Mariska Hargitay by Michael Parmelee/NBC Photo, Bill Pullman by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Mariska Hargitay by Michael Parmelee/NBC Photo, Bill Pullman by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com

"And he was well worth the wait." That's the word from Law & Order: SVU executive producer Neal Baer, announcing the casting of Bill Pullman ( Independence Day) as the new (and lucky!) guy in Benson's life.

According to People, Pullman's character, Kurt Moss, is the editor of a fictional New York City newspaper, and first will be seen in the April 22 episode, the procedural's second post-strike outing.

Mariska Hargitay is sure to be pleased. As she shared with TV Guide just last week, "I've been begging Neal for five years to give me a boyfriend!"