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Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About 'Devastating' Failed Adoption

4/4/2012 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 ...

Q&A: Meet 'Mike & Molly' Star Nyambi Nyambi

2/27/2012 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 ...

Harry Connick Jr.'s New TV Role Gave Him The Chance To Act Like Dad

2/15/2012 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 - ...

My 10 Celebrity Valentines For 2012

2/13/2012 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.)


Investigating 'Law & Order: SVU' Star Danny Pino

2/8/2012 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 ...

Rosie Perez Settles Lawsuit With 'Law & Order: SVU' Producers

2/2/2012 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 ...

'The Help' Leads 2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

1/19/2012 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...

Rooney Mara Softens Her Look At New York 'Dragon Tattoo' Premiere

12/15/2011 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...

'Law & Order: SVU' Filming Shut Down After Occupy Protesters Storm Set

12/9/2011 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...

Mariska Hargitay Adopts Baby Boy

10/19/2011 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...

Jobless Charlie Sheen Is The Highest Paid Man On TV (See Who Else Made Big Bucks)

10/14/2011 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'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."


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

10/11/2011 9:45pm EDT
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 ...

Eva Longoria & Tina Fey Are The Highest Paid Ladies On Television

9/29/2011 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...

Fall Review: 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

9/21/2011 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...

Q&A: 'Law & Order's' Linus Roache Makes A Welcome Return

9/21/2011 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...

'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

9/19/2011 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...

Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

9/6/2011 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...

Maria Bello Hosts Fundraiser For Haiti's Earthquake Survivors

7/19/2011 11:44am EDT
Maria Bello
Maria Bello's famous friends helped raise thousands of dollars for aid efforts in Haiti by attending the actress' star-studded charity gala in New York over the weekend.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor star hosted the Hamptons for Haiti fundraiser at the Ross School in East Hampton, New York on Sunday in aid of her We Advance organization, which helps Haiti's earthquake survivors.

Patricia Arquette, Liev Schreiber and Mariska Hargitay all turned out for the event, which featured an auction with prizes including a visit to the set of Bello's TV show Prime Suspect and a trip to Hait...

B.D. Wong Quits 'Law & Order: SVU'

7/18/2011 11:01pm EDT
B.D. Wong
Acclaimed TV cop drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has lost another star - B.D. Wong has quit the show to play a psychiatrist on a new series.

Wong, who has played Dr. George Huang on the Law & Order spin-off for the past 11 years, took to over the weekend to announce his departure.

He wrote, "I actually do not return for season 13 of @nbcsvu #SVU! i am jumping to @nbcAwake #Awake!"

The news comes less than a month after actor Christopher Meloni announced he would be hanging up his TV cop badge after 12 years on the show.

Like Meloni, Wong appears to be leaving the sho...

Jennifer Love Hewitt Steps Out Without Make-Up In Sweat Pants & Silly T-Shirt

7/15/2011 10:00am EDT
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt, wearing no make-up, tried to hide her face while out and about in Studio City, California, yesterday.

Earlier this month we spotted the actress at the "Horrible Bosses" premiere in Los Angeles with more curves than usual. Check out the photos HERE!

Jennifer was reportedly up for a lead role on Law And Order: Special Victims Unit but that fell through.

'Mad Men' And 'Mildred Pierce' Lead 2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations (See List)

7/14/2011 10:19am EDT
Mad Men
Hit drama Mad Men looks set to dominate the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards after scoring 19 nominations, including Best Drama.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Laurie (House) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law).

The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a closely-fought affair - Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Friday Night Ligh...

Jennifer Love Hewitt Is Starting To Look Like Kim Kardashian

7/1/2011 12:00pm EDT
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt looked curvy in a cranberry colored dress at the "Horrible Bosses" Los Angeles premiere yesterday. Is it just us, or is she starting to look like Kim Kardashian? See more photos below, and let us know.

She was recently voted the worst film actress since 1985 in a new survey due to to her terrible turns in the horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel, the Garfield films and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

Hewitt was a strong contender to assume the new female lead role on "Law & Order: SVU" for the 13th season, but that fell through.

Who Aced The 2010-11 TV Season? (Hint: It's Not NBC)

6/4/2011 3:30pm EDT
The Voice
The 2010-2011 TV season is officially over. The ratings are in. If there is one surprise, it’s that last year’s top five shows were all up in viewers this year. With hefty viewer erosion in recent years, that’s nothing short of a miracle.

Most other veteran shows, however, saw a drop-off in viewers. There are some exceptions, however, such as ‘Modern Family,’ which saw very healthy ratings in its second year, particularly in the 18-49 demo.

The stats didn’t change much from last year. CBS won the season in total viewers with 11.6 million. It’s the eighth time in nine years the netwo...

Christopher Meloni Quits 'Law And Order: SVU'?

5/25/2011 11:29am EDT
Christopher Meloni
Christopher Meloni has reportedly quit his role in hit cop drama Law And Order: Special Victims Unit after 12 years on air.

The actor, who plays Detective Elliot Stabler opposite Mariska Hargitay in the long-running series, is said to have dropped out of the show's upcoming 13th season after negotiations with TV bosses broke down, according to

The website reports series creator Dick Wolf is now searching for a suitable replacement, while Hargitay is expected to return for series 13.

Hargitay, who recently adopted a baby girl, is expected to cut back her role in upcoming ep...

Rosie Perez Sues 'Law & Order: SVU' Producers

5/19/2011 8:48am EDT
Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez is suing producers behind Law & Order: SVU after suffering an injury on the set of the TV crime drama in 2009.

The actress claims production company bosses' negligence led to her sustaining a herniated disc that required two surgeries after an extra physically shook her while shooting a scene for the show.

Perez's lawsuit, filed at Brooklyn Supreme Court in New York, accuses Northern Entertainment Productions and DDF Films of "recklessly and carelessly failing to provide skilled performers or experienced stunt personnel."

Her lawyer Brian O'Dwyer tells the New York Daily N...

NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

5/16/2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...

What To Watch: Viewers Finally Learn Which ‘Glee’ Cast Member They Will Say Goodbye To Forever (May 15-21, 2011)

5/15/2011 11:15am EDT
The number one thing you need to watch this week is “Glee” because after months of speculation, viewers will finally find out which cast member they will say goodbye to forever. That’s right; in case you haven’t heard, one of McKinley High’s own will face an unexpected loss. Cast and crew have been tight-lipped about who is dying, but viewer guesses include Sue’s sister, Puck and Quinn’s daughter, or Kurt’s dad. Of course, this doesn’t mean it couldn’t be one of the regular cast members; ugh, I cringed at the thought!

‘Amazing Race; Unfinished Business’ wraps up with $1 million winner, ent...

Ice-T & Wife Coco Land Their Own Reality Show, 'Ice Loves Coco'

4/25/2011 11:33am EDT
Ice T And Coco Austin
Rapper/actor Ice-T has signed up to star in a new reality TV show with his wife Nicole 'Coco' Austin.

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star and his partner will be the focus of Ice Loves Coco, which will follow their life together as a "very traditional couple, wrapped in a very non-traditional package," as well as Coco's new endeavors in her modeling/acting career.

A representative for Ice-T tells, "He feels it is time for his buxom and bootylicious bride, Coco, to take her career to the next level and he is there to support her every step of the way."

Ice Loves Co...

Christopher Meloni Speaks Out For Gay Marriage

4/13/2011 11:25am EDT
Christopher Meloni
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Christopher Meloni has joined the fight for gay rights in New York by filming a public service announcement (PSA) supporting same-sex marriage.

The actor, who plays a tough-talking detective in the hit cop drama, shows his softer side as he is seen talking about love in the video clip, which backs the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) New Yorkers for Marriage Equality drive.

He says, "I believe in love, in family and in fairness. That's why I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality. Already, five states and the District of Columbia have marriage equality....

Mariska Hargitay Adopts Baby Girl

4/7/2011 8:56am EDT
Mariska Hargitay
Actress Mariska Hargitay has spoken of her delight after adopting a baby girl.

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star and her actor husband Peter Hermann have welcomed American-born Amaya Josephine into their family.

She tells, "I'm deliriously happy. From the minute she was born, she was just surprisingly alert and so full of love. We were considering both international and domestic adoption and we're thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered. We talked a lot about mixed-race adoptions, and we are very excited that we are now a multi-racial family. We're ju...