Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 1/23/19 at 12:47PM EST
Jennifer Esposito joins Law & Order: SVU
Six years after her controversial Blue Bloods exit, Esposito will act in an NYPD-based show. On SVU, she'll play Sgt. Phoebe Baker, who runs the Vice squad.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
Ice-T arrested for evading a bridge toll, points out he doesn't get special treatment from cops for playing an SVU detective
"I love how people think just because I ACT like a cop on SVU I get special treatment from real cops... lol," Ice-T tweeted following his arrest this morning after blowing through a toll booth in his brand-new McLaren sports car. He was later released on his own recognizance.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU devoted an entire episode to incels
Tuesday's episode was shockingly the first SVU to have the title "Revenge," notes Kathryn VanArendonk. She adds: "SVU does at least have the grace to suggest that its crack squad of culturally cognizant sex crime investigators have heard of incels before. Once they make the connection, they’re on relatively firm footing about what an incel is: guys who are mad because they’re 'not getting any,' Detective Carisi explains."
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
Law & Order: SVU taps Sebastian Roché to play a NXIVM-like cult leader
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Originals and Supernatural vet will guest as Arlo Beck, the charismatic leader of a female empowerment group.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU alum Diane Neal's name will appear in a race for a New York Congressional ballet
New York's Supreme Court ruled in her favor to appear as an independent on the ballot representing a congressional district in upstate New York.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
NBC orders Law & Order: Hate Crimes as a spinoff of Law & Order: SVU
NBC announced the 13-episode series from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit showrunner Warren Leight that will be introduced on SVU later this season. The NYPD's actual Hate Crime Task Force, the second-oldest bias-based task force in the U.S., works under the real Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU detectives to assist in their investigations. “As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail,” Wolf said in a statement. “Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms – with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson – a real dialogue can begin. That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level.” Leight added: “I’m extremely impressed by the actual men and women investigating these cases in a city as complicated and diverse as New York. The work they are doing puts them on the front lines in a battle for the soul of our city and nation. I’m thrilled about the chance to reunite with Dick and NBC to portray the reality of this crisis.”
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU adds Homeland vet Sandrine Holt
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
She'll recur as a clinical psychologist consultant.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Now that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is on NBC, cast members hope to do a crossover with Law & Order: SVU
The cast and crew talked cancelation, LGBTQ representation and a possible SVU crossover during their Thursday' appearance at Comic-Con.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Dylan Walsh is returning to Law & Order: SVU after 11 years -- as a different character
The Unforgettable and Nip/Tuck alum appeared on the NBC crime drama in 2007, playing mass murderer Malcolm Royce. Walsh will return to SVU next season in a recurring role as a respected self-made man named John Conway.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
George Newbern goes from Scandal to Law & Order: SVU
He'll recur on Season 20 of the NBC drama as a "charming, handsome and very wealthy doctor" who is the love interest of Kelli Giddish's Detective Rollins.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Mariska Hargitay would be willing to stick with Law & Order: SVU for 25 more years
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I'm in it for the long haul," she said of staying around for a potential record-breaking 21st season. "I said, 'You keep writing like this, I'll stay for 25 years.' Why would I leave? I’m so grateful."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Dick Wolf: Law & Order: SVU helped pave the way for the #MeToo movement
Wolf and Mariska Hargitay discussed last night their long-running NBC drama, which they credit for helping victims of sex crimes come forward. “I think it’s opened the door into a multitude of conversations over the years. If you look at the #MeToo movement, she founded it, a long time ago,” Wolf said, pointing to Hargitay. “We got to take the onus off the survivor and put it where it belongs, on the perpetrator,” Hargitay added. “It did change and it did give people the courage to come forward and realize ‘Guess what, you’re not alone.’”
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 7:14PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU boss: "I don't see any reason why this show will end"
Source: TV Guide
As Law & Order: SVU preps for its 20th season, showrunner Michael Chernuchin says there are so many storylines left to tackle that the series could keep on going for years, especially in wake of the #MeToo movement. Chernuchin tells TV Guide that "we're dealing with things that are on the front page in the papers every day. Now, more than ever." And as long as Mariska Hargitay is aboard, SVU can keep on chugging along. He adds: "This whole #MeToo movement... it's everywhere. Even though we've been touching on it for 19 years, we may do a full-blown episode on that." Chernuchin's primary goal is getting a greenlight for a record-breaking 21st season. But he a had to put a number on when SVU will call it quits, he already has one in mind: "I'd like to get to 500 episodes. That's a nice round number, isn't it?" SVU aired its 434th episode on Wednesday.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU's renewal gives Dick Wolf another chance to break Gunsmoke's record -- thanks to Mariska Hargitay
In 2010, NBC canceled Law & Order after 20 seasons, denying Wolf as shot at breaking Gunsmoke's 20-season TV record. Now Wolf has another chance to break the record following NBC's Season 20 renewal of SVU. Wolf has a better shot because of Hargitay. "As the mastermind behind the Law & Order franchise, Wolf has been instrumental in Law & Order: SVU’s staying power, but a major part of the credit has to go to star Hargitay who plays the show’s iconic Lt. Olivia Benson of the Special Victims Unit of the NYPD, an elite squad of detectives that investigates sexually based crimes," says Nellie Andreeva. "The role has earned her an Emmy Award and eight nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. While the mothership Law & Order series went through multiple lead cast overhauls, with none of the original cast members staying past Season 10, Hargitay has been Law & Order: SVU‘s heart and soul since the pilot, leading the cast for 20 seasons. The last 19 of them she has had Ice-T by her side."
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
NBC picks up Law & Order: SVU for Season 20, renews Dick Wolf's three Chicago series
Wolf's four NBC shows will all return next season -- Chicago Fire for Season 7, Chicago P.D. for Season 6 and Chicago Med for Season 4. Additionally, Wolf's Law & Order franchise will carry on with SVU reaching Season 20. SVU is still one of NBC highest-rated shows, averaging just under six million viewers. The oldest Chicago series, Chicago Fire, is currently the lowest-rated of the Chicago franchise, according to Variety. But it still performs solidly with just under six million viewers. The newest Chicago show, Chicago Med, is the highest-rated of the franchise, averaging 6.7 million viewers. In response to the SVU pickup, Ice-T tweeted: "FYI: SVU has OFFICIALLY been picked up for Season #20 Run and tell that!"
- SVU's renewal means it will match Gunsmoke's 20 seasons as the longest-running live-action series
- Chicago Fire stars Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund and David Eigenberg aren't signed on for Season 7
- Chicago P.D. boss on season finale surprise: "It was one of the things that just evolved from the storytelling this season"