seasons and all of the regular cast members, including Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, will be back next year — the on-camera action intensifies as Season 8 wraps up with a quartet of guest star-studded episodes. Family is at the root of much of the drama, as tonight Det. Benson's on-the-run half brother Simon Marsden (creepily played by Michael Weston) resurfaces, sending her on an emotional journey to face her tumultuous past and paternity. Then next week, Det. Stabler's unstable personal life takes center stage as
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Plotlines ripped from the headlines. An emphasis on crime over character. The signature "dum dum." Although these are staples of Dick Wolf's venerable franchise, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET, on NBC) has always differed from its siblings. Over the past eight years, we've gotten to know a lot about the show's two main detectives: Christopher Meloni's hunky but hotheaded Elliot Stabler, and Emmy-winner Mariska Hargitay's empathetic Olivia Benson. Although the cases they work are still the series' hook, their soap-opera-like personal sagas — Stabler's unstable home life, Benson's background as the child of rape, their undeniable sexual attraction —
Eriq La Salle (far right) with SVU's Michael Michele, Blair Underwood and Mariska Hargitay
When Eriq La Salle invited his onetime ER love interest Michael Michele to a reunion, it was an irresistible offer. Their former producer on the medical show, Neal Baer, now heads up another hit, NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET), and he had asked La Salle to direct the Jan. 9 episode, called "Burned." They both wanted Michele to star. "Michael never had the opportunity to do a role like this, so I knew that would make her very excited and committed," La Salle says.
The dark and twisty episode — La Salle affectionately calls it "The War of
Prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer and original CSI helmer Danny Carron are reuniting to exec-produce for CBS a National Treasure-esque action-adventure hour about a wealthy benefactor who funds a team of archaeologists to find artifacts, says Variety.... SVU show-runner Neal Baer is returning to his ER roots to develop an Upstairs, Downstairs-type look at two L.A. hospitals serving very different clientele.... ABC has ordered six episodes of October Road, a onetime fall season candidate that now may debut in spring or summer, and which concerns an acclaimed novelist (Bryan Greenberg) who returns to his hometown to teach at the local university. The pilot also stars Tom Berenger and Geoff Stults.