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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

Exclusive: Maria Bello Signs On to SVU

Maria Bello

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... read more

SVU's Mariska Hargitay Helps Trauma Survivors On-Screen and Off

Mariska Hargitay

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...

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Kathy Griffin Lands Law & Order: SVU Guest Spot

Kathy Griffin

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... read more

'Snitch'

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: Belzer’s 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 show’s producers know ho... read more

Preview: A Look at SVU's Shocking Final Episodes!

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 read more

SVU Preview: "It's Benson as You've Never Seen Her"

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 — read more

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