Law & Order: Special Victims Unit News





Prediction: Law & Order: SVU’s Olivia Benson Will Be One Badass TV Mom This Season

September 7th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Prediction: Law & Order: SVU’s Olivia Benson Will Be One Badass
A baby can change your life – or in the case of ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ it can breath new life into a series that is entering its sixteenth season.

Used to be, the show’s biggest difference from year to year was the hair color and cut of “Olivia Benson” (Mariska Hargitay). But on September 24th, the new acting commander will be pulling double duty as the court-appointed custodial guardian of “Noah Porter,” the baby who was orphaned at the end of last season.

For the trial period of one year, she will join the ranks of New York City mothers; and although we’re a tough bunch (I’ve been one for ...
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Call 911: Cop Shows Have Officially Taken A Turn For The Absurd

August 3rd, 2014 12:25pm EDT
Call 911: Cop Shows Have Officially Taken A Turn For The Absurd
Who’s solving crime on television these days?

On one hand we’ve got “Detectives Olivia Benson” (Mariska Hargitay) and “Fin Tutuola” (Ice-T) careening up, siren blaring with the red light spinning on top of the car; the ubiquitous ‘Blue Bloods’ clan; the squads from ‘Rookie Blue’, ‘Major Crimes’, ‘Hawaii Five-0’, ‘Longmire’ and ‘Chicago PD’; plus those two from ‘Motive’, not to be confused with the other two from ‘The Bridge’ or ‘The Killing’ or ‘Murder In The First’.

What they all have in common is that, at least in these procedural dramas, all the characters are “on the job.” The down si...
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Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV: A User’s Guide

July 28th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV:
As a born and bred New Yorker, I’m drawn to shows about my city, taking comfort in the familiar sights and settings; yet I often find myself asking, “Did the writers of some of these shows ever step foot in Manhattan?”

I can shake off the inconsistencies, but I sometimes wonder about all the people saving their babysitting and paper route money hoping to someday move to the Big Apple hoping to mirror the glamorous life seen on the small screen.

Hence, a guide to separating fact from fiction:

‘Smash’ only lasted two seasons, but it was long enough to get your hopes up that moving here wo...
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The Top 10 Television Lawyers

June 10th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
The Top 10 Television Lawyers
In honor of the return of Suits - which features Harvey Specter, the best attorney currently practicing on television - we're recognizing our Top 10 Television Lawyers. Legal dramas are a staple on the small screen, and they've given us some fantastic litigators over the years.

Our list has only two criteria for inclusion: 1) That the character must be a practicing lawyer. No characters who just have law degrees, retired lawyers, or ex-lawyers. During the run of their show, we have to have seen them in the courtroom.

2) The characters are ranked by who we'd most want to represent us in co...
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Jonathan Silverman Tackles A Bold Role In Tonight's 'Law & Order: SVU'

February 26th, 2014 4:02pm EST
Jonathan Silverman Tackles A Bold Role In Tonight's 'Law & Order
Jonathan Silverman is an immensely likeable actor, and as far as we know, a pretty darn good person in real life, too. Which makes it so deliciously strange that he's playing a rapist in tonight's episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Jonathan joined BFTV on Monday to discuss his SVU character, comic Josh Galloway, and what it's like for him to turn bad.

How did he get the part? "First of all, [SVU showrunner] Warren Leight is a God in my eyes and he knows I would do anything to work with him again. I was lucky enough to be in the West Coast premiere of his wonderful play Glimmer, ...
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Thomas Sadoski Guests On Tonight's 'Law & Order: SVU'

November 20th, 2013 2:09pm EST
Thomas Sadoski
You'll want to tune in to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit tonight, as the episode boasts an appearance by The Newsroom's secret weapon, Thomas Sadoski.

In "Rapist Anonymous," the Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner guest stars as Nate Davis, SVU detective Amanda Rollins' (Kelli Giddish) Gamblers Anonymous sponsor. Nate introduces Rollins to Lena Olson (guest star Amy Seimetz, The Killing); he's also Lena's sponsor, but in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Lena later accuses her boyfriend of rape, turning to Rollins for help. The subsequent investigation uncovers a "dangerous love triangle," es...
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Richard Belzer Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU' As Series Regular

October 10th, 2013 2:40pm EDT
Richard Belzer Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU' As Series Regular
After 15 seasons and more than 300 episodes, Richard Belzer is leaving "Law & Order: SVU" as a series regular. A spokesman has confirmed that the actor is stepping down from the long-running NBC procedural drama.

Belcher, 69, has been playing the character of John Munch for more than 20 years. He has made a staggering 450 appearances as the police detective.

On the Wed., Oct. 9, episode of "SVU," Munch handed in his retirement papers. The Oct. 16 episode will feature his retirement party.

The good news is that Belcher isn't leaving the show permanently. He will make recurring appearance...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On NBC

September 5th, 2013 3:15pm EDT
Chicago Fire
I documented NBC's woes last week. Other bloggers and critics have documented NBC's woes. The network's like a kid that's get picked on, and then the sweetest mother in the world tries to help that child fit in and feel included. There isn't the sweetest mother blogger. Anyone writing about NBC anywhere is piling on. I'm sort of excited for the day The CW beats NBC. It'll probably never happen.

CHICAGO FIRE returns on Tuesday, September 24 at 10PM

Treat Williams WILL return for season two. There's baby drama for Lauren German's character. Lauren German and Treat Williams are enough for me...
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Mike Tyson Facing Protests Over 'Law & Order: SVU' Role

January 29th, 2013 7:05pm EST
Mike Tyson
Activists have set up a petition urging TV bosses to drop convicted rapist Mike Tyson from an upcoming episode of crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The former boxer has landed a cameo role in a new episode of the cop show, playing a murderer with a murky past, but the casting has infuriated campaigners against sexual violence.

The series often features storylines about sex crimes, and activists claim producers should have avoided casting Tyson because of his 1992 rape conviction.

A petition urging show bosses to drop Tyson has been set up on the Change.org website and has...
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Dave Navarro To Guest Star On 'Law & Order: SVU'

January 29th, 2013 2:55pm EST
Dave Navarro
Rocker Dave Navarro is heading from the stage to the small screen after landing a role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The Jane's Addiction guitarist will make a guest appearance in the hit crime drama playing a sound engineer named Ferrari.

According to TVGuide.com, Navarro's character witnesses a crime but refuses to talk to authorities in the upcoming episode, entitled Funny Valentine.

Navarro took to his Twitter.com page on Monday and hinted about shooting scenes with Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson, writing, "On my way to NYC to han...
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'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Review: 'Lost Reputation/Above Suspicion' (14.01/14.02)

September 27th, 2012 9:00am EDT
Law & Order: SVU
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit got a shot in the arm last season with its major cast turnover, finishing one chapter and starting a new one. How does the show keep its momentum? By bringing in a pair of top-tier guest stars in Adam Baldwin and Paget Brewster, keeping Dean Winters around, and giving more attention to Dann Florek. It all adds up to the start of an intriguing season for SVU.

Picking up where the thirteenth-season finale left off, Special Victims Unit boss Captain Cragen (Florek) has woken up with a dead woman in his bed - the witness who previously approached Dete...
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2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...
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NBC Hopes More Comedies, Expanded 'Voice' Will Help Turn Around The Network

May 14th, 2012 9:35am EDT
Matthew Perry Go On
Yesterday NBC announced its 2012-13 primetime schedule, which includes several new comedies and a few more dramas.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, explained, "We've taken a few first steps toward a turnaround over this past season and now we're seeing a real opportunity to accelerate that process. We've got a lineup of new shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice.

"And with the Olympics coming this summer and two nights of 'The Voice' in the fall, we've also got the tools we need to give our shows the kind of launch they deserve."

Highlights include a...
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Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About 'Devastating' Failed Adoption

April 4th, 2012 1:16pm EDT
Mariska Hargitay
Actress Mariska Hargitay has told of her devastation after losing out on an adoption when the baby's mother changed her mind.

The Law & Order: SVU star had finalized an adoption plan with a woman who wanted to give up her unborn child, and was even in the delivery room when the tot came into the world.

Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann parented the newborn for two days - only to be told the biological mom wanted the baby back.

She tells Good Housekeeping magazine, "It was nothing short of devastating. But... it was probably the greatest, happiest ending. I mean, it was so painful ...
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Q&A: Meet 'Mike & Molly' Star Nyambi Nyambi

February 27th, 2012 11:00am EST
Nyambi Nyambi
On the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, he's the sharp-witted Samuel...but don't let the fact that he plays a waiter fool you. Actor Nyambi Nyambi has a lot to say.

"The way I like to say it is I've been an actor all my life, but I never called it acting," the Oklahoma native tells me. "I was always cutting up. I'd make fun of our relatives that would come over. I was always doing the loud Nigerian, the quiet Nigerian. Doing skits from In Living Color [and] random impressions. That was how I liked to be around my family."

It wasn't until his senior year at Bucknell University, when he was giving ...
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Harry Connick Jr.'s New TV Role Gave Him The Chance To Act Like Dad

February 15th, 2012 8:25pm EST
Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. was thrilled to learn he'd be playing an assistant district attorney on TV cop show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - because the role gives him the chance to act like his dad.

The singer/actor's father, Harry Connick, Sr. was New Orleans' District Attorney for 30 years.

The proud son says, "This is my first gig that required me to know details about his job. I asked him a lot of questions."

His new TV character, David Haden, plays Law & Order: Special Victims Unit regular Mariska Hargitay's love interest, and he can only hope the character doesn't become a cheater - ...
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My 10 Celebrity Valentines For 2012

February 13th, 2012 11:00am EST
Adam Levine
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I don't have a valentine this year, but I'd like to give a few out to 10 celebs whose work I have particular affection for.

1. Adam Levine

My favorite The Voice coach is someone I'll always admire, and deservedly so: he has more hardware than a Home Depot. This past year alone, he and Maroon 5 scored their first American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and a Grammy nomination. I totally concur with my friend Jesse Blaze Snider, who referred to them as a band "with three near-perfect albums." (And a fourth on the way, reportedly due in June.)

Now,...
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Investigating 'Law & Order: SVU' Star Danny Pino

February 8th, 2012 4:09pm EST
Law & Order: SVU
Law & Order: SVU fans: you landed the best detective working in television.

After seven seasons as a major part of what made Cold Case a cult hit (one that's still talked about two years after its cancellation), Danny Pino has revitalized SVU in its thirteenth season. If anyone could fill the major void left by the departure of series star Christopher Meloni, it was Pino, who created a memorable character of his own in Cold Case's smart and often smart-mouthed Scotty Valens (and stepped in to replace a character on that series as well; current Grey's Anatomy star Justin Chambers had his ...
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Rosie Perez Settles Lawsuit With 'Law & Order: SVU' Producers

February 2nd, 2012 2:32pm EST
Rosie Perez
Actress Rosie Perez has settled her personal injury lawsuit with the producers of hit crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit after suffering an accident on set in 2009.

The actress sustained serious neck and back injuries and was forced to wear a brace after she was violently shaken by an extra while shooting an episode for the show.

She took legal action against production company bosses last year alleging their negligence was responsible for the stunt gone wrong.

She insisted they "recklessly and carelessly" failed to provide experienced personnel for the scene.

And earlier ...
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'The Help' Leads 2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

January 19th, 2012 2:40pm EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama The Help looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee Pariah, comedy Tower Heist, Jumping The Broom and The First Grader, while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

The Help co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, alon...
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Rooney Mara Softens Her Look At New York 'Dragon Tattoo' Premiere

December 15th, 2011 8:39am EST
Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara attended the "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" New York City premiere last night in a wispy black dress with her blunt bangs nowhere in sight. We think she looks sophisticated and less edgy than she did earlier this week at the world premiere in London.

The actress recently opened up about an embarrassing role she played on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in 2006.

She told Allure magazine, "It was so awful. So stupid. Me and my boyfriend - although I (didn't) look old enough to have a boyfriend - went and beat up these fat people, and at the end of the show you find out th...
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'Law & Order: SVU' Filming Shut Down After Occupy Protesters Storm Set

December 9th, 2011 2:23pm EST
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Police shut down production on New York-based crime series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Friday morning after Occupy Wall Street protesters stormed the set.

Crew and cast members were shooting an upcoming episode about the Occupy Wall Street movement just after midnight when over 100 angered activists arrived at Manhattan's Foley Square, where TV producers had erected a replica base camp to feature on the show, which stars Mariska Hargitay.

The disruption by demonstrators, who roamed the set and inspected the extras, signs and make-shift tents intended to mimic their previous cam...
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Mariska Hargitay Adopts Baby Boy

October 19th, 2011 11:20am EDT
Mariska Hargitay
Actress Mariska Hargitay has adopted a baby boy.

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star and her husband Peter Hermann brought home Andrew Nicolas just six months after adopting daughter Amaya.

Hargitay tells People magazine, "We knew we wanted to have more children. We thought, 'We should start planning now, since it will take a while.' We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly, but something inside of us knew that that was right, and we said yes, yes, yes! We're pinching ourselves. We're just taking in this blessing."

And the actress reveals the two childre...
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Jobless Charlie Sheen Is The Highest Paid Man On TV (See Who Else Made Big Bucks)

October 14th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen has been named the highest paid actor on TV, despite losing his job on "Two And A Half Men."

The star had a public fall-out with the show's creator Chuck Lorre earlier this year following months of bizarre behavior and he was eventually fired in March.

Ashton Kutcher took over the lead role in the hit show, but Sheen still managed to top Forbes.com's recent rich list.

Sheen pulled in earnings of $40 million, making him the highest paid TV actor between May, 2010, and May, 2011.

He is followed by Ray Romano, who earned $20 million for his now axed "Men of A Certain Age."

S...
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Ice-T Gets Out Of Jury Duty Because He's Ice-T

October 11th, 2011 9:45pm EDT
Ice-T
Rapper/actor Ice-T's celebrity status has been deemed a disruption in court - and scored him a jury duty pass.

The "Cop Killer" hitmaker received a summons to serve as a juror in an upcoming Los Angeles legal proceeding but he was dismissed before trial because fans couldn't concentrate when he was in court.

Ice-T says, "I don't like court, period. I'm on a court show, cop show, but in real life, no cops, no courts for Ice... So I went in there because once the courts send you a summons, you don't play with that.

"So I showed up and I did jury duty, well I kinda did jury duty. I went in ...
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Eva Longoria & Tina Fey Are The Highest Paid Ladies On Television

September 29th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Eva Longoria Desperate Housewives
Eva Longoria and Tina Fey have been named the highest-earning actresses in television.

The "Desperate Housewives" actress came top of a list of TV's best-paid female stars complied by Forbes magazine, tying the number one spot with "30 Rock" funnywoman Fey. The publication reports they earned $13 million each between May 2010 and May 2011.

Longoria's co-star Marcia Cross, who earned $10 million, came third in a tie with "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's" Marg Helgenberger.

Two more "Desperate Housewives" stars, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffma...
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Fall Review: 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

September 21st, 2011 10:00pm EDT
Law & Order: SVU
NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had a buzzworthy offseason, and tonight we got our first look at what one could term the 'new' SVU. Somewhat.

Headlines were made when star Christopher Meloni departed the long-running crime drama (although one could argue that it wasn't too shocking, as his dozen years of service were much longer than some entire shows go). It was later announced that his costar Mariska Hargitay was scaling back her commitment, and B.D. Wong left for a role on the new NBC series Awake.

With the moves, the rumblings began - with the axing of the mothership, failur...
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Q&A: 'Law & Order's' Linus Roache Makes A Welcome Return

September 21st, 2011 10:00am EDT
Linus Roache
Linus Roache was the best district attorney ever to have graced the courtrooms of Law & Order. Tonight he reprises his role as Michael Cutter in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiere - but before that, he was gracious enough to talk to me about stepping back into the franchise.

Roache's tenure began in 2008, when he joined the show amidst a significant cast shift. He left his mark immediately, bringing a startling intensity to the role of Cutter, a determined prosecutor whose zeal intimidated defendants and caused him to butt heads with his predecessor, newly minted Distric...
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'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

September 19th, 2011 7:41am EDT
Modern Family
Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...
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Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

September 6th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...
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