4 minutes ago Spoilers ahead for the Season 20 premiere of Law & Order: SVU. Olivia Benson has been facing the worst of the worst criminals for a couple of decades, and the Season 20 premiere may have indicated that she's going to find herself on the bench in the not-too-distant future. The premiere was a gigantic two-hour event that started off as a horrifying rape case and then transformed into a school shooting case, perpetrated by the victim who was denied justice after a court failure by the still-mourning A.D.A. Peter Stone. Olivia was struggling with an issue she hasn't really had to face before, and it didn't have anything to do with the heinous sexually-based offense she investigates. She found herself getting winded and falling short when trying to chase down suspects. Normally, one of the SVU detectives getting winded in a chase sequence wouldn't really be that big of a deal. They do a lot of running and jumping and tackling when trying to apprehend the bad … [Read more...] about Is Law And Order: SVU Preparing To Bench Olivia Benson?
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11 minutes ago The Law & Order franchise may consist of procedurals, but there's always room for some character development, and Special Victims Unit just cast a Scandal alum as a love interest that should give one character some extra depth in the upcoming twentieth season. George Newbern of Scandal fame is joining Law & Order: SVU in the fall, and he'll be a love interest for none other than Detective Amanda Rollins. Here's what you need to know. George Newbern will play a character by the name of Dr. Al Pollack, who is a former flame of Amanda Rollins' that turns up in her life. As a wealthy doctor with good looks and no shortage of charm, Pollack comes across as an very eligible romantic partner, but Amanda knows that he has a wandering eye that has gotten him into trouble in the past. While their relationship was "tumultuous" in earlier attempts, perhaps things will go differently if they give it one more chance. Or maybe it will be as much of a trainwreck as before. … [Read more...] about Law And Order: SVU Casts Scandal Alum As New Love Interest
21 seconds ago Two prominent alums Law and Order series are teaming up for a new project that could be a big win for fans of NBC's long-running crime franchise. Danny Pino of Law and Order: SVU and Chris Noth of the original Law and Order will join forces for a new crime drama at WGN America. The drama, called Gone, won't be just another Law and Order-esque show, however. Here's what we know. Gone will follow Kit "Kick" Lannigan, who is a survivor of a child-abduction case that got a lot of attention from the press. She becomes determined not to ever become a vicim again and trains herself in physical combat and firearms. Kick finds a way to put her skills to good use when FBI Agent Frank Novak, who rescued her from her abduction, convinces her to join a special task force. This task force focuses on solving missing persons cases and abductions. With her particular understanding of how predators' minds work, Kick should be an asset to the team and her new partner, former Army … [Read more...] about Two Former Law And Order Franchise Stars Are Teaming Up For A New Crime Drama
6 minutes ago Outside of The Simpsons, one almost never hears about a scripted TV show lasting for 20 full seasons, but it's an entertainment milestone that NBC will soon be celebrating with Law & Order: SVU. And while there may have been a point in recent years when star Mariska Hargitay might have been willing to call it quits, the actress now sounds more enthused than ever to keep bringing Olivia Benson to audiences for years to come. In Hargitay's words: The joke with [then-showrunner] Warren Leight and I was, Season 16 was good, and we said Season 17, we're going to phone it in. That was our schtick on set, because we were so exhausted. And then Season 17, we killed it. And then Season 18...we had a wobbly year. But Season 19, I was like, 'I'm sorry, did anyone see the show?' [New showrunner Michael] Chernuchin, every single episode, he outdoes himself. I'm in it for the long haul. I said, 'You keep writing like this, I'll stay for 25 years.' Why would I leave? I'm so … [Read more...] about Law And Order: SVU’s Mariska Hargita Talks How Long She’d Like To Stay On The Show
6 minutes ago It's that time of year again when networks make the difficult decisions about which shows will be renewed and which will be cancelled. Some shows have already gotten bad news, but NBC just delivered some very good news for fans of four big series. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit will carry on into Season 20, and all three Chicago shows scored renewals as well. It's a good time to be a fan of Dick Wolf shows on NBC! Law and Order: SVU has reinvented itself somewhat in the second half of Season 19 following the departure of Raul Esparza as A.D.A. Rafael Barba and the arrival of Philip Winchester as replacement A.D.A. Peter Stone. The sexually based offenses are as heinous as ever and the dedicated detectives work as hard as ever, so there was no sign that SVU has been running out of steam. NBC is clearly satisfied with how SVU has performed, and SVU executive producer Michael Chernuchin should be happy. Chernuchin suggested earlier this year that the show last at … [Read more...] about Law And Order: SVU, Chicago P.D., And More Renewed By NBC