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Debra Messing, who cemented her comedic brilliance by winning the 2003 lead actress Emmy Award for her role as Grace Adler on NBC's Will & Grace, is returning to the network in a dramatic role. Debra has signed on for a February sweeps episode of Law & Order: SVU in a role that reminds me very much of CNN crime fighter Nancy Grace.

SVU executive producer Neal Baer describes Debra's character as a ballsy television journalist who sets out to nail pedophiles. Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) comes to her rescue when she's threatened by a stalker who may have been caught in one of her stings. "We're lucky to have her," says Baer of Debra.

And Debra may find luck with the part. When Baer previously brought on comedy legend Carol Burnett to play a rare dramatic role, she ended up with an Emmy nom. In addition to her one Emmy win, Messing has collected a whole mess of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role as Grace and as Molly Kagan on The Starter Wife. Looking forward to seeing this one!

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