Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Hot Topics: Can TV Still Tackle Real Issues?

Anna Faris and Sadie Calvano

Just two seasons in, the CBS sitcom Mom has already tackled some not-immediately-funny issues, including alcoholism, gambling, homelessness, and cancer. Even star Anna Faris admits she was shocked when her character's teen daughter turned up pregnant in the second episode.

"I thought it was a joke," says the actress, who plays Christy, a young mother struggling with sobriety. "I couldn't believe that so early on we would go down that road. We put a lot of trust in our viewers."

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Ask Matt: Elementary, Selfie's Fallen Star, Murder, Sleepy Hollow, Sons of Anarchy, and More

Ophelia Lovibond, Jonny Lee Miller

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I've been a fan of Elementary, and I really liked the story arc last season with Rhys Ifans playing Mycroft. His involvement with Watson, moving to New York, opening the restaurant, concealing from everyone that he was MI6: The whole season seemed to give a fresh twist to the Sherlock history and move it forward. This season, however, with Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond), I'm not getting what the writers are doing. I think she's beyond boring, probably because she has no real reason to be there, and she's splintering the energy I used to feel between Sherlock and Watson, and each of them to Bell and Gregson. None of the episodes this year has grabbed me. Is it just me? Do they have a story arc buried in there someplace I can't see? I'd rather they go back to a crime-of-the-week if they can't do better than this. I love your column, by the way! I can't believe how long it took me to find it, but now I never miss it. — Kay

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Ex-NBC Employee: “Covering Up” for Bill Cosby Forced Me to Quit

Bill Cosby

A former NBC employee has come forward to say that years of "covering up" for Bill Cosby eventually made him quit his job.

Frank Scotti tells the New York Daily News that he was essentially Cosby's yes-man — standing guard outside the comedian's dressing room while he brought young models in, paying off women in exchange for their silence, and even securing a second apartment for Cosby's exploits.

"I did a lot of crazy things for him," Scotti, 90, told the Daily News. "He was covering himself by having my name on it. It was a coverup. I realized it later."

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Mega Buzz: The Mentalist's Coupling, Parks and Rec's New Reality and a Homeland Standoff

Simon Baker, Amy Poehler, Mandy Patinkin

Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Do you have anything on The Mentalist's premiere episode you can share? — Shena, via Twitter
After their big kiss at the end of last season, Lisbon and Jane are fully immersed in their honeymoon period when the season begins. But when they're called back to work to investigate the murder of an undercover FBI agent, they have to figure out how (or if) to break the news of their relationship to their colleagues. Lisbon, for one, wants to keep the romance under wraps — which Jane is willing go along with. Or at least he is until Lisbon's ex Pike comes back in the picture.

How will Leslie and Ben be different when Parks and Recreation returns? — Eddie
Other than the obvious — aka being parents to three kids — and the ridiculous — "We're just inventing stupid 2017 technology," Amy Poehler jokes —  viewers should keep their eyes peeled for small, Easter egg-like nods to things that have changed.... read more

Mega Buzz: Parenthood's End, More Frozen on Once and Loyalty on Walking Dead

Craig T. Nelson, Elizabeth Mitchell, Andrew Lincoln

Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Parenthood 
is almost over! What can you tease about the show's final episodes? — Raquel

Have the Kleenex at the ready for the 100th episode! "It's going to be a particularly emotional episode... [that] deals with Zeek's health," executive producer Jason Katims says. "It's an unusual episode in that it's a more compressed time frame than most of our episodes. It probably happens over 24 hours. It really is the beginning of the final movement of the series. ...  It's hopefully what will be a juggernaut toward the ending of the show."

Any scoop on Sunday's two-hour episode of Once Upon a Time? — Deirdre
Here's a tidbit: "Elsa and Anna get to work together back in Arendelle," Elizabeth Lail reveals... read more

Chicago Fire, SVU and Chicago P.D. Join Forces for "Disturbing" Three-Part Crossover Event

Kelli Giddish, Sophia Bush, Mariska Hargitay, Jason Beghe

For Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., crossovers are old hat. The two Dick Wolf-produced series share story lines, characters and even the same neighborhood watering hole on a nearly weekly basis. But when Law & Order: SVU executive producer Warren Leight got the call from... read more

NBC Announces Fall Finale Dates for The Blacklist, Parenthood and More

Parenthood, Blacklist

NBC has announced the midseason finale dates for The BlacklistParenthoodand more.

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Exclusive: Law & Order: SVU Casts Harry Hamlin as Rollins' Former Boss

Harry Hamlin, Kelli Giddish

Rollins is getting another blast from her past on Law & Order: SVU!

The NBC drama has cast Mad Men's Harry Hamlin as... read more

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Watch a First Look at the Chicago Fire-SVU-Chicago P.D. Crossover

Sophia Bush and Taylor Kinney

Crossovers are a frequent occurrence on Chicago Fire and its spin-off, Chicago P.D., but now Law & Order: SVU wants to get in on the action.

Next week marks the first three-way crossover between all three Dick Wolf-produced series, and TVGuide.com has an exclusive first look at... read more

Mega Buzz: The Castle Wedding, Five-0's 100th Episode, and an Orange Baby

Nathan Fillion, Alex O'Loughlin, Matt McGorry

Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What can you tell me about the Castle wedding? I can't wait! — Jenna
Owing to the complex story that precedes the nuptials — Castle experiences an alternate reality in which he's never met Beckett — the ceremony itself had to be scaled back considerably. "We came very close to doing the other version of the big wedding... and all the hoopla that's associated with that, and we knew that we didn't want to do quite the same thing," executive producer David Amann tells us. However, don't think that Castle's rush to the altar will scare Beckett — or make the moment any less magical. "[Beckett] doesn't necessarily know quite what has driven him to this point, but she's emotionally right there with him," Amann says. "It's a wonderful, wonderful moment, and we hope the fans share that view."

Can you give me any details on the 100th episode of Hawaii Five-0? — Brandon
As promised, the episode, which offers a glimpse of what McGarrett's life could have been without Five-0, (finally) gives some concrete answers about exactly how Wo Fat is connected to McGarrett and his mother.... read more

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Premiered: September 20, 1999, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Sexual assaults, domestic disputes and kidnappings are often the primary focus of this crime show, which follows New York City detectives working in a specialized division within the police department. The first spin-off of "Law & Order," this series has featured many high-profile guest stars. Richard Belzer brought his character from "Homicide: Life on the Street," Det. John Munch, to the show after the cancellation of the Baltimore-based series.

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