Exclusive: Perry, Bowen, Gilbert Summoned to 'SVU'

Perrybowengilbert_lYou know what they say: Where there’s smoke, there’s usually a red-hot casting scoop.

There I was, enjoying a late-night dinner Sunday on New York’s Upper West Side when who, pray tell, should walk by but Dylan McKay himself — Luke Perry! I quickly asked myself, “Self: What’s Luke Perry doing in the Big Apple?”

A few phone calls, two picked locks and one well-placed bribe later, I got my answer: He’s in town shooting an episode of Law & Order: SVU. And not just any episode: Perry’s appearing in the hit procedural’s Sept. 23 season premiere, an hour that also features guest turns by Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, ER) and Julie Bowen (Lost, Boston Legal, Ed).

According to sources, the plot revolves around a couple (Perry and Bowen) that stands accused of abusing their foster child. Gilbert plays the boy’s biological mother.

The episode also marks the debut of SVU‘s new ADA, played by One Tree Hill knockout Michaela McManus, and deals with the repercussions of Benson’s attempted rape, and answers some lingering questions surrounding the possible transfer of Ice-T’s Fin.

Bottom line: This episode is going to be smokin‘!


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  • Alexandra

    don’t you mean Benson’s attempted rape? I don’t remember Stabler almost being raped/raping someone.

  • Mallory

    Stabler’s attempted rape? Do you mean Benson’s- aka Olivia’s? I do not remember Stabler being nearly raped nor nearly raping someone, but I do remember Olivia undercover in prison almost being raped….

  • Alexandra

    Wow Ausiello reads these comments fast LOL! Fixed it already. It’s why you rock :D

  • Padraig

    For someone who is *supposedly* a huge fan of Mariska Hargitay, it does seem odd that Mr. Ausiello would so easily confuse her character’s last name with her partner’s last name.
    But clearly he meant “Benson” and not “Stabler” when talking about dealing with the repercussions from an attempted rape.

  • Anonymous

    But the more important question is how did Luke look that night? LOL

  • Buckly

    I love me some Julie Bowen. She needs another full time gig somewhere soon.

  • Mandy

    Interesting casting. I can’t wait to see this episode!

  • All Things Law & Order

    Michael, you reported a few weeks back that James Brolin and Chris Elliot were also slated for the season premier. Are all these people really going to be in one episode?
    (your original scoop said “where he’ll play an ex-military man with a connection to Chris Meloni’s Stabler in the show’s season premiere. The episode will also feature Chris Elliott as a stalkerish-looking dude who’s accused of being — OMFG! — a stalker.”

  • Rasha

    Oh that does sound like a great episode. Now I only have to wait two months until I can see it!
    Sadly, I’m not excited about that Michaela McManus is “SVU’s” new ADA. She was very stiff and phoned in her performance of the doomed fiancée on “One Tree Hill.” Granted, the writing there leaves a lot to be desired and I’m sure she deserves a medal for working opposite Chad Michael Murray. I was hoping they would give the part to the wonderful and gorgeous actress who played Simone on “Heroes.” Hopefully, McManus will rise to the occasion!

  • mdaily

    Hope this season is not a repeat of the last one, where so many promising storylines just fell flat with not enough follow-through (Stabler being blinded story anyone?).

  • Anonymous

    I love Dylan McKaY!!!!! After the demise of John from Cincinnati I was sad because I never thought I would see him again. Maybe after he rocks this ep he can go on to 90210. I miss the Brenda/Dylan/Kelly love triangle. ~~~~BrEndA + DyLaN 4eVer!!!!!~~~~

  • Dee

    Buckly,are you watching Weeds,cuz Julie’s has a guest arc this season as a soccer mom who’s interested in Silas.

  • Mar

    OH SNAP! Another OZ reunion!
    I’m going to miss Casey, though.

  • Joy

    I truly hope the producers don’t eliminate Fin from the show, and that he and Munch get more storylines this season. I love both their characters!
    As for Ausiello, I think he’s simply too exhausted after the ComicCon. Surely his love for Hargitay remains intact, right?

  • Michaela McManus as an ADA? Yeah, and monkeys just flew out of my butt.

    I didn’t believe she could read, let alone pass as a “book editor”, on OTH. Now we’re supposed to believe that she has a law degree AND is capable of trying major cases? PLEASE.

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