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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

NBC Releases Midseason Schedule

...And if possible, it looks lamer than NBC's Fall Schedule. The schedule will be bloated with reality series, beginning with 2 new ones airing on Mondays: Superstars of Dance (described as a professional dancing competition and what I can only assume will be a failed NBC attempt to leech onto ABC's Dancing with the Stars audience) and Momma's Boys . Tuesdays will consist of another season of Biggest Loser and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at 10PM. Wednesdays: Knight Rider is staying put at 8, followed by SVU reruns at 9 (until February when Life returns) and the original Law & Order at 10. The Thursday night comedy lineup (and ER ) will remain unchanged. Fridays will see another Howie Mandel show at 8 - this one called Howie Do It , a hidden camera show (groan). I am most excited for the NBC return of Friday Night Lights at 9PM. Dateline will air in the 10PM slot. Full schedule below: MONDAYS (beginning January 5) 8-10 p.m. - Superstars of Dance ; premieres Sunday, January 4 (9-11 p.m.); season finale Monday, January 26 (8-9 p.m.) 10-11 p.m. - Momma's Boys ( Chuck and Heroes return in February) TUESDAYS (beginning January 6) 8-10 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser: Couples" 10-11 p.m. - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 7) 8-9 p.m. - "Knight Rider" 9-10 p.m. - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit encores ( Life returns in February) 10-11 p.m. - Law & Order THURSDAYS (beginning January 8) 8-8:30 p.m. - My Name Is Earl 8:30-9 p.m. - Kath and Kim 9:00-9:31 p.m. - The Office (beginning with a special post-Superbowl episode Feb 1) 9:31-10 p.m. - 30 Rock 10-11 p.m. - ER FRIDAYS 8-9 p.m. - Howie Do It (series premiere January 9) 9-10 p.m. - Friday Night Lights (beginning January 16) 10-11 p.m. - Dateline NBC (beginning December 5) SATURDAYS (beginning January 10) 8-11 - Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit encores SUNDAYS (January 4) 7-9 p.m. - Saturday Night Live Sports Extra 9-11 p.m. - Superstars of Dance (premiere) Still lacking a timeslot are Medium , American Gladiators , Deal or No Deal , Lipstick Jungle (don't hold your breath) and new series Kings . As mentioned above, Chuck and Heroes will return in February. So...does this schedule look as uninspiring to you as it does to me? Source: THR

Tuesday: More Debates...Less New TV

Don't forget that due to the second presidential debate tonight that there will no new episodes of House , Fringe , The Mentalist , Without a Trace or Law & Order: Special Victims Unit . If you would like to watch a live stream of the debate, Hulu will be doing so beginning at 9:00EST/6:00PT Live Stream of 2nd Presidential Debate . New episodes of 90210 and Privileged are still airing on The CW as well as Lincoln Heights and Greek on ABC Family. Some other networks each have a new show apiece: The Shield on FX , NCIS on CBS, Biggest Loser on NBC and a Dancing with the Stars results show on ABC. Fox has a House rerun.

Luke Perry is Back!

But it is not on 90210 ;) He is the father of Kelly's baby, so I am sure he will be coming back sooooon. He said 'no' in an interview, but money talks. But for those of us who can't wait, Luke will be guest starring in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a foster parent suspected of child abuse and not as Kelly's love interest or baby daddy on the new 90210 . In addition to L&O Luke is guest starring as a polygamist cult leader on Criminal Minds . Law and Order returns with all-new episodes on September 23 at 10 p.m. on NBC. READ MORE HERE!

SVU: Stabler Gets a Mom

Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn has signed on to appear in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Stabler's bipolar mother. Can you say Emmy nomination for a guest appearance? Source: TV Guide

A Sports Night Reunion on SVU

For anyone that loved Sports Night and watches Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (a small cross section of people, I imagine), you'll be thrilled to know that 2 fomer Sports Nighters, Josh Charles (more recently on In Treatment ) and Teri Polo, will be appearing as a married couple in an upcoming episode of SVU. Source: TV Guide

Law & Order: SVU Brings on Luke Perry, Julie Bowen, and Sara Gilbert

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has already scooped up some intriguing guest stars for the upcoming season, and now we can add Luke Perry to the list! According to EW.com, Luke Perry will be appearing in the premiere episode of SVU on September 23rd, along with Julie Bowen of Lost , Boston Legal , and Ed , and Sara Gilbert of ER and Roseanne . Looks like SVU is more than ready to deliver this fall! Read the full story: Exclusive: Perry, Bowen, Gilbert Summoned to 'SVU' Photo courtesy of EW.com

Guest Casting Roundup for Psych, Minds and More

EW's Michael Ausiello has provided us with some of the latest guest starring roles that have been cast, including: 1. Justine Bateman - seen recently as Gabrielle's drug dealing subletter on Desperate Housewives - who will be guest starring on Psych as Detective Lassiter's estranged wife. 2. Criminal Minds - which has a larger SideReel fanbase than I initially realized - is getting Jason Alexander for a November sweeps role as a murderer. 3. James Brolin is headed to the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiere as an old connection to Detective Stabler (Chris Meloni). Source: EW

Casting Roundup: 6/24/2008

Here is a roundup of the notable TV show casting that has occurred today: 1. Michaela McManus, probably known to many as Lindsey on One Tree Hill has joined the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as the new ADA. For fans of One Tree Hill, this probably means that Lindsey is not the person that Lucas called (or on the flip side he does call her, but we know her response)... Source: TV Guide . 2. Amy Madigan, last seen counseling Meredith on Grey's Anatomy , will be guest starring on an episode of Saving Grace (2007) this summer. She will play the wife of a murdered cop. Source: TV Guide 3. Laurie Metcalf has been cast to play the head of a family of loan sharks in Easy Money, one of the shows being created by Media Rights Capital for The CW 's Sunday night lineup. Source: TV Guide 4. Alfre Woodard, last seen (but poorly used) on Desperate Housewives has joined the cast of My Own Worst Enemy , the new spy series from NBC starring Christian Slater. Woodard will be playing Slater's boss.
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