Thursday, February 23, 2017

Law & Order SVU “No Surrender” Recap & Review



The advance details for this episode released by NBC stated “Fin (Ice T) revisits his military roots when a fellow Army Ranger (guest star Sarah Booth) struggles to recover from a sexual assault.” I think fans were hoping this would be an episode centered on Fin but no, he was no more than window dressing. This was the biggest flaw I saw in this episode. They had a great opportunity to use Fin’s background and understanding of the culture as an Army Ranger to lead this case and to be front and center in helping the victim, a female Army Ranger, come to grips with her sexual assault. Instead, they gave the lead to Benson, and relegated Fin’s revelation that he was Ranger to nothing more than a footnote. It also implied that a male SVU detective is incapable of providing the needed support to a female victim. I would have been very interested to seeing how Fin handled this, instead, we got the same old platitudes from Benson.

I realize that viewers should care about what happened to the victim opposed to the likeability of the victim, but I admit I have a hard time engaging in an episode where the victim does not appear sympathetic at all. In this case, it may be because the victim herself made it quite clear that she didn’t want any sympathy. By the time she realized who assaulted her, it was hard to feel anything for her. The fact that she also beat her assailant/former fiancé bloody didn’t help either. I wonder if, in her press conference, she would have also admitted that she did take matters into her own hands and lashed out with uncontrolled violence? I doubt it. A lawyer could probably argue that she beat him up as she suffered from some sort of PTSD from the assault. Regardless, there seemed to be a disconnect with her press conference which seemed to allow her to keep her status as the Army Ranger “golden girl” when clearly she used her training to administer her own form of justice.

We jumped back in episode time to January (the previous episode took place in February), and it looked like fall outside. I understand the filming schedule doesn’t always allow the scenery to fit with the dates on the episode time cards, and changes with the episode airing schedule don’t help either. Had Captain Beth Williams, the victim, not mentioned the actual date in her press conference, maybe the date in the time cards could have been altered at least to fit in with the overall episode sequence. While I really enjoy having the date cards peppered though an episode, sometimes it increases the sense of continuity errors.




Here is the recap:

Cast:
Mariska Hargitay - Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Ice-T - Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Guest stars:
Sarah Booth - Captain Beth Williams
Ryan Metcalf - Mickey Reid
Joe Holt - Major Robert Dantley
Frankie G - Jose Marquez
Brian Charles Johnson - George "G-Man" Fortino
Leslie Lyles - Sylvia Williams
Betsy Aidem - Doctor
Perry Yung - Master Randy Lui
Steve Rosen – Public Defender Guthrie
Kris Eivers - Gary Cook
Stephen Bradbury – Judge Colin McNamara
Joe Hansard – Kevin Collins
Christopher LaPanta - General Fuller
Jane Fergus – Newscaster
Babs Winn - Female Party Guest
Thomas Grube – Male Party Guest
Camari Brown - Jogger


A new ad for the US Army “2.0” is unveiled in a meeting with military officials which features Captain Beth Williams. They praise her service and her abilities and they want the country will hear her story on her 3-month tour with Major Robert Dantley. She is told this is her new mission. She is pleased.

At a congratulatory party, Beth kisses her fiancé Mickey Reid who states their wedding will be next year on May 20. They ask her to make a speech and she talks about what drives her and where she finds her strength – here with her home and family. He fiancé suggest they toast with Champagne for their real friends and real pain for their sham friends. They seem happy.

Later, a man out for a jog at night sees blood on the ground and a woman also on the ground crawling away nearby. He races up to her and asks if she is okay but she strains and says she is good. It is Beth. He tells her not to move, he will help her, and he calls for an ambulance.

Benson arrives on the scene; the woman is being tended to by EMTs, Benson arrives with Fin already on scene. Fin explains that the vic’s name is Beth Williams; a jogger found her and she is in bad shape, she can barely talk. It appears she was sexually assaulted; her skirt was torn and her underwear was pulled down and she had blunt force trauma to the back of the head. The uni found a military ID; she’s a captain in the US Army. She is a Ranger, the best of the best. Fin explains this is why he called her, he thought she’d want to be early on this. Benson reads the info from Fin’s phone which says Beth Williams, born and raised in Queens, is the first woman to graduate Ranger school, 3 tours in Iraq, and earned a silver star. Benson comments that a local girl makes good and this is her welcome home present. She shakes her head.

It is now morning and Fin shows Benson a rock with blood on it used for the blunt force trauma which CSU is photographing and running for prints. Carisi approaches an announces that CSU found a backpack under a bush with $5,000 and asks when Fin was a Ranger did he ever walk around with 5 grand? Fin says it was more like $5. Carisi wonders why the perp left that behind, and Benson suggests that is not what he was after. Fin asks why she was walking around with 5 G’s cash and when Carisi says with this neighborhood, it kind of narrows it down, Benson tells him not to jump to conclusions. She tells Fin to coordinate with the Army CID and see if they know anything and tells Carisi t get with Rollins at the hospital and she will meet him there. She tells him to find out what Captain Williams was doing there.


At Columbus Memorial at 568 West 113th street on Monday, January 9, Benson meets up with Rollins and Carisi. Rollins explained Beth just got out of neuro ICU and they sutured up her head wound and it sounds like she is okay but they are keeping her there until they can rule out complications, She adds they can talk to Beth as long as they keep it short. Carisi is glad she is alright and Rollins states Beth put up a fight, there are several offensive wounds with lots of cuts and scratches on her knuckles. Benson comments a woman like her will not go down without putting up a fight. There is some blood on her leg and some may have come from the perp. Benson tells them to run it. Rollins says the family has been contacted and the mom and fiancé are in the waiting room. Benson instructs them to talk to the family and she will talk to Beth.

Rollins speaks with Beth's mom Sylvia who said they had a party to celebrate her graduation from Ranger school. She left early and Beth said she would be home later but when she didn’t show up she figured she spent the night with Mickey. Rollins asks about the cash and whys she’d be walking around with that kind of money and Sylvia does not know.


Benson enters Beth’s hospital room and introduces herself and asks if she is feeling well enough to talk. Beth looks like she is going to cry and says nothing. Benson assures her it is going to be okay, she promises. Beth, struggling to compose herself, thanks her, and says she appreciates that. Benson asks if she can ask a few questions and Beth agrees. When Benson asks if she knows who did this to her, Beth says she can’t believe this really happened. She says the timing is…then says this is the last thing she needs right now. When Benson asks what does she mean, Beth explains she is staring a press tour next week for the Army. The goal is to project strength, courage, power. She says she can’t be in here talking about getting raped. She cries. Benson explains that nothing has changed, she is the same person before this, the same strong person, and asks again if she can tell her what happened. Beth is silent and Benson asks if Beth knows who did this to her. Beth says nothing. She then says she wants to talk to Major Dantley, her superior officer. Benson says she understands but the more she can tell her the more helpful she can be. The door opens and a doctor enters and says they need to take Beth upstairs for more tests. Benson asks for two more minutes, but Beth begins to get out of the bed and the doctor explains they need to do this quick, she has already discussed this with the other detective, Benson looks surprised and Beth says she is okay, she can walk. She walks away from the bed and out of the room, and Benson follows.

Law & Order SVU "Know It All" Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU "Know It All" which will air on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. (Note: the episode name has not officially been released by NBC but EP Julie Martin did relay the information via tweet on February 23, 2017.)




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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Law & Order SVU “No Surrender” Sneak Peeks

Here are preview clips from Law & Order SVU “No Surrender” which will air on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9 PM ET on NBC. The previews feature Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, and Peter Scanavino.


My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “No Surrender” can be found at this link.




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Added February 21, 2017

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Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations” Recap & Review


“Great Expectations” was one of those episodes that made me feel like something was “off” the entire time. We had to wait quite a while to see it; it was originally scheduled to air in November,  then postponed because of game 7 of the World Series.  Technically this was episode #400 in airing sequence, not ”Motherly Love” which aired last week. As the episode was filmed long before the air date, in some scenes we saw nice greenery and flowering shrubs outdoors in the background, not likely for February when this episode now took place. There was also an error in the time stamps of the video surveillance footage outside the locker room. When Rollins shows the video to one of the boys and his mother, the video first shows a date of 2/4/2017, then changes in the next shot to 12/8/2016.

Carisi also mentions a story about how he was bullied when he was younger and his face was pushed through a plate glass window and he was bleeding and all cut up. He must have had a great plastic surgeon because Carisi’s face shows zero evidence of scarring. I knew someone who was cut badly falling into a plate glass door, I can tell you that those cuts leave some scars. Maybe this is why Fin thought that Carisi made up the story? Of course, Carisi never told Rollins that he didn’t, but based on the look he gave her, I think we are to assume that the story was true.

While the overall story was predictable, it was a surprise that the victim of Kyle’s assault had died. I would also have liked to understand more about why they wanted to try Kyle as an adult. Seeing some of the legal wrangling behind this would have been interesting. The excuse that they wanted to make an example of him because of the increase in hazings seemed thin.




Here is the recap:

Cast:
Mariska Hargitay - Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Ice-T - Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Guest stars:
Brent Sexton - Jim Turner
Gia Crovatin - Samantha Chapman
Amy Spanger - Helen Turner
Brian Hutchinson - Frank Wilson
Erika Rolfsrud - Linda Wilson
Lincoln Melcher - Kyle Turner
Christopher Paul Richards - Jack Wilson
Ben Cook - Adam Turner
Olga Merediz – Judge Roberta Martinez
Taylor Miller – Attorney Ryan Egan
Josh Banks - Peter Brown
Drew Beasley - Timmy Brown
Elijah Richardson - Will Harris
Tanesha Gary - Donna Brown
Brad Fraizer - Coach Gordon Sheen
Eric Elizaga – Dr. Stephen Hale
Althea Colon – Nurse Sofia Perez
Maxell Kenneth Owens – Mark Turner


During a youth hockey game, while his family watches, Jack Wilson misses an important shot and the team loses the game. The coach and one of the parents are less than thrilled. Afterwards in the locker room, Jack is taunted by 2 of his teammates, but Kyle steps in and tells the other boys that is enough.

As Jack is leaving the arena with his mother, his is clearly having difficulty walking, and when he collapses, his mother sees he is bleeding from his rectal area.


Later, at the hospital, Benson steps out of the elevator to a waiting Carisi. She asks what do they have, and Carisi explains that the victim, Jack Wilson, 13, plays for the New York City Whitecaps, the best youth hockey program in the state. Jack’s team had a game this morning but they lost after he missed a last-second shot. His mother noticed he was bleeding in the parking lot afterwards and brought him to the hospital. The doctor said there was tearing in his rectum caused by a blunt instrument, like a hockey stick. It sounds like a hazing. Benson states that sounds like sexual assault.

Benson and Carisi question Jack with his mother Linda present. Jack claims he doesn’t know what happened, saying that he fell on the ice. They continue to press him as his father Frank arrives and as the parents start to argue, Benson pulls them outside the room. The parents continue to argue and Carisi and Benson explain that Jack may be a victim of sexual assault, not a prank. Jack’s teammate Kyle Turner arrives with his father Jim Turner and Carisi tells them Jack may be a victim of a hazing. Jim explains that Kyle is the star of the team. Kyle insists he saw nothing, saying nobody gave Jack a hard time after the missed shot, and, looking to his father, says they are a team and they stick together. Benson explains they will have to speak with all the boys on the team but if he thinks of anything or remembers anything to let them know. She holds out her business card and Jim quickly grabs it. Franks suggests he check to see if Jack can have visitors and when Linda asks if they can see their son, Benson says yes, but to let them know if Jack remembers anything. After they leave, Benson comments that with all those players in the locker room, someone had to see something. Carisi says nobody wants to get out in front of this, even the victim. Benson instructs him to call Rollins to get over to the rink with Fin and talk to refs and coaches. She wants the name of every single player on either team, adding to have CSU head over to the locker room.

At the Hudson Sports Complex at Pier 33, Hudson River Piers on Saturday, February 4, Fin and Carisi speak with the coach who explains how the teams and competition works, thinking none of his boys would do something stupid. He says security cameras are around – not in the locker rooms – and management can give them whatever they have. When Fin asks if they have any troublemakers on the team, the coach asks if they have ever traveled on a bus for 4-1/2 hours full of 13-year-olds, saying they are all troublemakers. Fin says he means “repeat offenders” – kids who like to do stupid things. When the coach hesitates, Fin says he knows he doesn’t want to give up any of his players but he has to cooperate. The coach agrees, then mentions Timmy Brown and Will Harris, saying they are wild and they call them the “bash brothers” because they tend to get a little rough. They’ve never done anything like what happened to Jack; they wouldn’t last in the program as that is in violation of their contract which lays out their code of ethics and every player signs one. He insists it could not have been a Whitecap.

Back at SVU, Benson asks the detectives where are the with the “bang” brothers and Fin corrects her to “bash brothers.” Carisi explains they have never been in trouble with the law and no juvenile records. Fin adds their contracts are signed an notarized, it is a lot of rules for an eighth grader. Rollins comments she thinks she has something; the security footage from the rink shows that #26 and #9 left the locker room right before Jack. Carisi sees that *9 is Will Harris and #26 is Timmy Brown – the “bash brothers.” Benson says to bring them in, this wasn’t a couple kids playing grab ass, they need answers.

Law & Order SVU “No Surrender” Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU, “No Surrender” which will air on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9 PM ET on NBC.


My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “No Surrender” can be found at this link.




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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Law & Order SVU “No Surrender” Photos

Here are advance photos for Law & Order SVU, “No Surrender” which will air on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9 PM ET on NBC. The photos feature Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Sarah Booth as Captain Beth Williams, Richard Ryker as Jose Marquez, Kris Eivers as Gary Cook, and Joe Hansard as Keaton Collier.

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “No Surrender” can be found at this link.


















Photos by: David Giesbrecht/NBC 2016 NBCUniversal Media, LLC



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Friday, February 10, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations” Sneak Peek

Here is a preview clip from Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations” which will air on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The video features Mariska Hargitay and Peter Scanavino.


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” Recap & Review, The 400th Episode



Law & Order SVU celebrated its 400th episode, a huge milestone in television, and there aren’t many prime time scripted shows that have reached this number. (It’s technically not the 400th episode in airing order, but I’ll save that commentary for later in my review.) The episode was directed by Mariska Hargitay, and she had an excellent story to work with. A teenager shoots who he believes is an intruder raping his mother. But, as the story unfolds, we see it’s the mother who is the real rapist, preying on young boys, getting one of them killed by her own son when she misrepresents her raping him as him raping her.  The heartless mother later fabricates a story to take the blame off of herself and place it on her innocent son. Viewers had the advantage of seeing the immediate events that lead up to the shooting, so it was obvious that when “mommy dearest” changes her story, we know she’s lying. It would have been interesting to see how viewers would have perceived her change of story had we not seen what actually happened. It could have created more doubt in the minds of the jurors - and viewers - and she may have gotten away with it.

The story was well crafted (written by Executive Producers Rick Eid and Julie Martin) and, coupled with Mariska’s directing, brought out the best in every performer. The guest stars added an extra punch to the episode; Sarah Wynter was excellent as psycho-rapist mom and Delaney Williams was in perfect pompous form. I particularly enjoyed the face Buchanan made when he moved to hold Nicole’s hand while Luke was testifying, and she yanked her hand away. It was almost comedic. There were also splashes of humor in the delivery of some lines: Fin’s comment about “definitely more wrong here than dirty socks” and Barba’s “thanks so much for sharing” wisecrack.

My only annoyance – the whiny Luke. Clearly he had anxiety issues as his mom indicated, but he just grated on me in the worst way.  This is one kid in need of a psychiatrist, and not one from his own dysfunctional family.

Now, about that 400th episode thing. I’ve been saying for weeks that this wasn’t the 400th episode in airing order and this was no surprise to regular viewers. I am not sure if it was the 400th episode in filming order but I suspect it wasn’t that, either. My understanding is that two episodes were filmed in 2016 before “Motherly Love,” both of which have not yet aired.  “Great Expectations” and “Unstoppable” were scheduled to air in November but were yanked. (“Great Expectations” will air on February 15, 2017 and “Unstoppable” may never see the light of day.) Only those that know the production schedule can answer the question if it was #400 in filming schedule, so this is one mystery with this episode that remains publicly unsolved. It was NBC’s decision to alter the airing schedule so I don’t think we should blame anyone at the show for the fact that #400 is really #399.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the show for this amazing milestone, and know that fans appreciate your tireless work!

Note: 4 videos of deleted scenes have been added after the recap.


Cast:
Mariska Hargitay - Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Ice-T - Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Guest stars:
Sarah Wynter - Dr. Nicole Keller
Delaney Williams - Counselor John Buchanan
Daniel Cosgrove - Dr. Daniel Keller
Aaron Sanders - Luke Keller
Jason Bowen - Det. Marcus Perry
Jenna Stern - Judge Elana Barth
Benton Greene - Charles Franklin
Chantal Jean-Pierre - Regina Franklin
Olivia Sargent - Alexandra Handley
Donald Dash -Trey Franklin
Patrick Boll – James Miller
Gage Polchlopek – Ethan Miller
Diedre Madigan – Allison Avery
Lauren Noble – Carmen
Marc Lavasseur – Attorney Alan Schwartz
Salma Shaw – Jury Foreperson
Tim Pettolina – Male Patient



Here is the recap:

Luke Keller is on his way home, calling his mother from a car but she doesn’t answer. He leaves a message, wondering why she is not picking up on his repeated calls. He says he and his dad had a fight. He arrives at home and calls out to his mother. He hears strange sounds from her coming from another room. He gets on the phone then goes to his room and pulls out a rifle and carefully moves to the kitchen where the sounds come from. He sees his mother bent over the counter and a man – his face is blocked by the kitchen cabinet – is penetrating his mother from behind. She looks stunned, and Luke looks stunned, and she screams “Help! He’s raping me!” Luke raises the rifle.

Later, Benson arrives on the scene with Fin, Rollins, and Carisi. and Benson introduces herself to Detective Perry from homicide. He explains the DOA is Trey Franklin, 15, it was a rifle shot to the head at close range. When Benson comments that he said the shooter interrupted a rape, Perry comments it was Luke Keller, also 15, who saw Franklin assault his mother, Dr. Nicole Keller, 45. Rollins asks if he kept them separated, and Perry answers yes the secured the scene and the weapon and took the kid’s initial statement. He adds that the kid is upstairs and his mother is in the living room. Benson comments they will take the disclosure, and Perry explains this is why he called them. Benson calls Rollins to come with her and Fin and Carisi will take the son.

Inside, Carisi introduces himself and Fin to Luke who is being swabbed for evidence by a CSU tech. Luke said he had to do it because he was raping his mom, Fin tries to calm him, telling him to just breathe, they just want to know what happened. Luke explains he was supposed to spend the night at his dad’s but they got in a fight so he came home. Still upset, he states he left his dad’s about 9, saying he really wanted to talk to his mom. He tried calling but she wasn’t answering. He whines that his mother was staying home to do paperwork, she is a psychiatrist. He explains he got home about 10; it was dark and he heard a noise downstairs and he thought someone was breaking in so he called 911 and went to the closet to get his rifle. Carisi seems surprised about the rifle and looks at Fin, and Luke explains his dad gave it to him, his dad likes to go hunting. He walked into the kitchen and he was attacking his mom; she was staring at him and was so scared then screamed, “Help, he’s raping me” so he pulled the trigger. He didn’t think he was going to actually hit him.

Meanwhile, Benson and Rollins are speaking with Nicole who says she wants to see her son as he can’t handle the stress; he has a lot of generalized anxiety. Benson says she understands but right now they need to speak to both of them separately. Nicole, looking frazzled, agrees. Benson states she needs to know exactly what happened, from her perspective. Nicole explains she was in the kitchen getting some wine and she turned around and he was right there. She tried to get away but he overpowered her. Rollins asks if it was a break in or may be followed her home, and Nicole says no, she let him in. Benson and Rollins glance at each other and Benson mentions that Nicole let him in so she knew him. Nicole explains yes, he was her son’s best friend.

As Trey is being zipped into a body bag, Benson explains to Detective Perry that Nicole let Trey in voluntarily as he was Luke’s best friend. Perry comments this is why there is no sign of forced entry. When Carisi asks why, if Luke wasn’t; home that Nicole let Trey in, Benson explains that Nicole said Trey asked to come in and do his homework; apparently he is having a rough time at home. Perry asks that Trey just hung our while she was upstairs working, and Benson states that is what Nicole said. Carisi recaps that Luke unexpectedly walks in, hears his mother scream that he is being raped, and he fires, asking that they are not hearing premeditation at all. Perry comments that Luke called 911, and the rifle was locked up and registered to his father – technically not legal but the shooting sounds justified. He adds that Trey’s parents are on the way to the ME’s office and suggest he meet one of Benson’s guys over there. Benson agrees that is a good idea.

At Mercy Hospital at 365 West 32nd Street on Tuesday, January 24, Benson speaks to Nicole while she gets dressed after her medical exam. When Benson comments that Nicole said she knew she should not have let Trey in, Nicole said she had an instinct something was wrong, the way he looked at her. It made her uneasy. She is okay with him being friends with Luke as she felt bad for him as his family life is unstable. She said Trey came around 9 and she put her work away for the night and he asked where Luke was as they were supposed to study. Nicole told him there must have been a mix-up as Luke was at his father’s house in Westport. He asked if he could come in anyway and do his homework and she said yes and went upstairs to get ready for bed. She already had her nightgown on and had already started getting ready for bed when he rang the doorbell. Benson asks that she was in her nightgown when she answered the door and then went back up her upstairs and Nicole confirms she was already for bed and went back upstairs for about an hour. It started getting late so she went back downstairs and told Trey it was time to go home. Benson asks why she didn’t pick up when Luke called her, and Nicole claims she did not get the message or any messages; when she works sometimes she doesn’t even look at the phone and Luke was with his dad. Benson comments she was not working then as she said she wasn’t working then; Luke started to call at 9:30 to 10:00 and she had already put her work down for the night. Nicole agrees she had, she’d gone downstairs for a glass of wine to relax; that’s when she felt his presence behind her. She turned around and Trey was right there and he put his hands on her. She tried to stop it and tell him she understood sexual impulses and urges. She is a psychiatrist and she has dealt with this issue many times. He put her up against the kitchen counter and lifted up her nightgown and he forced himself inside her and she tried to scream but he put his hand on her mouth. There was a kitchen knife and she cries that she tried to reach it but it was too far away so she just closed her eyes and tried to survive and she thought about her son and she needed to stay alive for him. She looked up and saw he was there and she yelled help. The she heard the gunshot. She knew Luke had a gun in the house in a locked safe, it was a gift from his father, a hunter. Luke is not a hunter; he is so sensitive and hated the idea of having a gun in the house. He went hunting and there was a deer in his sight and he couldn’t even pull the trigger. She adds it doesn’t make sense and says she wants to see Luke.


Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations” Promo

Here is the promo Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations” which will air on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC.


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations” Photos

Here are advance photos for Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations” which will air on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The photos feature Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Amy Spanger as Helen Harris, Josh Banks as Peter White, Brent Sexton as Jim Harris, Drew Beasley as Timmy White, Elijah Richardson as Will Martin, Lincoln Melcher as Kyle Harris, Erika Rolfsrud as Linda Thompson, Tanesha Gary as Donna Martin, and Brad Fraizer as Coach Gordon Sheen.


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Photos by: Peter Kramer/NBC 2016 NBCUniversal Media, LLC



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Law & Order SVU Cast on The Today Show

The cast of Law & Order SVU appeared on The Today Show this morning in celebration of their 400th episode, Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” which will air on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. In attendance were Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, and Raúl Esparza. Here’s the video from The Today Show!

There appears to be a problem with the video embed code. Until I can find the corrected information, here is a link to the video:
The Today Show – Law & Order SVU cast celebrates 400 episodes





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Monday, February 6, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Follow Her Lead” Promo

Here’s a new promo for Law & Order SVU, titled “Follow Her Lead”. Don’t forget to watch Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” which will air on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC.







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Friday, February 3, 2017

Edie Falco Cast in NBC’s “Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders” (Press Release)

NBC Press Release February 3, 2017


FOUR-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNER EDIE FALCO CAST IN 
NBC’S ‘LAW & ORDER: TRUE CRIME — THE MENENDEZ MURDERS’

“Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie” Star to Play Defense Attorney Leslie Abramson in Dick Wolf-Produced Anthology Series

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Feb. 3, 2017 — Edie Falco, who won three Emmy Awards for her role as matriarch Carmela Soprano on HBO’s “The Sopranos” and an additional Emmy for the title role on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” has been cast as tenacious defense attorney Leslie Abramson on NBC’s upcoming “Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders.”

In addition to her four Emmy wins, Falco, widely known as one of the finest actresses of our generation, was Emmy nominated an additional nine times. She also earned 11 Golden Globe nominations for the two roles and won twice. Falco is the only actress to have won the Emmy for Best Actress in both the comedy and drama categories. She has been nominated for a record 22 SAG Awards and became the only actress ever to receive the Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award all in the same year for the same performance.

“Edie’s past iconic roles cement her place among the highest caliber of actresses working today and we couldn’t be happier that someone of her stature will be joining our upcoming ‘Menendez’ series,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We know she will do a remarkable job portraying the complexities of defense attorney Leslie Abramson and the issues that made her such a compelling figure.”

“I’ve known Edie for more than two decades,” said executive producer Dick Wolf. “Our working relationship started when she was among an elite group of actors who made multiple appearances asdefense attorneys on ‘Law & Order’ in the early ’90s. Edie was at the top of that list. She did a fabulous job on ‘Law & Order’ and, as Leslie Abramson, will knock the role out of the park.”

Falco, who most recently starred alongside Louis CK on his critically reviewed series “Horace and Pete,” has appeared on several seminal TV dramas, including “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order” and “Oz.” On the comedy side, she has appeared in guest roles on “Will & Grace” and “30 Rock.”

Falco’s lengthy film career includes “Laws of Gravity” (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead), “Bullets Over Broadway, “Cost of Living” (AFI Fest Award for Best Actress), “Judy Berlin” and “Sunshine State” (L.A. Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress).

Her upcoming films include “The Comedian,” opposite Robert De Niro; “Landline,” opposite Jenny Slate and John Turturro; “Megan Leavey,” with Kate Mara; and “Land of Steady Habits,” opposite Ben Mendelsohn.

A theater veteran as well, Falco has starred on Broadway in “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” “’night, Mother,” “Side Man,” in which she was a winner of the Theatre World Award, and opposite Ben Stiller in “The House of Blue Leaves,” for which she was Tony Award nominated and won a Drama Desk Award.

The eight-episode anthology series “Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders” will focus on Lyle and Erik Menendez, brothers who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The brothers, who were 21 and 18 years old, respectively, at the time of the murders, were tried separately but eventually convicted in a third trial after no verdicts were rendered in the first two trials because of hung juries.

Defense attorney Abramson represented the brothers through the three trials and claimed the brothers had suffered a lifetime of abuse from their parents. Their father, Jose Menendez, was accused of sexual abuse as well as being unusually cruel while mother Kitty Menendez was accused of being mentally unstable, and a violent drug and alcohol abuser.

Rene Balcer will write and executive produce with Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney through Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television.

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Law & Order SVU 400th Episode Congratulatory Promo

Here is a special extended promo for the 400th episode of Law & Order SVU, “Motherly Love” which will air on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The promo congratulates Law & Order SVU on their 400th episode and features the SVU cast plus cast members from Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and the upcoming new NBC show Chicago Justice.


My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” (episode #400) can be found at this link.



Congratulations Law & Order SVU 400th Episode from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Law & Order Key Art Reissue for “The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary”

NBC has re-released Law & Order key art for seasons 7 and 14 for the “The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary” which will air on Sunday, February 19 from 9-11 PM on NBC. Enjoy!




LAW & ORDER -- Season 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Benjamin Bratt as Detective Rey Curtis, Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe, Carey Lowell as A.D.A. Jamie Ross, Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy -- Photo by: Stephen Danelian/NBC 2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC



LAW & ORDER -- Season 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elisabeth Rohm as A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn, Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. Arthur Branch, Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe, Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy, S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. Anita Van Buren, and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green -- Photo by: David Rose/NBC 2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” 400th Episode Sneak Peeks, Cast Interviews

Here are preview clips from Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” which will air on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. This is the 400th SVU episode and is directed by Mariska Hargitay. The videos feature Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Raúl Esparza, Peter Scanavino, and Sarah Wynter as Dr. Nicole Keller. Also included are interviews with Ice-T, Peter Scanavino, and Julie Martin.

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” (episode #400) can be found at this link.


Please note: The preview clips have a limited life and may be removed at any time, so catch them while you can!




Raul Esparza SVU 400th 16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


Peter Scanavino SVU 400th 16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


Ice-T _SVU_400th_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


Julie Martin SVU 400th 16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


SVU 18010 Clip1 16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


SVU 18010 Clip2 16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


SVU_18010_Clip3_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


SVU 18010 Clip5 16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


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Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” 400th Episode Extended Promo

Here is a new extended promo for Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” which will air on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. This is billed as the 400th SVU episode and is directed by Mariska Hargitay.


My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” (episode #400) can be found at this link.






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