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SVU Filming on Location
March 5, 2014




Mariska and Dean Winters were on location filming scenes yesterday. I’ve added over 20 pictures to the gallery for you to enjoy!


SVU on Location
March 4, 2014




Warning: May contain spoilers so don’t read the following if you wish to remain spoiler free!

Should we be worried about Benson and Cassidy on SVU? — Raul
Yep! I’m hearing that a breakup in the works, but who instigates it will surprise you. (Hint: It’s probably not a good sign that Dean Winters just joined the cast of CBS’ Battle Creek.)

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03/19/2014 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Wednesday) : ALEC BALDWIN GUEST STARS IN MARISKA HARGITAY’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

Renowned New York Ledger columnist Jimmy MacArthur (Baldwin) is given full access to Sergeant Benson (Hargitay) and the squad for an inside look at the city’s Special Victims Unit. When the rape case of a young Muslim woman (guest star Summer Bishil) escalates to a hate crime, Jimmy stays one step ahead of the investigation and declares the entire crime a hoax. With the victim under fierce public scrutiny, Benson struggles to keep the case on solid ground and fears a rapist will go free. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro), Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins) and Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba). Also guest starring Tamara Tunie (M.E. Melinda Warner), Delaney Williams (Counselor John Buchanan), Leslie Odom Jr. (Reverend Curtis Scott), Josh Pais (Hank Abraham), Nick Mennell (Elias Kemp Jr.) and Katie Couric (as herself).




I’ve uploaded 45 pictures of Mariska directing on location today. You can find them in the gallery below. It’s nice to see her in action!


On Location- Mariska Directing
February 27, 2014





SVU 15×15- Comic Perversion Captures




Jonathan Silverman is an immensely likeable actor, and as far as we know, a pretty darn good person in real life, too. Which makes it so deliciously strange that he’s playing a rapist in tonight’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Jonathan joined BFTV on Monday to discuss his SVU character, comic Josh Galloway, and what it’s like for him to turn bad.

How did he get the part? “First of all, [SVU showrunner] Warren Leight is a God in my eyes and he knows I would do anything to work with him again. I was lucky enough to be in the West Coast premiere of his wonderful play Glimmer, Glimmer & Shine at the Mark Taper Forum. I would do anything to work with him,” Jonathan enthused, telling us, “So when he presented me with this script, I was blown away by how powerful it was and a little scared about just the workload involved.

“And then of course, my next reaction was, ‘Oh, can I do this?’ You know, it’s obviously a subject matter that is very delicate to me, to my wife, to some of our dear friends,” he continued. “And I was somewhat hesitant. I had to discuss it with my reps, with my manager, with my agents. And we ultimately decided, you know, this is what I do for a living. And you don’t always get to play reputable characters. Sometimes you get your hands a little dirty – literally – and play the bad guy.

“And I’m so glad I did. Obviously I hope people don’t respond to my character’s inclinations on and off stage. But it was a wonderful opportunity to portray and to get this message out, so I’m thrilled I did it.”

“Warren and his staff wrote an absolutely fascinating character, and I was a bit terrified to tackle it,” Jonathan continued. “I’ve actually known [episode writer] Brianna Yellen for a number of years, because she was the assistant to Mr. Ted Kotcheff, who also was a major part of SVU, and directed a little movie I was in called Weekend at Bernie’s. So I’ve known this young lady for [years] and I’m so proud of her. Warren and Brianna and his staff created truly a despicable and uncomfortable human being.”

“In all honesty, reading it for the first time and working on it before we started shooting it, I didn’t have much positive things to say about him. I really felt I was playing a very nebulous, a vulgar character,” he told us. “But something interesting happened while we were shooting it. In trying to dissect and attack the role, I found a way for myself to sympathize with the character I was playing and to try and make him human.”

He got some help in that department from another old friend, SVU star Mariska Hargitay. “Mariska Hargitay is a dear friend and has been for decades,” he explained. “As a matter of fact I had the pleasure of working with her first in a somewhat similar capacity, at least she played a cop. Mariska recurred on another NBC show literally 20 years ago, The Single Guy, [and] she played the role of the hot mounted cop. She was the policeman who would show up every now and then on a horse. And my character was constantly chasing her.

“So I certainly have been following her every step of the way. And when she first got cast in SVU, I was her biggest supporter. And watched and screamed and applauded and still do. And she was an absolute dream to work with, as was the entire cast.”

“Mariska and I had a lengthy discussion at one point. And we both found reason to sympathize with this gentleman’s plight. He looks at himself as a social satirist who wants to hold a mirror up to society and its pitfalls. And he actually discusses how it’s important to look at society’s evils,” he continued. “And if you can’t laugh at it then all you really can do is cry. So it’s his opportunity to put it out there.

“The other interesting thing about this character is at times we find out he practices what he preaches on stage. And I tried to figure out a way to make him a little more sympathetic as well,” he said. “For whatever reason, he seems to be adored by his young crowd that he seems to attract, as a lot of these stand-up comics do, a very hip young college crowd. And these girls are approaching him. He doesn’t seem to be the one who is targeting them. They’re coming after him, and they’re showing up in his space and going to his hotel room.

“And we just tried to figure out a way to play it from the other perspective, just to give the audience a chance to see for themselves who they might side with and live for a minute or two, in someone else’s world, and perhaps understand it better.”

That doesn’t mean that the performance didn’t get under his skin at times. “there’s a number of scenes in this upcoming episode where it was very uncomfortable, very raw, very naked literally,” Jonathan revealed. “And I got to do things I really don’t get a chance to do – thankfully in my own life and certainly on screen as well.

“And I felt awful actually. I didn’t really think I would, but I really felt I needed to scrub and bathe after one particular scene that we shot. So it affected me. It really threw me for a loop, actually.”

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC.

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Alec Baldwin is taking on the media once again, this time in an episode of Law & Order: SVU. As E! News first revealed, Baldwin will guest star in the SVU episode directed by series star Mariska Hargitay.

In the episode, Baldwin will play Jimmy MacArthur, a “controversial” New York newspaper columnist who questions the SVU squad’s motives during an investigation. Look for Hargitay’s Sergeant Olivia Benson to go toe-to-toe with Baldwin’s character. Katie Couric will appear as herself in the episode and interview Baldwin’s character.

Baldwin recently made headlines for his New York cover story where he addressed several aspects of the media and his personal life.

“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. And I’ve watched Alec on screen for so long and always hoped we would be able to work together some day. Having the opportunity to tell this story with him, having him bring his experience, depth, truthfulness, and fierce commitment, honestly feels too good to be true.”?

Head on over here to read E! News’ interview with Hargitay where she opens up more about directing for the first time.

The episode, “Criminal Stories,” is set to air on Wednesday, March 19 at 9 p.m.

“New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom,” Warren Leight, the SVU executive producer and showrunner, said in a statement. “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.”

Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC.

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The NO MORE PSA campaign, spearheaded by Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation in partnership with NO MORE—a national movement galvanizing greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault—got a very big kickoff in Hollywood recently…a three-story high kickoff, in fact. The 12-story 1600 VINE apartment complex at Hollywood and Vine donated their three-story billboard to Joyful Heart to initiate the landmark structure’s policy of supporting Hollywood-based charities and activism. The national NO MORE PSA campaign, which features televisions and print ads with over 40 iconic public figures, generates awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault and encourage bystanders to help. With over 40,000 views a day and visibility from the 101 Freeway, the 1600 VINE billboard is helping power NO MORE’s effort to encourage public engagement around violence and abuse.

“We’re deeply moved by Ms. Hargitay and her foundation’s brave effort, in partnership with the NO MORE movement, to engage each of us in the report of violent abuse which is now so tragically prevalent,” stated Bob Klein, president of Klein-Financial, which operates 1600 VINE. “This PSA reflects 1600 VINE’s resolve to use this unique advertising tool to help support the charity and activism which leading Hollywood entertainment figures so often undertake. It’s a policy we are engaging in with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which has been Hollywood’s charity arm for over seventy years. Our building stands on the site of the Hollywood Brown Derby where the movie business’ legends gathered, and we’re proud to help the great new stars like Ms. Hargitay carry on those prior stars’ traditions of concern, generosity and activism.”

“Society continues to misplace shame and blame on survivors,” said Mariska Hargitay. “That has to end. What we saw during the filming, brave and strong and authentic person after person, was people standing up for each other, for the people they love, for their partners, wives, husbands, children, friends, mothers and fathers, for people they’ve never met, for themselves. I was just moved beyond words. NO MORE fills me with confidence and renewed determination.”

Ms. Hargitay is the star of one of the longest-running and most honored dramatic television series, “Law And Order: SVU,” which often deals with and exposes domestic violence and abuse. As an actress, activist and advocate, Mariska Hargitay has dedicated her time, talent and resources to be an inspiration and force for change. In 2004, Ms. Hargitay took her commitment to a higher and more personal level by establishing the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.

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03/12/2014 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Wednesday) : ROLLINS’ GAMBLING ADDICTION COSTS HER MORE THAN MONEY WHEN A MISSTEP PUTS HER ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW

Detective Amanda Rollins’ (Kelli Giddish) addiction drives her to an illegal gambling club, where waitress Clare Wilson (returning guest star Stefanie Scott) recognizes her as a cop. To protect her job, Rollins strikes a deal with the club managers (guest stars Donal Logue and Sherri Saum) to make their illegal transgressions disappear. But when the debt isn’t paid to their liking, she doubles down and loses, forcing Sergeant Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Detective Tutuola (Ice-T) to suspect one of their own of an unthinkable crime. Also starring Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro). Also guest starring Federico Dordei (Marcelo Guarana), Lothaire Bluteau (Anton Nadari) and Michael Potts (IAB Sgt. Cole Draper).





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