Mariska Hargitay and Harry Connick Jr. Mariska Hargitay and Harry Connick Jr.

It's been a rough year for Det. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. First, her team's squad room was showered with bullets by a distraught victim in the Season 12 finale. And then her longtime partner, Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) unexpectedly left the force at the beginning of this season.

Luckily, things are looking up for Benson — particularly when it comes to her love life. In Wednesday's episode, airing at 10/9c on NBC, Benson will see sparks when she is assigned to work with Executive Assistant District Attorney David Haden (guest star Harry Connick Jr. in his first of four episodes).

Law & Order: SVU scoop: Harry Connick Jr. to play Benson's new love interest

"What I do like about him is he seems to be a guy who's interested in the truth," Connick Jr. says of Haden. "He seems to be a good guy who's genuinely interested in upholding the law ... and a guy who's looking to do the right thing."

Get a first look at Connick Jr.'s first episode here:

LAW & ORDER: SVU's Harry Connick Jr. talks about joining the series

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