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Occupy Wall Street Protesters vs. 'Law & Order: SVU' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 9th 2011 7:45AM
Law and Order SVU castIt was a case of art colliding with life last night in downtown Manhattan as Occupy Wall Street protesters closed down the set of 'Law & Order: SVU.' The procedural drama was supposed to be shooting an OWS-themed episode and had built a fake OWS encampment in Foley Square.

A call from @OccupyWallSt went out on Twitter last night asking OWS protesters to head to the set: "Light, camera, ACTION! Everybody head to Foley Square. Bring yr headshots and make yrself at home! See you at midnite!" Then, with the aid of the hashtag #Mockupy, the news quickly spread throught the twitterverse.

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Ed Asner Reprising Original 'Hawaii Five-0' Role, 'Glee' Casting Rachel's Dads and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 6:30PM
Ed Asner Hawaii Five-0Ed Asner will reprise the 'Hawaii Five-0' role he first played more than 30 years ago.

According to CBS, the 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' veteran will once again play August March in an early 2012 episode. Asner first played the role in the 1975 episode of the original 'Hawaii Five-0' titled 'Wooden Model of a Rat.'

"It is thrilling to, for the first time, merge the original 'Hawaii Five-0' and our new show by having the classic, versatile and award-winning actor Ed Asner reprise his role of August March, a character Mr. Asner first played 36 years ago. There is no better way to form a bridge between our reboot and the original series," Peter Lenkov, 'Hawaii Five-0' executive producer, said in a statement.

For the first time, footage from the original series featuring Asner will be used. The archive footage will show his character in his smuggler days. When Asner's character appears in the new series, he'll be a reformed man after serving 30 years in prison for murder. The Five-0 team approach him for help on a smuggling case.

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'Law & Order: SVU': Andre Braugher Previews 'Spiraling Down' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 12:55PM
Andre Braugher SVU Preview'Law & Order: SVU' has been known to rip from the headlines, but in this week's episode, they're kicking it up a notch. In 'Spiraling Down' (Wed., Dec. 7, 10PM ET on NBC), the detectives catch a legendary footballer, played by 'Everwood' alum Treat Williams, in a teen prostitution sting.

Williams' character hires Andre Braugher's Bayard Ellis, the defense attorney who has been giving the 'SVU' team a run for their money. In this exclusive backstage clip, Braugher talks about the challenges his character faces in defending Williams' character, a man with chronic traumatic encephalopathy from his years on the football field.

"Sometimes he's in and sometimes he's out," Braugher said of the character's mental state. "Sometimes he understands what he's doing and its implications and sometimes he's simply not there. He doesn't remember and he's behaving in odd ways."

Watch the video below.

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'Law & Order: SVU' Exclusive: Gilbert Gottfried Previews His New Role (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 30th 2011 2:30PM
Gilbert Gottfried Law and Order SVUA very familiar face -- and voice -- is coming to 'Law & Order: SVU.'

Gilbert Gottfried makes his 'SVU' debut tonight (10PM ET on NBC) and AOL TV has an exclusive behind the scenes first look at his new "nerdy" character.

The actor and comedian joins the cast in the recurring role of Leo Gerber, a TARU tech.

"I'm like a computer geek and it's one of those kinds of people who know everything, but have absolutely no social skills and so they get annoyed with everybody around them," Gottfried said of his new character.

Check out the video below.

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TV's Smartest Detectives

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 28th 2011 10:00AM
Magnum P.I.Ready to sharpen your armchair detective skills?

TNT is kicking off a new Mystery Movie Night, starting with Scott Turow's 'Innocent' (premieres Tues., Nov. 29, 9PM ET), starring Bill Pullman as a man charged with murdering his wife, played by Marcia Gay Harden, and Alfred Molina as his defense attorney. In honor of this series of best-selling whodunit stories brought to the small screen, we rounded up the smartest detectives in TV history.

From an OCD gumshoe-for-hire to a no-nonsense Scotland Yard sleuth, a sassy high-school snoop and a P.I. with facial hair as famous as he was, check out our gallery of the top 20 smartest TV detectives of all time.

Do your keen powers of perception tell you we've missed someone? Add your own favorites in the comments.

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Carrie Preston Previews Her Different 'Law & Order: SVU' Role and 'Good Wife' Future

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 15th 2011 3:00PM
Carrie Preston Law and Order SVU InterviewCarrie Preston describes herself as a chameleon actress, and for good reason. Known for serving up drinks with a side of sass as Arelne on HBO's 'True Blood,' Preston has used her hiatus from the popular vampire series to book a series of dramatic roles on top network shows.

After a recent stop on 'The Good Wife,' in which she received raved reviews (both AOL TV and EW thought she deserved an Emmy nomination), Preston will next be seen on NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU.'

In 'Educated Guess' (Wed., Nov. 16, 10PM ET on NBC), Preston plays Bella, the aunt of a troubled young woman, Gia, played by Natasha Lyonne. Bella and her husband George (Tim Guinee) took in Bella's sister, Diane (J. Smith Cameron) and Gia after some family problems.

"All the series regulars are wonderful on this show and it was really fun having these guest stars to share the experience with," Preston told AOL TV.

So, is her 'SVU' character like Arlene or her 'Good Wife' character Elsbeth Tascioni? Not so much, Preston said.

"She's much more uptight and has some co-dependency issues and some controlling issues, I think," Preston said.

Find out what else the 'SVU' guest star had to say about working on the show, her future on 'The Good Wife' and what's next on 'True Blood' below. Plus, exclusive first-look video of Preston in action with the 'SVU' detectives.

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'Law & Order: SVU' Stars Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni Together Again

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 15th 2011 11:45AM
Chris Meloni, Mariska HargitayFormer 'Law & Order: SVU' partners Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni reunited on Mon., Nov. 14. Sadly, it wasn't for an episode, but it was for a good cause!

The two were spotted in New York City at the 12th Annual Make Believe on Broadway gala at the Shubert Theater. To the delight of many -- including the 'SVU' fans here at AOL TV -- the dynamic TV detective duo posed for photos on the red carpet.

As much as we're digging the new 'SVU' this season, it's great to see Meloni and Hargitay back together. Just look at Hargitay's smile!

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'Law & Order: SVU' Star Bilked Out of $1 Million By Business Manager

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2011 4:10PM
Tamara Tunie'Law & Order: SVU' and 'As the World Turns' star Tamara Tunie has been swindled out of $1 million by a former manager.

According to the New York Post, Tunie's former business manager, Joseph Cilibrasi, admitted that he stole more than $1 million from the actress over the course of a decade.

Tunie hired Cilibrasi to be her business manager in the early 1990s.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Anatomy of a Shooting on 'Law & Order: SVU' With Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 9th 2011 11:00AM
SVU Exclusive VideoThe new arrivals to 'Law & Order: SVU' are getting some action on the job -- of the guns-blazing variety, naturally.

In this exclusive video preview of 'Russian Brides' (Wed., Nov. 9, 10PM ET on NBC), Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino talk about what it's like to draw their TV guns on a perp.

"For 'Russian Brides,' you get to see me shoot a dude," Giddish said. "We're at an outdoor cafe, we're hoping the bad guy shows up ... and he does and I get to shoot him. That was really fun in the midst of the rain and all that."

What, did you expect a TV cop to have any remorse for mowing down an extra in the line of duty? Watch the video below for more scoop from Giddish and Pino.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 31 - November 6

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 31st 2011 10:55AM
America's Next Top Model - Thursday November 3, 9PM ET/PT, CTV Two/CW

If you've ever wondered what happened to former Eminem protege of dubious street cred The Game, Tyra has the answer. For one thing, they just call him Game now. (It is tough to have the definitive article before your name -- just ask The Situation.) I wonder what Jayceon Terrell Taylor thinks of his strange fortunes -- which saw him nominated for two Grammy Awards only six years ago, and now he's a guest star on 'ANTM.' The model-bes are asked to write and sing a song about their lives, which, holy moly, that would be enough to get me to tune in. But bonus: they make a music video of their results, which Game (no "The") directs.

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A 'Scrubs' Reunion On 'Cougar Town,' Jennifer Carpenter Heads to 'Good Wife' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2011 12:30PM
Zach Braff'Scrubs' star Zach Braff is paying 'Cougar Town' a visit.

He'll join fellow Sacred Heart alumni Robert Maschio (The Todd!), Sarah Chalke, Sam Lloyd and Ken Jenkins in an upcoming Season 3 episode.

Details on Braff's role are being kept under wraps, but TVLine reports he'll be seen in the flesh this time. Braff's voice previously was heard in a Season 2 episode.

'Cougar Town' returns to ABC sometime during midseason.

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I Was an Extra on 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 19th 2011 2:30PM
It's a rainy Friday afternoon in late September and I'm in The Crazy Horse Cabaret, a strip club in the Bronx. To my left is a man dressed like a bloody doctor, to my right is a taller gentleman dressed as a caveman.

We're not speaking, although it looks like we're deep in conversation. The doctor orders shots from the bartender. I'm handed a glass, but the clear liquid is not vodka; I'm doing a shot of water. Don't feel sorry for me though -- we're on set of the 'Law & Order: SVU' Halloween episode.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

I got to experience the magic of TV firsthand as a background actor on the long-running NBC crime drama to get even more insight into how the show gets made, plus some time with the stars for one-on-one interviews.

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Mariska Hargitay Adopts For the Second Time

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 19th 2011 10:20AM
Mariska Hargitay AdoptsIt's another boy for 'Law & Order: SVU' star Mariska Hargitay!

According to People, Hargitay has adopted her second child, Andrew, just six months after adopting daughter Amaya Josephine. Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann also have a 5-year-old son, August.

Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann was born over the summer.

"We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly, but something inside of us knew that this was right, and we said, 'Yes, yes, yes!'" Hargitay told People. "We knew this was our guy. Everything about it felt right. It felt divinely right."

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'Law & Order: SVU': Behind the Scenes With T.R. Knight (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 12:00PM
TR Knight SVUT.R. Knight must be used to fake blood by now, right?

He spent five seasons on 'Grey's Anatomy' as intern George O'Malley, performing surgeries and simulated medical procedures, until his character was killed off in a bus accident.

Knight makes his return to TV in tonight's episode of 'Law & Order: SVU' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC) as Gabriel Thomas, a man Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish) encounters in New York -- and believes to be responsible for a series of violent crimes in her hometown.

Below, check out AOL TV's exclusive behind-the-scenes clip of a pivotal scene in the squad room

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EXCLUSIVE: Diane Neal Previews Her 'Law & Order: SVU' Reunion

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2011 9:30AM
Diane Neal Law and Order SVUDid you know Diane Neal appeared on 'Law & Order: SVU' as a different character before taking on the role of ADA Casey Novak?

Back in 2001 she infamously played a lady rapist on the series. One of the fellow perps was played by Paige Turco, her real-life friend. Their characters weren't very nice to a male stripper and things didn't turn out that well for Turco's character.

The 'Blood Brothers' episode of 'SVU' (Wed., Oct. 5, 10PM on NBC) is a reunion for Neal and Turco. However, in 'Blood Brothers' it's a whole new kind of trouble for Turco. She plays the wife of a man involved in an Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque scandal.

Find out what Neal had to say about the reunion in AOL TV's exclusive behind the scenes video!

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