"I found out that Debra Messing was interested in coming onto the show. She and Mariska Hargitay are good friends. ... She didn't really know what she wanted to do and I didn't really have a story for her," associate producer and consultant Judy McCreary says. "All of a sudden it clicked, and I said 'What if we did a take on Chris Hansen, who hosts To Catch a Predator? And that's how the show was born."
In the episode, airing Wednesday at 10/9c on NBC, Messing plays a journalist who Benson (Hargitay) must rescue when she's threatened by a stalker from a past sting.
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