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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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The report never said why she was fired from the show? She is certainly a good actress so what's the scoop? Why was she fired? More network stupidity or what?

December 13 2010 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim L

Why was she fired?

December 12 2010 at 10:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought bruce willis took care of him on die hard

December 12 2010 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad to see her back. Sadly I do think that some jerk(s) will soon be posting that she is a lesbian in real life. Too bad that the jerks don't know the diff. between playing a role and the truth.

December 12 2010 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Granny's comment

Say What? you say (or write)that like you think it's a bad thing to be a lesbian. A secure person won't give a rat's patoot what the idiot press writes about their sexual identity. An actor is not likely to be harmed by rumors that she is gay. Hollywood loves lesbians...

December 12 2010 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great to see AJ again. Criminal minds should write her back in, and while we are at it, can we bring back NUmbers. What an idiotic decision to end that show.

December 12 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ak's comment

It's all about the ratings, not about the quality of the shows, unfortunatley.

December 12 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i know, i know. but watching the replays of numbers all of the nuances of the cast relationships, and the incredibly different premise of the whole numnbers concept gets better each time you watch the ensemble of talented actors. what a shame; just like saving a few dollars on AJ Cooks salary. bogus

December 12 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yay! AJ + SVU = awesomeness. Can't wait. I always wanted her character on Criminal Minds to turn out to be a lesbian but I'll take this :D

December 10 2010 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love AJ! Glad to see her back on TV. She needs a new show to star in.

December 10 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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