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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.

Benson and the team will do anything and everything they can to stop him, but that may include taking drastic measures in order to stop Lewis once and for all. Will they succeed?

Viewers will have to wait until April to find out, but one thing’s for sure — Benson isn’t going down without a fight. Of course, Lewis is also a force to be reckoned with.


This article was mostly about Kelli’s episode on Wednesday, but there was a short Mariska mention. To read the article in it’s entirety click here.

Finally, next week’s episode features guest star Alec Baldwin as a columnist who is given full access to the squad for an inside look. It is also Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut, and Giddish sang her praises. “She did such a great job as a director, really created a lot of moments that weren’t on the page, which is what a director does, and it was fun.”

“Law & Order: SVU” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

You can check out 11 exclusive behind the scenes photos on BuzzFeed.

After 15 years of playing Detective (and now Sergeant) Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay is finally stepping behind the camera. The actress is making her directorial debut with the March 19 episode, titled “Criminal Stories,” which centers on the rape case of a young Muslim woman, which escalates to a hate crime.

“I’m thrilled to be directing,” Hargitay said in a statement. “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time, and it’s quite an experience to see it realized. My respect for the process of making this show and telling these important stories deepens with every scene we shoot. I have always been so honored to work with this cast and crew, but never more so than now, as a director collaborating in a new way.’

Below, check out a slew of exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the Hargitay-helmed episode, which features Alec Baldwin as a renowned newspaper reporter doing an investigative piece on the Special Victims Unit who thinks the crime is a hoax. “I’ve watched Alec on screen for so long have always been in awe of his talent,” Hargitay added. “Having the opportunity to tell this story with him, having him bring his experience, depth, and fierce commitment to his craft, honestly feels too good to be true.”

Detroit local news did a segment on the Rape Kit backlog press conference. I uploaded the video to YouTube so be sure to check it out!


I uploaded a few pictures from the Rape Kit Backlog press conference. I’ll be adding more as I find them so keep checking back!

Rape Kit Backlog Press Conference in Detroit
March 10, 2014

*Edit* 37 pictures have been added to the gallery. A huge thank you goes out to Claudia for some of these!

Mariska joined Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy this morning to discuss proposed legislation that would speed up rape kit testing. You can watch the video below.

Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay is adding producer to her résumé.

The actress, who recently directed her first episode of the NBC procedural, will produce Shelved, a documentary about the rape kit backlog.

Hargitay, who founded The Joyful Heart Foundation to help survivors of sexual assault,, domestic violence and child abuse, will use the organization to serve as a social action partner, counsel and beneficiary on the film.

Production begins this week in Detroit, where the foundation has spent the past three years working with prosecutors, police and community advocates to fix the city’s rape kit backlog of 11,000 untested kits. The 1,600 kits that so far has been tested have resulted in the identification 87 serial rapists and crimes in 19 states. Detroit will serve as the focus of the film, but the documentary will also examine the backlog as it exists in cities and states across the country.

Marc Levin (Chicagoland, Hard Times, Brick City) will direct and Trish Adlesic (Gasland and SVU‘s location manager) will oversee day-to-day producing duties. Joyful Heart CEO Maile Zambuto is on board as an executive producer. For his part, Levin is a three-time News & Documentary Emmy Award nominee, winning for 1987’s The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis. Shelved will also follow the momentum building among policymakers and the federal, state and local level to end the backlog and change the way the criminal justice system as well as communities across the country respond to sexual violence.

“I was shocked when I learned about the rape kit backlog, and the lost opportunities for justice — and healing — it represents,” Hargitay told The Hollywood Reporter. “I also find the backlog to be the starkest example of how we regard for the issue of sexual violence in the country: Something that belongs tucked away on a shelf. That attitude — and the violence — has to end, and I hope this film will open people’s eyes to the value of investing in change.”

Hargitay, who has spent the past 15 seasons starring on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, has won a Golden Globe and Emmy for her work as Detective Olivia Benson on the Dick Wolf procedural. She founded Joyful Heart in 2004 and is a tireless advocate for social reform to end the backlog. She’s repped by CAA.


Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is using some star power in her efforts to process a backlog of hundreds of untested rape kits.

Hollywood actress Mariska Hargitay, star of the popular hit show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” is scheduled to hold a news conference Monday along with Worthy to raise awareness for the office’s rape kits issue.

Hargitay, president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, will join Worthy at an 11:30 a.m. press conference at Worthy’s office in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

Worthy told city officials Tuesday it remains a struggle for her to process more than 10,000 untested rape kits because her office is “severely” understaffed. She said due to county budget cuts, her office is down 90 staffers, with no decrease in work.

So far, federal and state money — including several million dollars committed from the state last summer — have allowed the office to test about 1,600, she said. Each kit, Worthy added, cost about $1,200 to $1,500 to process.

Some of the unprocessed rape kits date back 25 years and the statute of limitations has expired.

Worthy is expected to discuss Monday the Detroit Rape Kit Project and the proposed Sexual Assault Kit Evidence Submission Act bill in Lansing, which establishes time lines for law enforcement agencies to pick up the kits and have them tested at laboratories across the state.

Hargitay and her foundation, along with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, have been a big part of the effort to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits, the prosecutor’s office in a press release Friday.

There are about 400,000 untested rape kits in police departments and crime labs across the country, according to the Joyful Heart Foundation’s website. The foundation also has an initiative, endthebacklog.org, aimed at raising awareness about efforts to fund programs and efforts to end rape kit backlogs in cities across the country.


Both Mariska & SVU are nominated for the PRISM Awards. Winners will be announced April 22nd and will be broadcast on television in September. Congratulations to the cast and crew!

Drama Series Episode – Mental Health
Blue Bloods – “Front Page News”
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – “Born Psychopath”
The Mentalist – “Red, White and Blue”
Perception – “Asylum”
Perception – “Wounded”

Drama Multi-Episode Storyline – Mental Health
Grey’s Anatomy: Bailey’s OCD
Homeland: Season 3
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – “Surrender Benson” / “American Tragedy”
NCIS: Los Angeles – “Ascension” / “Impact” / “Recovery”
Parenthood – “Small Victories” / “Let’s Be Mad Together” / “Election Day”

Female Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Lucy Liu, Elementary
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy


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