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Jennifer Love Hewitt to Guest on Law & Order: SVU

After whispering to ghosts and playing a masseuse in a summer TV movie, Jennifer Love Hewitt is taking on the most serious role of her career. "In our third hour, airing September 29, Jennifer will be playing a woman named Vicki who has been raped multiple times and is afraid to leave her house," Law & Order: SVU executive producer Neal Baer tells me exclusively. "One of the reasons we wanted to do this episode is because it addresses Mariska Hargitay's passion for rape kits, which can help gather evidence to convict the rapists. But for some reason these kits have been sitting around unopened in cities all over the country." To Read More Click Here .

Precious Star Paula Patton Is Law & Order: SVU's New ADA

Precious star Paula Patton will join the cast of Law & Order: SVU in the fall, NBC announced Thursday. Patton will play Assistant District Attorney Mikka Von in multiple episodes, beginning with Episode 5. She fills the ADA slot left vacant by both Stephanie March, who won't return to SVU this fall, and guest star Sharon Stone. "When I saw Paula Patton give that terrific performance in the multi-Oscar nominated Precious, I knew she'd be perfect for SVU's new Assistant District Attorney - she's funny, warm and witty with a penchant for justice," executive producer Neal Baer said in a statement. In Precious, Patton played Ms. Rain, a teacher who inspired Gabourey Sidibe's titular troubled teen. SVU returns for its 12th season on Wednesday, Sept. Source Here

Ice-T Arrested on Charge of Driving with a Suspended License

Ice-T was arrested Tuesday in Manhattan on the charge of driving with a suspended license, the New York Police Department tells TVGuide.com. The Law & Order: SVU star, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt, according to police. No further details were provided, but Ice-T's wife, Nicole "Coco" Austin, tweeted that Ice-T has been released. An email to Ice-T's rep was not immediately returned. Source Here

Maria Bello Signs On to SVU

Maria Bello has signed on to appear on Law & Order: SVU, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. The Golden Globe- and SAG-nominated actress (A History of Violence, The Cooler) will appear in two episodes, playing a woman with a secret past that Detective Benson is investigating, according to a source close to the production. It's also a reunion of sorts for Bello and SVU executive producer Neal Baer, who worked together on ER. Her episodes have not been scheduled. Source Here

TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' dominates Wednesday

"America's Got Talent" was the unquestioned ratings champ Wednesday night and led NBC to an overall ratings win in the process. FOX, however, managed to grab a share of the lead among adults 18-49. NBC drew 7.9 million viewers and a 4.8 rating/9 share in households for the night. CBS (6.1 million, 4.0/7) came in second, a little bit ahead of FOX (6 million, 3.7/7). ABC took fourth with 3.7 million viewers and a 2.4/4, while The CW (1.1 million 0.7/1) was at the back of the pack. FOX and NBC each scored a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic to share the lead. CBS' 1.6 was good enough for third. ABC scored a 1.0 in the demo and The CW a 0.4. To Read More Click Here .

Joan Cusack Signs on to Law & Order: SVU

Joan Cusack will guest-star on Law & Order: SVU, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. The 47-year-old Oscar-nominated actress will play the mother of a girl who disappeared some years earlier. When her other daughter also goes missing, she becomes the focus of an investigation. Cusack's appearance coincides with the introduction of Erik Weber (Henry Ian Cusick),a graphic designer who woos Detective Olivia Benson. (No word yet on whether Cusack's character wears a back brace or dances in her underwear — or whether Cusack and Cusick will play music at CUSEC, the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium.) The episode will air in the fall. Source Here

Law & Order: SVU Signs Lost Alum

Lost alum Henry Ian Cusick, who played the time-traveling Desmond Hume on the ABC series, is leaping to NBC. He has signed on for at least two fall episodes of Law & Order: SVU, playing a graphic artist named Erik Weber. SVU executive producer Neal Baer, a fan of Lost, tells me he cast Ian because he is "a sharp, smart leader and very charismatic." Could Ian finally help Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) get over her long romantic dry spell? (Her last lover was Kurt Moss, played by Bill Pullman, way back in 2008!) "There might be some flirtation," Baer says. "Erik meets Olivia when he comes to someone's aid. And then we'll see how it goes. Olivia is devoted to her job and knows that comes first." While this comes as good news to us, somewhere out there Penny Widmore is sobbing. SVU is also looking for a big-name female to replace the departing Sharon Stone. Maybe Sonya Walger (Penny) could play that role?! Source Here

Ratings Race - 'The Forgotten' Finale More Remembered Than 'Three Rivers'

Fox (0.9/4, 3.13 million) owns Saturday night, and they have for more than two decades with the same lineup. If the other networks want to compete, they're going to have to get creative. But it looks like nobody cares about Saturdays anymore. It's good news for fans of low-rated series, as the Saturday wasteland gives networks someplace to burn off the last episodes of failed shows. Tonight, two such shows ride off into the sunset as ABC (0.6/3, 2.78 million) bids farewell with back-to-back installments of 'the forgotten,' while CBS (0.5/2, 2.75 million) is probably thankful they're out of episodes of 'Three Rivers.' Fox, meanwhile, just sticks with 'Cops' and 'America's Most Wanted,' and watches the viewers roll in. At this point, generations of fans know this lineup. Only NBC (0.7/3, 3.1 million) is competitive with the power of 'America's Got Talent' repeats and 'L&O:SVU,' though all are down on this holiday weekend. To Read More Click Here .

TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' wins Wednesday for NBC

''America's Got Talent" helped NBC win the overall night. It also took the 18-49 demographic by a slim margin over FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance." NBC averaged 8.7 million viewers, up 350K from last week, and a 5.3 rating/10 share among households in primetime. FOX took second with 5.8, down 500K from last week, and a 3.6/7. CBS was third with 5.2 million, 3.6/7 and ABC was fourth with 3.6 million, 2.4/4. The CW drew 1.0 million viewers and a 0.7/1. In the 18-49 demographic, the order remained the same with NBC at 2.3, FOX at 2.2, CBS at 1.2, ABC at 0.9 and the CW at 0.4 To Read More Click Here .

Law & Order: SVU Is Leaving New Jersey

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is moving its production out of New Jersey after the state suspended certain tax incentives, a source close to the production tells TVGuide.com. SVU, which formerly made NBC's Central Archives in North Bergen, N.J., its home, is looking to relocate to Chelsea Piers in New York City, where Law & Order was filmed. Tamara Tunie, whose SVU character was last seen in peril in the season finale, spoke out in favor of keeping the 20 percent tax incentive, according to Deadline Hollywood, which first reported the news. The bill to eliminate the tax incentives, which was proposed by N.J. Governor Chris Christie, is expected to pass on Monday. Source Here