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Pablo Schreiber is returning to 'Law & Order: SVU' -- EXCLUSIVE

Paging Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay): your worst nightmare (yes, that worst nightmare) is about to come back.

EW has learned that Pablo Schreiber — who made Detective Benson’s life a living hell at the beginning of Law & Order: SVU‘s 15th season as psychotic killer rapist William Lewis — is returning to incite another round of terror. This time, his victim will be a 12-year-old girl, whom he’ll hold hostage with the intent of luring Benson back back into his clutches.


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

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.

Alec Baldwin to guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU'

Jack Donaghy is back in New York! Well, technically, Alec Baldwin is, but that’s a minor detail.

EW has confirmed that Baldwin will return to television this spring when he’s set to guest star on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU. There are no details available surrounding Baldwin’s role, but we do know that he is slated to act in Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut episode.

Law & Order: SVU returns Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. on NBC.

'Revenge,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Castle': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Scoops up!

Get ‘em while they’re hot. And if you wait too long, they’ll curdle. Better yet, stir and drink! Stir and drink! (That went on much longer than I thought it would…)

Point being: Enjoy this week’s scoops! Got a question? Send it my way, please. And to those who sent in queries — thanks, as always!


Is new 'Law & Order: SVU' episode inspired by Chris Brown and Rihanna? -- VIDEO

Next week’s Law and Order: SVU sounds eerily like Chris Brown and Rihanna’s relationship.

Officially, of course, it’s not about them. (UPDATE: A rep for the show told EW “As always, SVU is fiction.”) The promo features a popular music couple where the man is an abuser and the woman keeps going back to him. Because this is SVU, there is of course a twist: The male singer winds up getting murdered.

Here is the episode description: ” ‘Funny Valentine’ – A promising singer is brutally attacked by her boyfriend, a popular hip hop star. ADA Barba (guest star Raul Esparza) works to build a case, but the victim refuses to aid the prosecution and, despite Detective Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) best efforts, continues to put herself in danger. The case quickly spirals into a media circus, perpetrated by both the defendant and his uncompromising attorney (guest star Jeffrey Tambor). …Special appearances by Perez Hilton, Dave Navarro and Wendy Williams.”

So all that, plus Perez Hilton. Are we feeling grossed out yet? The promo is below: READ FULL STORY

Mike Tyson to guest on 'Law & Order: SVU'

The case of the missing ear?

Mike Tyson will guest-star on Law & Order: SVU, EW has confirmed. Tyson’s publicist told EW that he’ll shoot his episode later this month. It will air Feb. 13. USA Today first reported that Tyson, making his TV acting debut (not playing himself), will portray Reggie Rhodes, “a murderer on death row who is also the victim of a difficult childhood.”

This isn’t the only news in the most recent chapter of Tyson’s controversial life. Post-Hangover, Tyson had been performing a one-man show (read EW’s review) and in October, launched the Mike Tyson Cares Foundation.

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'SVU' Q&A: Showrunner Warren Leight teases a season of suspicion -- and a '50 Shades'-inspired ep

leaving, in a way, opened up a lot of new possibilities. The thing that you worry about most is the thing that often works in your favor.”

Heading into season 14, which premieres tonight. SVU has some momentum to maintain. Leight is confident that introducing some new faces (Paget Brewster, Adam Baldwin) and dynamics (key word: suspicion) will be just the trick. If the show’s performance as NBC’s highest-rated drama finale last season is any indication, he may be on to something. Read what Leight has in store for SVU‘s double-barrel opener below, plus see how a certain ultra-popular erotic novel makes its way onto the show. READ FULL STORY

Ex-'Criminal Minds' star Paget Brewster books 'Law & Order: SVU' gig

Paget Brewster is taking crime-fighting ways to NBC.

The former Criminal Minds star, who left her post on the CBS procedural at the end of the last season, is set to guest star on Law & Order: SVU. She will play the head of the D.A.’s Public Integrity Unit, which is tasked with handling the case against Capt. Cragen (Dann Florek), who is suspected of murder. She will appear in the show’s two-hour season premiere, airing Sept. 26.

Law & Order: SVU is entering it’s 14th season on the Peacock network.

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'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in Spoiler Room

Your patience in waiting for this week’s column is greatly appreciated. As you know, Team EW TV has been a busy bunch these past few days with season finales and network upfronts. But not too busy to bring you some scoop on the last batch of season finales, many of which are tonight!

So sit back and enjoy your pre-weekend treat. Also, don’t forget to send in your questions to And since I’m sure you’ve been geeking out over the new fall TV offerings, feel free to include questions on newbie shows, like Arrow, Revolution, Nashville, etc. I’ll try to include a few next week. See you then! READ FULL STORY

Harry Connick Jr. to join 'Law & Order: SVU'

Crooner Harry Connick Jr. is coming to Law & Order: SVU.

He’ll play a love interest for Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) in a four-episode arc. Connick Jr. will play a “dedicated, straight-shooting” assistant district attorney named David Haden who’s assigned a case with Bensen when sparks begin to fly. According to a release from NBC, Benson is at first hesitant to get close to Haden before realizing the two are a good team. “As the case develops, so does their relationship,” says the release.

Benson is a lucky girl — and Hargitay knows it. “This is a home run on so many levels,” Hargitay said in a release. “The show is very fortunate to have Harry’s extraordinary talent, and I’m lucky because I get to work with my friend. I think Olivia couldn’t have asked for a better companion to take her through a new stage in her life and career.” To see Hargitay and Connick on set, watch the video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Should old TV acquaintance be forgot? Never! -- Your New Year's Day TV marathons guide

Don’t worry, TV watchers. We know you probably had a rough night last night. We know you might just want to kick-start your New Year’s resolution from the comfort of your couch, and we’re here to help. Below, a guide to the shows on hand and the resolutions that you could adopt while watching, from a Star Wars threepeat to The Three Stooges, from Mad Men to Murder, She Wrote, and everything in between.  READ FULL STORY

T.R. Knight as 'Law & Order: SVU' suspect first look video -- EXCLUSIVE

T.R. Knight makes his TV return next week on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and EW has some first-look video. Here, the SVU team are tracking a serial rapist. Family man Gabriel (Knight) is their prime suspect. The guest casting is Knight’s first major TV series appearance since he left ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy two years ago. The episode airs next Wednesday at 10 p.m., check out the exclusive clip below: READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' gives Fox a nightly win; 'Suburgatory' welcomed into 'hood with open arms

FOX’s two-hour broadcast of The X Factor (3.9 rating/11 share) gave the network a win among adults 18-49, growing by 41 percent over the course of the night. The network’s already bragging that this marks the first time in Fox history that it has won the first two Wednesdays of the season — which could say more about the competition and less about Simon Cowell, but time will definitely tell.

Numbers are based on early results, which means X Factor could see improvements with the finals that come in this afternoon. READ FULL STORY

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