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Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Mariska Hargitay would be willing to stick with Law & Order: SVU for 25 more years
"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"
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 Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Mariska Hargitay delves into the backlog of untested rape kids in HBO's I Am Evidence
The Law & Order: SVU star produced and hosts the documentary exploring how the United States mistreats victims of sexual abuse.
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 5:37AM EST
Mariska Hargitay calls this week’s SVU “utterly tragic and complex and human”
"I thought that was so powerful, the complexity of this human being and showing what this kind of trauma does and how it affects people,” she says of Tuesday’s emotional “bottle episode.” “It was a real departure from what we’ve done. ... Obviously the material was so painful and dark, and it was just a very different kind of SVU and a different kind of relationship that Benson never has with the victim."
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 3:16PM EDT
Law & Order: SVU adds Melora Walters and Joanna Going for a special format-breaking episode
They’ll be part of an episode that plays as one long interview scene between Mariska Hargitay’s Benson and a woman, played by Walters, who believes she was raped.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 11:15PM EDT
Brooke Shields was also shocked by her SVU role
It was Mariska Hargitay who suggested Shields play the unusual part.