Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Law & Order Episode Information Week of 5/31/09

It’s season finale week in the Law & Order Universe for two of the shows in the franchise. We’ve been told someone dies in SVU, and all we know from the preview of Law & Order is that Jack McCoy is suddenly struck speechless. (Let’s hope there is more to the latter than that.) There is also a new episode of Law & Order Criminal Intent this week.

Photo from NBC

An excerpt from an NBC press release also provides this information on the SVU finale:

CAROL KANE, NICK STAHL TO GUEST STAR ON NBC'S 'LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT' Kane to Reprise Role as Detective Munch's Ex-Wife in Season Finale Episode to Air Tuesday, June 2

NEW YORK – May 26, 2009 – Two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Carol Kane will guest-star in the season finale of NBC'S "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," executive producer Neal Baer announced today. Kane reprises her role as Gwen Munch, the ex-wife of Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer), who last appeared with him in an episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in 1997. "Zebras," SVU's season finale, will be telecast on NBC Tuesday, June 2 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT).

In "Zebras," a young woman is killed in Central Park, and when a clerical error ruins the case, the police rush to find more evidence before the killer takes revenge on the squad.

"We're thrilled to have Gwen Munch return to her true love, Detective John Munch, to help lead him to a deranged killer (Nick Stahl) who is after a member of the SVU family," said Baer.
In addition, Nick Stahl guest-stars as Peter Harrison, a once promising young artist who is now lost in the paranoia of mental illness. Fearing SVU Detectives are persecuting him, he turns on them after he may have murdered an innocent young mother.

Here is the information for all three episodes.

Photo from USA Network
Law & Order Criminal Intent “Astoria Helen” Air Date May 31, 2009
A charming con man targets a lonely, single mother to try to hit an armored truck carrying millions of dollars; Nichols (Jeff Goldblum) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) investigate when one of the con man's partners dies weeks later. (Preview clip and promo videos below.)

My recap and review of Law & Order Criminal Intent “Astoria Helen" can be found here.

Photo from NBC

Law & Order SVU “Zebras” Season Finale Air Date June 2, 2009

When a tourist is found dead in Central Park with the word “guilty” written across her forehead, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) recover photos from the victim’s camera. With the help of crime scene unit technician Dale Stuckey (Guest Star Noel Fisher), they discover that former artist Peter Harrison (Guest Star Nick Stahl) was at the park during the crime. After arresting Harrison for questioning, the detectives leave Detectives John Munch (Richard Belzer) and Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) to keep Harrison under close surveillance. But when Harrison suddenly escapes, Detective Munch (Belzer) must turn to his ex-wife Gwen (Guest Star Carol Kane) for help. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Much), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU "Zebras" can be found here.

Law & Order “The Drowned and the Saved” Season Finale Air Date June 3, 2009

The murder of a prominent charity executive leads Detectives Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Bernard (Anthony Anderson) down a twisted path of political intrigue. The detectives discover a connection between the murdered executive's secretary, her ex-boyfriend and a top politician's wife. The investigation takes a turn when claims of stalking and blackmail surface, revealing a secret desire for a newly vacated seat in the State Senate. Also stars S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, Linus Roache and Alana de la Garza.

My recap and review of Law & Order " The Drowned and the Saved " can be found here.

USA Promo Law & Order CI “Astoria Helen”

Preview Clip Law & Order CI “Astoria Helen”

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Anonymous said...

I don't see a preview for L&O so, in the absence of more info, methinks the top politician's wife may be Rita Shalvoy (Allison Elliot) who implied she had her own political ambitions in Excaliber. I can't wait to see this ep!

Shelly said...

Is it me, or does NBC promote the Mothership far less than SVU, or far less than USA promotes CI? Maybe I'm hyper-sensitive because the original is still my favorite, but it seems as if you find less things from NBC to post re the MS than you do SVU, such as those behind the scenes clips you posted the other day from SVU.

Anonymous, I think you have an excellent point re Rita Shalvoy. She may end up being the downfall of her husband...

Can't wait to see Gwen Munch reunited with John... it's gonna be fun!

All Things Law and Order said...

Shelly, it's not you. NBC does a horrible job in promoting Law & Order. How hard could it be for them to post a video clip or a photo from the episode here or there? They provide virtually nothing. Maybe ratings would be better if they actually showed that they themselves believed in the show?

Anonymous said...

Also, the stars themselves never do anything to promote the show. I don't recall ever seeing one member of that current cast of Law and Order on Jay Leno, David Letterman, Entertainment Tonight or even one of the morning talk shows. If they were, it was probably a long time ago. I believe when Jerry Orbach passed away. Its amazing L&O is one of the longest running shows on TV and no one seems to care to give it respect.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, I stand corrected. My friend just informed me that the TV Guide Channel did an hour long show on the cast and show of L&O a couple of months ago. I unfortunately did not see it. I don't watch the TV Guide Channel. Still it would be nice if one of the prime shows would have them on.

Shelly said...

Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one who noticed NBC's lack of publicity for the MS. I know the devoted fans will find it, but the casual fans who MIGHT tune in if they knew it were on, are the ones NBC is losing.

Does anyone know if there's any way to see that TV Guide Channel special, or if there's any way to find clips of the show? We don't get the TV Guide Channel anymore, and even when we did, we never watched... lol...

Anonymous said...

Do you have any friends that get the TV Guide Channel. Maybe they will air a rerun over the summer. Perhaps someone you know can tape it. If not you could always try contacting TV Guide Channelto see if its possible to get a tape. That is if you want to pay for it.

Andrew said...

For what it's worth, NBC actually has provided a preview clip for the finale as well as a few photos.

All Things Law and Order said...

Thanks Andrew - I have the information up in a new blog entry!