Alec Baldwin to guest star as 'a controversial New York newspaper columnist' on 'Law & Order: SVU'

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While Alec Baldwin just penned a column in which he vows to quit public life, he’s not leaving just yet: We’ve got details about his upcoming guest appearance on Law & Order: SVU.

Baldwin will play Jimmy MacArthur, “a controversial New York newspaper columnist who questions the SVU squad’s motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case.” Rumor has it that MacArthur will directly butt heads with SVU’s finest, Sergeant Olivia Benson.

“New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom,” Executive Producer Warren Leight said in a press release. “In our story, ‘Jimmy Mac’s’ reporting  interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial. We couldn’t ask for a better actor for Mariska to work with in her directorial debut. Their chemistry on screen is palpable.”

But Baldwin isn’t the only one appearing in Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut episode: Katie Couric is set to cameo, “playing herself as a talk show host who quizzes MacArthur about the headline grabbing case.”

The episode airs Wednesday, March 19, at 9 p.m.on NBC.

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