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Mischa Barton and Delaney Williams Guest on 'Law and Order: SVU' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 4th 2010 2:03AM
Law and Order: SVU, Mischa Barton, Delaney WilliamsMischa Barton showed up on 'Law and Order: SVU' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC) as a prostitute trying to put away a hooker killer. And good for Barton. She's had her ups and downs, but hopefully she's getting her career back on track.

Equally as interesting is seeing Sgt. Landsman (Delaney Williams) from 'The Wire' playing defense attorney John Buchanan. Hope to see more of him on the screen, too.

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Kathy Griffin Tries to Kiss Olivia on 'Law and Order: SVU' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 4th 2010 1:04AM
Law and Order: SVU, Kathy GriffinWell, this is awkward. On 'Law and Order: SVU' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC), Kathy Griffin guest-starred as a militant lesbian activist (her words, not ours). While in protective custody, she gets the wrong vibe from Detective Olivia Benson and tries to kiss her.

Even after Benson explains that she's straight, Griffin's character isn't buying it. "Come on ... I mean, the job and the gun and the attitude ... you're like Ellen, Joan Crawford and Calamity Jane all rolled into one ... I know how difficult it can be ... the conflicted feelings, but the heart wants what the heart wants."

We know this is serious role for Griffin, but that last part is pretty funny. And she'd better start re-thinking her D-List status. She's getting some good gigs lately.

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TV Casting: Bristol Palin to Guest on 'Secret Life of the American Teenager'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 23rd 2010 11:51AM
Bristol PalinThe 'Secret' is out: In what will be her acting debut, Bristol Palin is set to make a cameo on an upcoming episode of ABC Family's 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager.' She'll play herself in the episode, which will have her working at a music program for teen moms. "I am thrilled to be on this show and to be part of a program that educates teens and young adults about the consequences of teen pregnancy," she said in a statement. Top that, Levi. [ABC News]

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'Family Guy' Actress With Down Syndrome Diffuses Sarah Palin's Latest TV Outrage

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 23rd 2010 10:00AM
Family Guy, Down Syndrome, Sarah PalinSarah Palin, a media gadfly who seems to have found more things to be offended about on television than the Parents Television Council, seems to pop up every time there is a joke about her and her family.

This time, Ellen, a character with Down syndrome voiced by actress Andrea Fay Friedman who also has Down syndrome, goes on a date with Chris and says that her mother is "the former Governor of Alaska." This sent the Palin family into an anger spiral that prompted her to trash the show and characterize it as an attack on her young son Trig, who also has Down syndrome, and everyone suffering from mental illness.

However, what Palin and the rest of the outraged among us fail to realize is that they suffer from a far greater disability: a lack of a sense of humor.

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Jaclyn Smith to Guest on 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 21st 2010 10:03AM
jaclyn_smith_headshot_tiltedWhen it comes to guest stars, few shows do it as well as NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU.' The past few years the Emmy-winners in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category have come from actors who've visited the show, including Leslie Caron, Ellen Burstyn, Cynthia Nixon and Amanda Plummer. That said, one of 'Charlie's Angels' may need to make some room on her bookshelf for a trophy.

Perhaps that's jumping the gun, but it's still promising to hear that Jaclyn Smith will do a guest turn on 'Law & Order: SVU.' The actress, who'll never be more famous than she was as Kelly Garrett, one of the original 'Charlie's Angels,' gets to appear on the NBC show as a former police officer.

That's pretty ironic, too, because the whole twist about the 'Angels' is that they were frustrated as policewomen and Charlie plucked them out of going-nowhere careers fling papers and writing tickets to make them professional, private detectives in the thick of the action.

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TV Casting: Clooney's Girlfriend Finds 'Leverage'; Brooke Burke to Dance Again?

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 18th 2010 12:45PM
Elisabetta CanalisElisabetta Canalis, better known as George Clooney's current girlfriend, is reportedly in talks to play a "mysterious international secret agent" on season 3 of TNT's hit drama 'Leverage.' Clooney reportedly put her in touch with friend and guest star Richard Kind, who then connected her with the show's producers. Further proof that it pays to be George Clooney's girlfriend. [US Mag]

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Is Christopher Meloni Leaving 'SVU'? In a Tweet, "No"

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 8th 2010 1:15PM
Rest easy, 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' fans. Despite a story published on Friday (and later yanked offline) in Australia's Courier-Mail newspaper, Christopher Meloni is not quitting his day job as Det. Elliot Stabler on 'SVU.' At least, that's what his boss says.

'SVU' executive producer Neal Baer debunked the rumor in a tweet. Asked by a fan if the story about Meloni's departure was true, Baer simply replied, "No." To another fan's similar question, he replied, "Don't believe everything you read in the papers!"

The original article purportedly quoted Meloni as saying that he'd be leaving the show at the end of the 2010-11 season to focus on theater and film, and that he felt 12 years on the show would be enough. It also purportedly quoted his TV partner Mariska Hargitay as saying she hoped Stabler doesn't get written off the show by being killed because that would devastate her character, Det. Olivia Benson.

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Is Christopher Meloni Really Done with 'Law and Order: SVU'?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 5th 2010 4:02PM
christopher_meloni_law_and_order_svuThings haven't really been going very well on NBC, and now here's another kick in the shins. Actor Christopher Meloni is talking about leaving 'Law and Order: SVU' at the end of this season. That's right. No more New York detective Elliot Stabler. What's going on and why?

Well, after a dozen years pounding the pavement and fighting the good fight as Elliot, Meloni is interested in doing something else with his career. In an interview Down Under with the Australian Courier-Mail, Meloni said, "I think 12 years is enough." Eight is enough, yes, but twelve?

Anyway, Chris goes on to say that he has interest in doing film projects and returning to the theater. As for the future of Elliot on 'Law and Order: SVU,' Meloni believes he's giving the writers plenty of time to work out a satisfactory exit. He said, "The writers will have fertile ground to figure out how to arc [his way] out to another place, whether it's this world or the next."

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NBC Says Yes to More Episodes of 'Community,' 'Law & Order,' 'Trauma' and 'Parks'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 20th 2010 4:11PM
CommunityWell, it looks like NBC is doing something right.

Amidst an ongoing late-night war between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, the network has handed out additional episode orders to a number of its shows.

According to the Live Feed, NBC has ordered four more episodes of 'Trauma,' bringing its season 1 total to 20. 'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation' also received handouts, with three and two new episodes, respectively.

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NBC's new 10 PM lineup includes Seinfeld, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2010 4:02PM
NBC logoIn the middle of the raging late-night war, NBC has let word about their post-Olympics 10 pm schedule slip to those in the know, including Joe Adalian of TheWrap.com.

As NBC entertainment president Jeff Gaspin explained earlier in the week, the slot will contain a combination of reality and scripted shows, and news. The pleasant surprises: Parenthood is slotted at 10 PM ET on Tuesdays, after NBC's hit The Biggest Loser. It starts March 2. Law & Order starts continues its season with a two-hour episode on March 1, and will settle into a Monday at 10 slot on March 8. SVU goes to Wednesdays at 10 on March 3, led in by reruns of the show.

On the reality front, Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref will air at 10 PM ET after the Thursday comedy block, starting March 4 (it sneak previews after the Olympic closing ceremonies on Feb. 28). And on Fridays, a two-hour Dateline will bow at 9, preceded first by the reality series Who Do You Think You Are, starting March 5, then Friday Night Lights on April 30.

Got it? There will be a quiz later.

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TV Casting: Kathy Bates Joins 'The Office'; Dana Carvey Plans TV Comeback

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 11th 2010 10:30AM
Kathy BatesKathy Bates and Debra Winger are among the many stars lined up for guest spots on NBC this month. On Feb. 4, Bates will begin a multi-episode role on 'The Office,' playing the CEO of a company that takes over Dunder Mifflin. Winger, meanwhile, will play a high school principal on the Jan. 29 episode of 'Law & Order.' Also pegged for guest appearances include 'The Sopranos'' Michael Imperioli on 'Mercy' (Jan. 13) and the return of Jon Hamm on '30 Rock' (Feb. 11). [TV Guide]

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Sharon Stone to guest on Law and Order SVU

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 5th 2010 10:02PM
sharon_stone_earringsRemember how Sharon Stone first made her claim to fame? No, I don't mean her imitating Cybill Shepherd in the comedy Irreconcilable Differences with Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long and Drew Barrymore. I'm talking about Basic Instinct, of course. As Catherine Trammell, she had perhaps the most famous crossed-knee move ever in the movies.

Well, now the star will be returning to the crime genre. Sharon will be appearing on NBC's Law and Order SVU later this season.

Stone will be appearing in a four-show arc, playing a former cop who's become a prosecutor, an assistant district attorney. That means instead of answering questions, she'll be asking them.

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NBC chief vows to renew Law and Order

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2010 9:00AM
law_and_order_nbcIf Dick Wolf's Festivus wish was to get Law and Order renewed for another season on NBC, he got what he wished for. NBC chief Angela Bromstad has vowed to renew Law and Order for season 21. That'll mean that Wolf's show will break the long-running record of 20 seasons for a dramatic series held by Gunsmoke.

Bromstad's vow presumably extends to Law and Order SVU, as well, especially since it does better in the ratings. Of course, nothing on the NBC slate is doing particularly well this season with the exception of the National Football League and The Biggest Loser. All the scripted series have struggled in the Nielsens. The Jay Leno Show experiment has been anything but a boon for the prime time schedule, no matter how NBC spins it.

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Bill O'Reilly gets in snipefest with Law & Order

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 11th 2009 6:43PM
As part of his never-ending quest to make himself the news, the "Culture Warrior" has lobbed another fireball on the world of popular culture. This time it's Law & Order SVU creator Dick Wolf, because the show mentioned him.

This week's episode, titled "Anchor," featured a character who kills children birthed by illegal immigrants in America. His attorney, played by John Laroquette, fashions a defense that the TV and radio talking heads who rail against illegal immigrants are responsible for his actions. He even puts one on the stand, played by Bruce McGill, who seems to be channeling a Warner Bros. cartoon version of Lou Dobbs.

The attorney mentions O'Reilly by name, along with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, as a "cancer spreading ignorance and hate." O'Reilly not only ripped Wolf a new one for working him into his show, but also brought in fellow pundit Laura Ingraham who frankly seemed more upset that she wasn't one of the name smeared in the episode like a jilted prom queen who only scores "Miss Congeniality". Well, darling, there's always Criminal Minds.

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Kathy Griffin lands guest spot on Law and Order SVU

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 17th 2009 8:09AM
kathy_griffin_close-upThere's another Bravo to NBC crossover afoot. First, The Real Housewives of New Jersey popped over to play themselves on Mercy. Now it turns out that Kathy Griffin is on her way to Law and Order: SVU. And, get this, she's not playing herself. The queen of the D-list will be acting.

Kathy has been tapped to play a lesbian activist in the February 10 episode. As anyone who's watched Kathy on her Emmy-award winning reality show, My Life on the D-List, Kathy is a shameless over-achiever and loves to work. She's ambitious and determined to get off the D-list. As she might say, she would go to the opening of a refrigerator if it would help her career.

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