11/18/2015 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : Lt. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) seeks justice in the trial of child abductor Lewis Hodda (returning guest star Tom Sizemore), but when a plea deal is rejected, Barba (Raúl Esparza) must rely on decades-old evidence to make his case and faces off against former SVU colleague Dr. Huang (guest star BD Wong). Also starring Ice T, Kelli Giddish and Peter Scanavino. Also guest starring Robin Weigert, Alex Karpovsky, Liza Colon-Zayas, Mili Avital and Jenna Wolfe.
11/11/2015 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : The hunt for a missing teenage girl takes an emotional toll on Sgt. Dodds (Andy Karl), and DNA evidence becomes a crucial lead in finding the girl’s abductor. Starring Mariska Hargitay, Ice T and Peter Scanavino. Guest starring Tamara Tunie, Brian Avers, Jonathan Judge-Russo, Nick Cordero, Carolee Carmello and Ali Wentworth.
The doctor will be in once again this season on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
B.D. Wong will reprise his role as psychiatrist Dr. George Huang on an episode scheduled to air this November, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. The episode returns to the case from the show’s 300th episode, in which Benson (Mariska Hargitay) solved a child abduction that had haunted her for more than a decade.
In the new episode, the perp, Lewis Hodda (guest star Tom Sizemore), is finally going on trial after dozens of delays. During the proceedings, Dr. Huang is called on to testify, but there’s just one wrinkle: He’s called as a witness for the defense.
Wong was a recurring guest star on SVU’s second and third seasons before becoming a series regular for Seasons 4-12. He has made a few guest appearances since then, most recently in the Season 15 episode, “Thought Criminal,” in 2014. Since leaving SVU, Wong starred on the short-lived Awake and most recently played a pivotal guest spot on USA’s summer breakout Mr. Robot.
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
11/04/2015 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : The SVU investigates an unraveling web of secrets when the virtuous 13 year-old daughter of a famous reality TV family discovers she’s pregnant. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Benson), Ice T (Det. Tutuola), Kelli Giddish (Det. Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Carisi). Guest starring Andy Karl (Sgt. Mike Dodds), Ryan Devlin (Pastor Eldon), Geneva Carr (Pam Baker), Christopher Sieber (Frank Baker), Victoria Leigh (Lane Baker) and Chris Elliott (Pete Matthews).
10/21/2015 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : ROLLINS’ FAMILY IS ENTANGLED IN A RAPE CASE. VIRGINIA MADSEN GUEST STARS.
Rollins’ (Kelli Giddish) mother Beth (Madsen) throws her a baby shower while the SVU reports to a four-star hotel where a famous violinist was raped by her colleague, Anton Krasnikov (guest star Zach McGowan). With no memory of the crime, Anton claims a hired escort drugged and robbed him, and evidence leads to the shocking return of Rollins’ fugitive sister Kim (guest star Lindsay Pulsipher). Meanwhile, Sgt. Mike Dodds (guest star Andy Karl) arrives for his first day at SVU. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest-starring Wass Stevens (Slice), Peter Gallagher (Deputy Chief Dodds) and Elizabeth A. Davis (Alessandra Bay).
10/14/2015 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : THE NYPD FALLS UNDER SEIGE AFTER THE SHOOTING OF AN UNARMED BLACK MAN
In the pursuit of an SVU rape suspect, detectives from another precinct shoot and kill an unarmed black man. As racial tensions rise in the city, Barba (Raúl Esparza) is tasked to indict three officers who claim they had no choice but to follow police procedure. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Sgt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Guest starring Scott William Winters (Det. Robert “Doom” Dumas), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Capt. Reese), Dashiell Eaves (Sgt. Kevin Donlan), Josh Pais (Hank Abraham), Daveed Diggs (Louis Henderson), Robert John Burke (Sgt. Tucker), Caris Vujcec (Det. Louise Campesi), Leslie Odom Jr. (Reverend Curtis Scott) and Michael Potts (Sgt. Draper).
Seventeen years in and Law & Order: SVU is doing something it’s never done before when it writes in Kelli Giddish’s real-life pregnancy in as the character’s pregnancy. Yup, no character has never been pregnant before.
“[Mariska Hargitay] had somebody come in…I looked it up—I looked up when I first got pregnant what other TV shows did and…I guess on The X-Files, she went away. She got abducted by aliens,” Giddish said with a laugh. “So I was like, ‘That can’t happen on SVU. Can’t pitch that idea.'”
So Giddish’s Amanda Rollins, a dedicated detective with a gambling addiction that has caused her quite a few problems, will be pregnant. “I feel so comfortable in their hands,” Giddish said of the writers.
Rollins learned she was pregnant in the two-hour season 17 premiere. Dallas Roberts’ Dr. Yates said he smells it, the pregnancy, on her. “It’s creepy, right?” Giddish said. Last season, her character revealed she was a survivor of sexual assault and took some time off. With the gambling addiction and her haunted past, Rollins has had quite a journey, the baby is just another leg.
“Well, now she’s got another challenge. This one is more natural, or better, I guess, than the gambling addiction,” she said. “What’s going to be really fun is getting to see who the father is—I do know. I got to pick…I kind of did, yeah. I was like, it can’t be Danny [Pino], that would mean he would have three baby mamas. He’s got two kids from two different mamas!”
In the premiere, Rollins tells Benson her mom will come to town, along with her troubled sister. Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen will play her mother in episode six of the season. Will the pregnancy sideline Rollins? Eventually, Benson told her in the premiere.
“Look, I know you’re going to fight me on this, but as soon as the department hears, they’re going to put you on restricted duty,” Benson told Rollins.
“Can we wait to tell them? I just want to work until the last minute,” Rollins asked.
“I know what a hard worker you are. That’s a really good thing because being a single mom is, is not easy,” Benson said.
“Well, I may not be on my own. My mom, actually, might move up to New York,” Rollins revealed.
“Good! Good. I want you to know I’m really happy for you. If you want or need to talk about anything, I’m here,” Benson said.
Hargitay’s Benson recently became a single mom to baby Noah, officially adopting her foster son at the end of season 16. The two women, who have had their differences before, have formed a tighter bond, something Giddish said she’s “absolutely” looking forward to exploring. “Two women don’t always have to be at each others throats. They can get along every now and then,” she said.
And there’s been more bonding going on off-screen too. Giddish revealed her baby news to Ice-T’s wife Coco Austin. The couple is also expecting.
“They had the secret. They knew the secret before anybody knew,” Ice said. “Those two, she shared with Coco first and then slowly started to seep out.”
As for what she’s hoping for, Giddish summed it up succinctly: “Health. I hope he’s healthy,” she said. “And in real life. That’s all you care about.”
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC.
Showrunner Warren Leight talks to THR about his decision not to hide actress Kelli Giddish’s pregnancy, how Rollins’ relationship with Benson will change and why Amaro is not the father.
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the two-hour season 17 premiere of Law & Order: SVU.]
The special victims unit is expanding this season – and not just with the addition of the new sergeant. The two-hour season premiere of Law & Order: SVU revealed that Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish) is expecting her first child, just like Giddish herself.
“I guess its just a coincidence that there are now two single moms in the squad room,” showrunner Warren Leight tells The Hollywood Reporter, “except on my stage, three of my five recurring actors are going to have kids in the next four months and you would say that’s an impossible coincidence.” (Giddish’s co-stars Ice-T and Peter Scanavino also have kids on the way.)
Although Giddish’s baby news had been out for some time, the reveal about Rollins’ unplanned pregnancy was still surprising given the recent exit of her on-and-off fling Amaro (Danny Pino) as well as her struggle to overcome her gambling and alcohol addictions in recent seasons. Leight spoke with THR about how Rollins’ life will change, how motherhood will alter her dynamic with Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and why Amaro is not the father.
Why did you decide to make Rollins pregnant?
I didn’t want to have deal with fern plants in front of her and fax machines and file folders. … I just thought we would play the reality of what happens to a working detective who finds herself pregnant and how does she adjust to it. Obviously for Kelli’s character, there aren’t a lot of people in her life.
Fans waited 15 years for Benson to become a mom so was there ever a concern that this would be too soon after Olivia adopted Noah?
It’s different. Benson basically rescued baby Noah and adopted him, and Amanda’s at an age where if you do get pregnant, you’re not cavalier about it. You’re just at the point where you go to the doctor, the doctor says, “I have to tell you this is less likely to happen as you get older,” and you start getting those speeches. So I just decided, OK, Amanda will figure it out. And we will find out who the father is at some point early on in the season, and this is her choice. I thought, either we hide the pregnancy, which was hard to do because we had a three-month break between episodes three and four, so that was just going to look ridiculous. It just seemed like, [she could] deal with it. In real life, it happens. I’ve had a number of friends in real life have this happen to them. They didn’t see it coming and they make the best of it. The first thing she does is to tell her boss, “It’s not going to affect me at work in any way. I’m fine.”