Watch a sneak peek of LAW & ORDER SVU's Season 10 Episode 16 ''Ballerina''

When Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) arrive on the scene of a single murder, they discover two more dead bodies, those of Tisa Flores and Alejandro Reyes, in the apartment next door. They investigate Tisa’s past and find that she was working at a strip club owned by a former Rockette, Birdie Sulloway (Guest Star Carol Burnett). Birdie and her nephew Chet (Guest Star Matthew Lillard) try to assist with the investigation, but when the prime suspect for the three murders suddenly dies, the detectives discover a vigilante with a violent past. Airing this Tuesday March 17 2008 on NBC. TO Watch The Sneak Peek ClicK here . Source here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - Featured

* Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10 pm/ET NBC) The month of March fittingly brings the return of Stephanie March, who begins reprising her role as ADA Alex Cabot in the first of several episodes. Benson and Stabler are shocked to see her at a crime scene, where she's filling in for the temporarily reassigned Greylek. Tonight Alex tackles the case of a murdered pediatrician who had been found guilty of molesting several patients. Shortly after his conviction, he filed a lawsuit against the NYPD, claiming they hesitated to take legal action against him. * The Biggest Loser : Couples (8 pm/ET NBC) In a move that's sure to prompt dread-filled memories of elementary school, the contestants are surprised with a pop challenge that will have an effect on this week's weigh-in. Perhaps to help them recover from the stress of the first challenge, the players then compete for a day of luxury and spa treatments in the next challenge, a relay race. But all the relaxation in the air quickly fades when a contestant has a blowup with her trainer. * WCG Ultimate Gamer (10 pm/ET Sci Fi) Most reality competitions have ditched reality as we know it, and video games are more realistic than ever. Merge the two and a game show is born! Twelve gamers move into a loft and vie for cash and prizes in rounds of video games and real-life simulations based on the games. In the opener, the gamers face off in Rock Band 2 challenges with, appropriately enough, the Donnas turning up as guest judges. * How the Earth Was Made (9 pm/ET History) Anyone who has ever been to New York City and walked through downtown Manhattan would - Central Park aside - find it easy to lose sight of the fact that it is built upon a chunk of earth. It seems as though the city had been carved by human hands from concrete and steel. This hour goes below the surface to examine its geological history and how everything man-made was determined by the physical landscape. Also examined is its prehistoric connection with Africa. * Jeopardy ! (7 pm/ET check local listings for time and channel) Like Nigel Tufnel in This Is Spinal Tap, the classic game show is turning it up to 11. Why 11? Because tonight marks the start of what should be 11 great episodes of the classic game show, beginning with a celebrity round featuring Tom Bergeron, Elizabeth Perkins and Aisha Tyler competing for charity. Tomorrow, the Tournament of Champions gets under way with former winners returning for a shot at the $250,000 grand prize. The tourney concludes March 24. Source Here

Mariska Hargitay "Recovering Well" in Hospital

Law & Order : SVU's Mariska Hargitay is on the road to recovery, and will likely be solving on-screen crimes again soon. "Mariska is recovering well and is expected to return to SVU in the next couple of weeks," reps for the actress and the NBC series said Monday in a joint statement. While confirmed that SVU's production wouldn't be affected by her absence, one source says that the actress' alter ego, Det. Olivia Benson, has been written out of at least one episode as a result of Hargitay's hospitalization. Hargitay was hospitalized for the third time last week for discomfort related to a pneumothorax (a collapsed lung), which she suffered in January. Source here

Mariska Hargitay Back in Hospital

Mariska Hargitay is back in the hospital after experiencing discomfort related to her previous problems with a collapsed lung, reports "Mariska Hargitay went to the hospital this morning after experiencing some discomfort relating to her earlier lung condition," her rep said Wednesday. "She is undergoing routine tests and expects to be feeling better soon." The " Law & Order: Special Victims Unit " star has now been hospitalized three times for a collapsed lung; first over the holidays in December, then in January, forcing her to miss the Golden Globes. She returned to work at the end of that month. Hargitay's rep also says that "production will not be affected" on the popular NBC show. Source here

Ratings: How Badly Did Idol Mess with The Mentalist?

Tuesday's tallies: * 8 pm/ET Let the stinging singing begin. American Idol averaged 25.1 million total viewers over its two-hour run, a 13 percent drop from last year's first big croon-off. Placing second in the hour, NCIS held steady at 18 mil. The Biggest Loser (8.9 mil) was the biggest loser of the night at Idol's hand, shedding 13 percent of its week-ago audience. * 9 pm Opposite the second hour of Idol (noooo, don't go near The Police!), The Mentalist only dipped 7 percent from last week's all-time high. In other words, barely a hair on Simon Baker's head was mussed. * 10 pm Without a Trace 's yo-yo act continued, with the procedural this week slipping 16 percent, to 12.2 million viewers. SVU placed second with 9.45 mil (down 900K), yet topped the demos. Source here

SVU Preview: Hormones, Strip Clubs and Transgendered Kids!

Tuesday's episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , "Transitions" (Tuesday, 10 pm/ET, NBC), takes on some controversial issues dealing with transgendered teenagers - that is, kids who choose to live their lives as the opposite gender. In their investigation of the attempted murder of a repo man in a strip-club parking lot, Benson and Stabler meet the man's estranged wife and his 13-year-old transgendered son, Henry, who now prefers to be called Hailey. "These are people who feel they were born in the opposite body they were meant to be - when they know that, and if they're young, how should parents and schools address it?" asks SVU executive producer Neal Baer. Indeed, Hailey becomes the prime suspect in the case when it is revealed that her father is not supportive of her choice to change genders. Baer says that while Hailey's story isn't "ripped from the headlines," its intention was to address a subset of issues specific to prepubescent transgendered kids. "The question this episode raises is: 'Do you really know when you're that young?'" he asks. In his research, writer Ken Storer learned that many transgendered kids take hormone blockers to inhibit the onset of puberty, making the switch conceivably easier - physically, at least. To play the role of Henry/Hailey, casting director Jonathan Strauss saw nearly 200 kids before picking 15-year-old Bridger Zadina. It's essentially his first role, but the newcomer from Minnesota handles the tricky material with aplomb, moving deftly from aggressive teenager to scared, confused kid over the course of the hour. Baer says that Zadina was a true professional about the demands of the part, coming into his audition having done his own research on transgendered teens. "He blew us away," Baer says. But his enthusiasm didn't come without hesitation. "He did say, 'Wow, what am I going to tell my friends?'" reports Baer. Also appearing in "Transitions" are Daniela Sea ( The L Word ) as Hailey's transgendered boyfriend, Alex Kingston (who Baer says he "adores" from his days working on ER ) as the prosecutor in the case and many real transgendered teens. Zadina will next appear alongside Kelsey Grammer and John Goodman in an animated Paul Bunyan film. Source here

Mariska Hargitay Returns to Work at SVU

Mariska Hargitay is back at work, two weeks after suffering a collapsed lung. Law & Order: SVU's foxy detective was suffering from pneumothorax (a partially collapsed lung). She returned to work Monday afternoon, according to People. Hargitay's condition can be caused by a number of things, including a build-up of air between the lung and the chest wall, a chest injury, a broken rib - or without injury at all. She had been on vacation when the ailment struck. Hargitay was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a SAG award for her portrayal of Det. Olivia Benson, but did not attend either event. Source here

SVU's Mariska Hargitay Suffers a Collapsed Lung

Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay is suffering from a partially collapsed lung, according to the star's rep. "Mariska Hargitay has been sidelined with a pneumothorax (a partially collapsed lung)," the rep told Access Hollywood. Even so, the actress "will appear in all episodes for the rest of the season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ," the rep said. Hargitay's condition occurs when air builds up in the space between the lung and the chest wall. It can be caused by a chest injury or broken rib, but can also occur without injury. The actress has been on vacation and was not injured on the set, according to People. Hargitay was nominated for a Golden Globe, but did not attend Sunday's ceremony. Source here

Back in the Courtroom on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Get ready, New York defendants: Alexandra Cabot is coming to a courtroom near you. Stephanie March is reprising her role as the prosecutor on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for a six-episode arc starting Feb. 17, the AP reports. The actress starred on the show for four seasons, until 2003, when Cabot went into a witness protection program. March's character resurfaced again for a 2005 episode in which she testified against the head of a drug cartel, and once again in 2006, in the NBC series Conviction. The actress compared SVU to "an old flame." "Every time I run into it I think, 'Hmmm, what if?" she said. "I look forward to spending some time working with a production that has always been so rewarding for me." So why come back to the arms of SVU now? Executive producer Neal Baer explained that March's character needed time to get over her traumatic experience of seasons past before she could return to the fold. Current prosecutor Kim Greylek (Michaela McManus) will step away on assignment in Washington, D.C., during March's return. In addition to her SVU reprise, March is starring in the upcoming Ricky Gervais film, This Side of Truth , and made recent appearances on 30 Rock and Grey's Anatomy . Source here

Mariska Hargitay to Leave Law & Order Special Victims Unit

Actress Mariska Hargitay has hinted she may be leaving "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" after nearly ten years to spend more time with her child. Hargitay, who started playing Detective Olivia Benson in the long-running TV drama in 1999, admits she's missing out on family time and is thinking about leaving the show. Read More