Sep 12,2014

Spoiler Room: Scoop on ‘SVU,’

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How is Liv handling motherhood on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? — Sarah
Well, it won’t be easy raising baby Noah since the cartel that murdered Noah’s birth mother sets their sights on killing anyone and everyone connected to the case, including Benson and her new bundle of joy. Liv will actually find help from detective-turned-beat cop Amaro, who puts himself in danger by going undercover in the hopes of making his way back to SVU.

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Sep 12,2014

16×2 “American Disgrace” Episode Synopsis

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10/01/2014 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : BARBA (RAUL ESPARZA) TRIES A PRO BASKETBALL STAR ON SERIAL RAPE CHARGES

Basketball superstar Shakir “The Shark” Wilkins (guest star Henry Simmons) announces his partnership with the Orion Bay clothing line, owned by billionaire Orion Bauer (guest star Stacy Keach) and his daughter Cordelia (guest star Teri Polo). But the SVU intervenes when Orion press rep Carla Cannon (guest star Kelley Missal) tells reporters she was raped by Wilkins. When more women come forward, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Detective Carisi (guest star Peter Scanavino) disagree on the authenticity of each woman’s story, and Barba (Raul Esparza) takes a shaky case to court. Meanwhile, the case takes Rollins (Kelli Giddish) to her former precinct in Atlanta, where ex-colleagues bring up old memories. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola). Also guest starring Elizabeth Marvel (Counselor Rita Calhoun), Lakisha May (Tiana), Patricia Noonan (Macie-Lynn), Myk Watford (Captain Sam Reynolds) and Sandy Duncan (Judge Virginia Farrell).



Sep 12,2014

Why Mariska Hargitay Is Even More in Love With Law and Order: SVU 16 Years Later

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Mariska Hargitay has been put through hell on Law & Order: SVU. As Olivia Benson, the heart of the series, she’s been shot at, stabbed, kidnapped, tortured, come thisclose to being sexually assaulted and lived to tell the tales.

As season 16 rolls up, Hargitay—who has been with the show since its start and is first to admit she never thought that 16 years later she’d still be on the beat as Benson—is even more in love with the character and her job.

“I love her more now than ever…I love her because I am challenged by her,” Hargitay told reporters on set of Law & Order: SVU. “I never know what’s going to happen. She surprises me. [Warren Leight, showrunner] surprises me. This character has evolved, which is the most exciting part of it. I feel in many ways she’s a new character because she’s gone through so much that has truly transformed her.”

Thank William Lewis, played by Pablo Schreiber, for that. “This dark thing that happened changed her, and now she’s been given this gift of light, love and possibility. It’s something that fills her so deeply and yet scares her beyond fear,” she said, referring to the character’s foster son, Noah. “They say when you’re a parent, your heart goes from inside to outside. She’s just trying to figure it out and I’ve got all these new notes to play. The show has a different tone in a way and it just feels new. After last year, which in many ways I felt like we kind of peaked and now I feel like we haven’t…”

After you kidnap, torture and then send the character through rounds of therapy, what is there to do? That’s the question Leight had to ask himself.

“You can’t kidnap her again,” he said.

“I mean, you could, but we’d get canceled!” Hargitay joked.

“You could probably get away with it for two years, but it’s too cheesy. Right? Someone’s gone through that, she did have a good therapist, portrayed by Bill Irwin, and in a way that changed her, but also brought her some closure, some understanding of why she spent her whole life rescuing girls—she was rescuing herself,” Leight said. “And she ends up putting herself back in danger and rescues another young girl and gets the Beast out of the way, but that Beast was a lifelong beast in some ways. Now she’s…”

“Evolved,” Hargitay, who will step behind the camera again to direct a midseason episode of SVU, said. And the evolution of Benson continues in season 16. Despite what some fans may feel, those who bring that character to life have welcomed it.

“Sometimes the rule in TV is people aren’t supposed to change. The Beverly Hillbillies are The Beverly Hillbillies…the sheriff is the sheriff,” Leight said. “When I came in they were like, ‘Don’t touch the formula.’ I don’t think that’s interesting for an actor. And since what you are at one age is different from what you are at the next age, if you don’t change you’re actually stuck. And stuck is not interesting.”

“On or off the screen,” Hargitay said.

Since Leight took over SVU beginning in season 13, Benson started to date, she had boyfriends, she lived with Cassidy (Dean Winters) and now she has a baby. “I think the audience wants to see her evolve. I think it’s more interesting than seeing her be the same person week in and week out,” he said.

For Hargitay, Benson’s evolution provides hope.

“Olivia’s journey in so many ways is true hope…It’s what we pursue, so if we grow, new doors open for us. Because she did, it’s the reward of the universe in many ways. She went through the fire and there was light at the end of the tunnel with new challenges, obviously, but it’s exciting to be on a new journey. And because of that, the show feels so new and the character feels so new to me,” she said. “There’s nothing old about it, it’s all new issues, it’s new challenges, it’s new relationships with each person because of what [Benson has] going on in the life, which I never had. Even with [Benson's] boyfriend, work was first. Always first. With this life in front of [her], nothing [else] is first, yet [her] instinct is work is first, [her] instinct is ‘Justice. What do I need to do?’ [Benson's] instinct is to get it done and yet now [she] has new instincts that are like new shoes. It’s kind of unwieldy…[it's a] new line.”

Law & Order: SVU season 16 premieres Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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Sep 09,2014

Mega Buzz: SVU’s New Addition

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What can you say about SVU’s new addition? I’m going to miss Amaro! — Lindsey
Never fear: Amaro will still play a big role in the first case of the season, despite — or perhaps because of — his new role as a beat cop. But back at the SVU squad room, Olivia will have a tough time dealing with the rough-around-the-edges Det. Sonny Carisi. If his questionable prior SVU experience doesn’t raise red flags, Carisi’s personal investigative style certainly will. Let’s just say the rest of the squad does not approve.

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Sep 05,2014

Law & Order: SVU: Peter Gallagher Cops Recurring Role in Season 16

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O.C. patriarch-turned-Covert Affairs honcho Peter Gallagher is joining Law & Order: SVU‘s upcoming 16th season in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.

He will play Deputy Chief William Dodds, the charismatic and tough-as-nails boss who oversees all of the special victims units in New York City. He demands respect and hard work from the commanders that answer to him, and is used to getting it.

“I’ve wanted to write for and work with Peter Gallagher since…forever,” enthused SVU showrunner Warren Leight. “He’s an actor’s actor — deft with text and subtext; emotion and intellect. Like everyone else in our cast, he’s also a great singer. We’re all thrilled that this long into the show’s run, actors of his quality want to do an arc on SVU.”

SVU returns Wednesday, September 24 at 9/8c on NBC.

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Sep 04,2014

16×1 “Girls Disappeared” Episode Synopsis

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09/24/2014 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : IN THE 16TH SEASON PREMIERE, THE SVU TAKES ON A DANGEROUS PROSTITUTION RING TO FIND ELLIE PORTER’S KILLERS. STARRING MARISKA HARGITAY, ICE-T, DANNY PINO, KELLI GIDDISH AND RAUL ESPARZA.

In the season 16 premiere, Sergeant Benson (Hargitay) juggles work and her new role as foster mother to baby Noah Porter. Amaro (Pino), now working the traffic beat in Queens, arrests an underage prostitute with connections to Noah’s mother Ellie, who was “greenlit” by her pimp and brutally murdered. Amaro’s undercover work sets off a chain of events that puts everyone connected to the case – even baby Noah – in danger. Meanwhile, a new detective assigned to Manhattan SVU (guest star Peter Scanavino) starts off on the wrong foot. Also guest starring Lobo Sebastian (Joaquin Menendez), Manny Perez (Angel Perez), Alexa Mansour (Luna Garcia), Laura Gomez (Selena Cruz), Lenny Venito (John Gatto), Gavin-Keith Umeh (Little Tino) and Bronwyn Reed (Lucy).