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A.J. Cook to Guest Star on 'Law & Order: SVU,' Michael Gambon Joins 'Luck' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 10th 2010 1:30PM
A.J. CookIt's not 'Criminal Minds,' but A.J. Cook is diving back into the procedural pool with a role on an upcoming episode of NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU.'

According to TV Guide, the fired 'Criminal Minds' star will play the lesbian lover of the daughter of Jeremy Irons' character. While fans may be used to seeing Cook bust criminals, on 'SVU' she'll be playing the victim.

"A lot of people love A.J.," 'SVU' executive producer Neal Baer told TV Guide. "So we asked, 'How about coming and starring opposite Jeremy Irons?'"

Oscar-winner Irons will play Dr. Cap Jackson, a sex therapist who runs a sex rehab center. Cook will play OBGYN Debbie Shields and, according to Baer, "her character is brutally attacked."

In other TV news ...

Michael Gambon has joined the cast of HBO's 'Luck.' The veteran actor will play a foil to Dustin Hoffman's character, Ace Bernstein. Patrick J. Adams, who plays the lead role in USA Network's pilot 'A Legal Mind,' has also been added to the horse-racing drama's cast. [Deadline Hollywood]

Kelsey Grammer doesn't watch 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' The 'Frasier' star appears on the series alongside his soon-to-be-ex-wife Camille, but he and his current squeeze have kept their distance from the show. [Us Weekly]

'Twilight' producer Temple Hill has signed a two-year deal with ABC Studios. The production company will first tackle a contemporary retelling of 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' [Deadline Hollywood]

Michael Gross will guest star on 'Brothers & Sisters.' The 'Family Ties' star has been tapped to play a food critic who tries to come between Ron Rifkin's character Saul and his boyfriend played by Richard Chamberlain. [E! Online]

CBS has bought a script co-written by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. The project, 'Two Broke Girls,' follows two young women who take on New York City, but with no money. [Deadline Hollywood]

NBC is developing 'Playboy,' a drama set in the 1960s. The series will follow a group of women working in a Playboy club in New York. 'Tru Calling' veteran Chad Hodge will write and executive produce. [TV Guide]

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