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How will Olivia handle being a mother on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? — Josie
She won’t get off to the best start! In fact, Olivia’s quality time with baby Noah will be interrupted by the ongoing hunt for the real culprits involved in Noah’s mother’s death. Needless to say, the case ultimately puts both Benson and the baby in danger. Fortunately, Benson will call on an old friend who will be instrumental in solving the case.


I just came across this stunning photo shoot from HiLuxury Magazine that Mariska did last year. I haven’t seen most of these so enjoy them in the gallery 🙂

HiLuxury Photo Shoot Outtakes

Mariska is an honoree but not attending because it’s in LA and the same night as the JHF Gala.

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company (US), an award-winning non-profit that provides transformational theatre-arts programs and mentorship to underserved Los Angeles County youth and families, has announced that Melissa Peterman (ABC’s “Baby Daddy”) is hosting its 6th Annual Gala, “Change. Together.” on May 29th, 2014 at the historic Cicada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.

Confirmed attendees include Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls” “Family Guy”), Kirsten Vangness (“Criminal Minds”), Roma Maffia (“Pretty Little Liars”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Kathy Kinney (“Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Maile Flanagan (“Shameless”), Sara Scott (Creative Exec., Universal Pictures), Anne Sweeney (President, Disney/ABC Television Group), and Nina Tassler (Chairman, CBS Entertainment)

This year’s honorees include Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles, 26th District), and Bradford Bancroft and the Bancroft Family. 2014 Host Committee Members include: Ed Asner, Austin and Virginia Beutner, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Hector Elizondo, Bruce Greenwood and Susan Devlin, Mariska Hargitay, David Henry Hwang and Kathryn Layng Hwang, Annie Lukowski, Melissa Peterman and John Brady, Karine Rosenthal and Bob Fisher. The evening will feature presentations by youth participants, cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, and an awards ceremony.

To find out more about the event, click here.

All proceeds benefit the ongoing efforts of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s internationally-recognized, model mentoring program that uses theatre arts to reach underserved youth in the juvenile justice system, foster care, gangs, treatment centers, and violence?plagued neighborhoods. Each year, US impacts the lives of more than 5,000 local residents with the power of the performing arts.


In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.

Thanks to Pace NYC’s location, you’ve probably walked onto the set a few times without even knowing it. But on Sunday, June 1, James Lipton and Inside the Actors Studio bring Law and Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay right to the Schimmel Theatre as the next seminar guest.

Mariska Hargitay is a critically acclaimed actress best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC drama Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. This role, which she has played for the last 15 years, has earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and multiple nominations (eight Emmy nominations, six SAG nominations, two Golden Globe nominations).

She’s had a rough season on SVU, but will she be able to handle Lipton’s line of questioning? You’ll find out on June 1. The taping will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Ticket information

Pace Students
Pace BFA/BA Performing Arts majors: Please join the Performing Arts Majors standby line which forms along the hallway adjacent to the Schimmel balcony. A Pace ID admits ONE and you must be in line in order to receive a ticket. This is a standby line and does NOT guarantee admission.

All other Pace students: Please join the Pace student (non-Performing Arts) standby line which forms along the hallway adjacent to the Bianco Room. A Pace ID admits ONE and you must be in line in order to receive a ticket. This is a standby line and does NOT guarantee admission.

Friends/Family outside the Pace Community
Friends, family, etc. who are not part of the Pace Community should join the general standby line which forms outside of 3 Spruce Street. Again, admission is not guaranteed. Should tickets be available, it is ONE ticket per person.


And whaaat’s with all these baby buggies? Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld once again will host their Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash in Central Park on June 4. This isn’t a party about nothing: Baby Buggy, launched in 2001, is a nonprofit organization helping families in need with diapers, clothes and child services. Mariska Hargitay, Debra Messing, Lily Aldridge, Bridget Moynahan and Jane Krakowski are expected to attend.


[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 15 finale of Law & Order: SVU. Read at your own risk!]

Law & Order: SVU gave Benson (Mariska Hargitay) a much-deserved happy ending, but Amaro (Danny Pino) will have to wait a little longer to see if he’ll get one of his own.

Wednesday’s season finale picked up right before Amaro was handcuffed and taken away for assaulting suspected (but acquitted) sex offender Simon Wilkes (Josh Malina). In a complete role reversal, Amaro had his fingerprints taken, posed for his mug shot and even donned an orange jumpsuit as he sat behind bars waiting to learn his fate.

Although the situation originally looked really bad — as bad as a possible Murder 2 charge — Amaro’s luck started to change for the better. First, Munch (Richard Belzer) bailed him out of jail, and then Rollins (Kelli Giddish) was able to strong-arm Wilkes’ wife to convince her husband not to press charges against Amaro.

But while Benson started a new chapter in her life by agreeing to become a foster mom to Baby Boy Doe, aka Noah, Amaro won’t be able to enjoy a fresh start quite so fast. “Season 16 does not start him off on the SVU squad,” showrunner Warren Leight tells TVGuide.com about Amaro’s fate. “He’s been sent to the bowels of Queens to do traffic stops.”

Following Amaro’s tough season on SVU, which also included him shooting an unarmed 14-year-old boy and punching an undercover cop, Leight says the writers researched what the real-life ramifications would be of a similar assault. “Basically, you get tunnel duty or traffic duties or Staten Island court duty. It’s a little bit what happened to Dean Winters’ character,” Leight says of Cassidy’s demotion from detective to working nights at the Bronx courthouse back in Season 13 after his undercover operation went bust. “The department has ways of making your life miserable. They call it diesel therapy — they make you drive as far as possible to your job.”

Although Cassidy was eventually bumped back up to detective and earned a spot working in Internal Affairs, it’s unclear how Amaro will handle his new job description. “He’s a proud guy. He has a certain amount of ego so these things don’t bounce off him,” Leight says. “His character is thin-skinned, I’d say, and that’s not helpful.”

Season 16 will not only bring changes for Amaro, but also changes for the squad in his absence. Because the team was already short-staffed following the exits of Munch and Cragen, a new addition will be brought in to temporarily fill Amaro’s spot. “We’ll probably see somebody in the first three episodes who’s going to come in and shake things up,” says Leight, who suggests that the character may come from another part of New York City. “You’ll see a guy who has a little less polish. Manhattan detectives have a certain swag and polish and the outer borough detectives are a little rougher around the edges. We’ll see a glimpse of a guy who maybe needs a little bit of refining.”

However, no one should start packing up Amaro’s desk at SVU anytime soon. Leight stresses that this new character will not be a permanent new addition to the series, at least not at this time. “15 years in, I thought we were certainly able to attract great actors to come by for a little while so we may be experimenting more with these little mini-arcs throughout the season,” Leight says. “I’m finding these little arcs easier for us to pull off as opposed to, ‘OK, now we’re going to replace a detective.'”

This plan strays from the original Law & Order playbook, which dictated that departing characters be replaced immediately and permanently, but is similar to how ADA Barba (Raul Esparza) and Lt. Declan Murphy (Donal Logue) were introduced to SVU in the past two seasons. “It’s a lot less pressure on the actor and a lot less pressure on the writing. Declan, we knew when we had him in the first episode with Rollins, I just wanted as many [episodes] as I could have with Donal and I thought it would be cool to have him come in and play captain,” Leight says. “If we had introduced him at the beginning of the season as the new captain, it would have set us up very differently and we wouldn’t have taken as many chances. … Sometimes the relationships evolve better over time than in an arranged marriage.”

Law & Order: SVU returns in the fall for Season 16. Catch up on episodes here and weigh in on the season finale below!


I uploaded captures from the finale. Can’t believe another season has come and gone! But SVU will be back in September 🙂 I won’t spoil the episode if you haven’t seen it yet but for those of you that did, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!

SVU 15×24- Spring Awakening Captures

In the most recent episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” once again, one of their own was in a bit of a bad spot.

Detective Amaro, not happy that photographer Simon Wilkes had been acquitted of charges against him, took it upon himself to enact his own brand of justice by confronting Wilkes on the street and assaulting him.

Amaro’s actions will have severe consequences as explained by ‘SVU’ Executive Producer Warren Leight. “Obviously, he just snapped on some level, succumbing to the stress of this guy getting off, but cops are not allowed to punch people randomly on the street, even if you don’t like what happened. This could be the end of Amaro as a cop, and if it isn’t, in what capacity could he possibly come back from this? There’s no mistaking that what Amaro did is not effective police work and he’s made some mistakes in the past as well. He shot an unarmed kid recently. He will be punished for this.”

While Amaro’s career is in jeopardy, his situation isn’t the only thing happening in this episode, entitled “Spring Awakening.” “Our cops catch the case of a male tourist who has a prostitute come to his hotel room and he ends up getting robbed and raped at gunpoint,” explains Leight. “Sometimes in the past, the squad sort of dropped everything to work on the case that involved one of their own, this time they really can’t do that. There’s a bad crew out that and they have to act right now to stop them.”

An unlikely source does step up to help Amaro as Detective John Munch, who left the squad earlier this year, returns to the fold. “Munch was really a guiding force for Amaro since the moment Amaro started in the unit, and Amaro’s been a little lost since Munch left,” explains Leight. “So we felt the time was right to bring Munch back.”

In the past, Amaro has mentioned that the loss of Munch has been hard on him and this was by design says Leight, “I’m always trying to plant things to come, but the audience might not pick up on them because it’s not something that was ever done on the show in the past.”

Leight and his writing staff also like to throw in moments that have not been overtly foreshadowed in any way. Case in point, the recent reveal that Amaro and Rollins are involved outside the job. “I loved the immediate response to that,” Leight revealed. “You could feel it on Twitter the second it aired. There was a spike in comments and everyone was suddenly using ‘Rollaro’ and combinations like that.” But conversely, Leight knows that the pairing was not universally accepted, saying, “There’s always going to be a certain percentage of the audience that when anyone on this show has sex with anyone, they’ll say, ‘What about Olivia?’ ’’

Whether accepted by the audience or not, Leight defends the decision to move those characters in that direction, explaining, “This sort of thing happens in real life. They’re both at pretty lonely, dark places in their lives and they’re two attractive people who maybe just needed someone else at that time and it just happened.” He goes on to say that the nature of the relationship is a bit undefined for a reason. “Are they just ‘office mates with benefits,’ or is this the kind of thing where one of them really cares more about the other person than they’re letting on? At this point, we don’t know too much about it. I kind of like that we just saw a glimpse of it and moved on.”

It may have been a quick look but Leight did divulge that, “I think there will be some aftereffects, or let’s say, repercussions, resulting from their relationship in the finale, and possibly going forward.”

Also in the finale, fans will have to say goodbye to Lieutenant Murphy as Donal Logue is off to star in “Gotham” for FOX. “We closed out his story as much as we could,” says Leight, “but that one just broke my heart. I would have loved to have him as a permanent addition to the squad.”

The loss of Logue hasn’t been the only challenge ‘SVU’ faced this year, “Doing 24 episodes is difficult no matter how you look at it,” explains Leight, “but creatively, we all felt very energized. We worked really hard and I feel like this year is my first year as a showrunner on a procedural in which we didn’t have any episodes that just fell apart. A lot of things have to go wrong for an episode to really miss but it always seems to happen at least once a season and this year it didn’t happen. That feels pretty great. We just didn’t have that unmitigated disaster episode and I’m proud of that.”

Leight also seems to beam when he talks about some other aspects of season 15 of ‘SVU’ that he’s pleased about. “I like that we shifted to doing a lot more with the personal aspects of these characters,” he begins. “The Olivia/William Lewis arc was so powerful. The visual look of those episodes was right on target, very striking, but more importantly, every time those two were together, in every piece of that storyline, everything just seemed to get deeper and stronger. I also loved bringing in Murphy. That new blood in the station house really seemed in reinvigorate everything and everyone in the squad. Then there’s the way we told stories this year. I think that our methods of using different storytelling techniques and how we pushed things forward really evolved. By constantly adjusting the mix of procedural to personal, we kept things moving in unique ways. Our goal was to keep engaging viewers week after week using innovative methods every time out and I really think we accomplished that.”

Returning to discuss the finale a bit more, Leight goes on to say, “It has a lot of closure to it. It was a high wire act this year. There was a lot of jeopardy, but if you just do pure jeopardy all the time it’s like crack for the audience and they need more and more of it and they don’t want anything else and that’s hard to maintain. We worked hard to find a good balance, we kept the show jumping and off of that high wire from time to time and that was great. Keeping in mind everything that’s gone on in the past 23 episodes, I feel like we really nailed this last one.”

Leight admits that this season finale doesn’t have a shocking closing scene like season 14’s did last May did, explaining, “I can’t end two seasons in a row with a gun to someone’s head. It’s a very different type of finale than last year’s, but, that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be extremely full. We have our case that we’re trying to solve, Amaro’s dealing with his situation, and there are some other things going on as well.”

All of these things lead to some interaction that Leight promises will be very satisfying for viewers. “Munch has a scene with Amaro that’s one of the best scenes Munch has ever had and there are a lot of great moments for everyone that have been earned because of the backstory we’ve been building all year.”

These moments include a certain infant that fans have been speculating about since he was first introduced earlier in the season. Yes, Baby Boy Doe has a featured role in this episode.

“We find out Baby Boy Doe’s real name, who he is, and how he came to be in this situation,” confirms Leight. “What we find out about his family is harrowing. All of the stories in this episode intersect in an interesting way.”

This doesn’t answer the question that fans have been asking since Olivia first set eyes on the little boy; will she finally have her chance to be a mother?

Leight wouldn’t, or more appropriately, couldn’t, verify that outcome one way or another, because he disclosed that as of late last week the last few scenes were still being tweaked in the editing room. He did offer this; “The mystery of his maternity will be solved in a heartbreaking way. Baby Boy Doe is out there, and he’s waiting for a bit of luck.”

As season 15 wraps up, Leight wanted to convey to the fans that he’s very appreciative of the relationship that they have with the show. “You can just feel when an episode is connecting and that’s amazing. I thought it was great the way the fans were so supportive of the show while we were in ‘purgatory.’ That was a big help.

While this season doesn’t close out with a cliffhanger, Leight believes that the ending of the finale will still have viewers anxious for next season to begin. “There’s a nice little turn at the end of this. I think the audience will definitely want to come back.”

This week’s hashtags = #SpringAwakening and #SVUFinale

Law & Order: SVU” airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c on NBC.


Last month, Law & Order: SVU showrunner Warren Leight had to face the dilemma so many TV writers deal with when the flowers start blooming and upfronts near: write a season finale that leaves stories unresolved or write a season finale that can also serve as a series finale if the show is not renewed.

“I didn’t want to make it too easy for the network,” Leight tells TVGuide.com of his decision to go the former route. “I wasn’t looking to drive to the edge of another abyss and dare them, but I also didn’t want to sort of wrap everything up neatly with a bow so that people could end the show without any thought about it.”

Mission accomplished. NBC renewed SVU for its 16th season on May 7, which also marked the last day of shooting on the current season. “That’s a much less bitter, drunken wrap party than it otherwise might have been,” Leight says with a laugh.

Instead of the jaw-dropping cliff-hangers of seasons past, such as when Cragen (Dann Florek) woke up with a dead hooker in his bed or when Benson (Mariska Hargitay) was taken hostage by a serial rapist, Leight says the Season 15 finale will give some closure to this season’s ongoing story lines. “There were a lot of balls in play, a lot of plates spinning,” he says. “So I felt that part of this year’s finale was sticking the landing and making sure that a lot of the things we had going on came to at least a temporary and logical stopping point.”

In order to achieve that, SVU moved up the cliff-hanger intended for the last episode — in which Amaro (Danny Pino) is arrested after assaulting an acquitted sex offender — to the final moments of last week’s episode. “All the anger he has towards his wife, all the anger he has towards guys who have gotten away with crimes, it all gets projected onto [Josh Malina’s character] and he just snapped,” Leight says. “We had little moments in this season where you saw these different guys under pressure. Three years into his job, he hasn’t figured out how to deal with the stresses of SVU.”

Subsequently, Wednesday’s season finale (9/8c, NBC) will pick up with Amaro behind bars and on the verge of losing his job. “What’s hard for him is that there’s not much he can do to save his job. He snapped, he beat somebody up,” Leight says. “He broke the law and he’s dispirited and imprisoned when we see him. He’s not fighting to save himself the way he has in the past. At some point, Rollins visits him in prison and she says, ‘People are trying to help you, but you got to take their hand.’ Both Rollins and Munch do what they can to defend him because he’s not really defending himself.”

Although the episode will feature the celebrated return of veteran squad member Munch (Richard Belzer), who served as Amaro’s mentor before retiring earlier this season, most eyes will probably be on the scenes between Amaro and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) after the reveal two weeks ago that the two are — or should we say were? — sleeping together. “We didn’t linger on it, but these things happen,” Leight says of the surprise pairing.

Leight defended the “Rollaro” pairing despite the negative reaction by some fans who were, as he says, “personally offended” by the story line after years of longing glances (and nothing more) between Benson and Stabler (Christopher Meloni). “I think they’re both having a hard year and sometimes, there’s a port in the storm, somebody else is having a bad year and you work together,” he says. “Is it partners with benefits? Is it just blowing off steam? Do they care for each other more than we want to admit? We don’t know too much of it.”

But obviously Amaro has much bigger problems to deal with at the moment. “If he gets a speeding ticket, he’s off the force. He’s basically as close to losing his job as you can possibly be,” Leight says. “So if he survives it, it’s not going to be any sort of a picnic for him.”

While Amaro waits to find out whether he needs to clean out his desk, Benson will also be dealing with a possible life change — becoming a mother — when baby boy Doe becomes in need (again) of a proper home. “It’s a huge commitment and if you couple that with being a sergeant with unpredictable work hours and obviously, it’s a riskier job than most jobs,” Leight says. “In her heart, she wants to do it and she’s worried about, ‘Can I be a mother and continue in my job? … Is there a way to find balance in your life? Can I be there for a child or a baby and what happens if I take this on and something happens to me?’ Those are all very big questions that she’ll be grappling with as next season goes on as well.”

This isn’t the first brush Benson has had with motherhood. In Season 9, she revealed that she was turned down to adopt because she would be a single mother, and in Season 12, she was a foster mother to Vivian’s son, Calvin, before Vivian sent him away. “She’s been burned a couple of times and that’s in the back of her mind too,” Leight says. “There’s always the self doubt. We all think she’d be a great mom, but you never know what you’re in for until you get in there. There’s nothing easy about parenting. Then being a single mom on top of that is extremely difficult.”

But despite going back and forth on the matter several times before, “in this episode she’s forced to answer that question,” Leight says.

Although this season finale may not be as shocking as years past, with the questions surrounding Amaro’s professional life and Benson’s personal life, Leight teases that the last two scenes are not to be missed. “The audience will freak out in a way that they did at the end of last season,” he says. “It’s a different emotional response, but it’s a big change coming.”

Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesday at 9/8c on NBC. Catch up on episodes here.


Mariska helped ring NASDAQ Opening Bell this morning and pictures are now in the gallery. Check back throughout the day as I’ll be adding more!

NASDAQ Opening Bell
May 19, 2014

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