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SVU packs its premiere with guest stars

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 30th 2008 1:24PM
law & order benson stablerWhen Law & Order: SVU returns on September 23, it's bringing a trio of guest stars with it. Luke Perry (90210), Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, 24), and Julie Bowen (Ed, Lost) are all set to make appearances. Perry and Bowen play a couple accused of abusing their foster child. Gilbert is on board to play the child's biological mother.

In addition to the main foster-child abuse storyline, the premiere is going to deal with Benson's (Mariska Hartigay) attempted rape a the end of last season, as well as Fin's (Ice-T) possible transfer out of SVU. The premiere also marks the debut of the new ADA played by Michaela McManus (One Tree Hill).

SVU is one of my favorite shows for guest stars, because they love getting people out of their normal roles. Recent appearances by Robin Williams and Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon as nutjobs-of-the-week were fun departures from how we normally see them. Of course, casting Jennie Garth in the Julie Bowen role would have been hilarious (so this is what Dylan and Kelly have been up to) but "hilarious" probably isn't the way producers wanted to go with the whole child-abuse angle, so, you know, Julie Bowen was probably a good pick.

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