Friday, August 24, 2018

Mariska Hargitay Shows off 'Squad Room Goals' With New 'Law & Order: SVU' Photo


Mariska Hargitay shared a new photo from the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit set, along with a bevy of inspirational hashtags.
The photo shows Hargitay with Kelli Giddish, Ice-T and Peter Scavanino in full police gear. Hargitay crammed the Twitter caption with as many hashtags as she could fit, including, Squad Goals; Squad room Goals; Scene Partners in Crime Busting; Teamwork Makes The Dream Work; We Few We Happy Few; work family is family; Going the Distance Tying the Record; Marathon not a spring; and finally, My Fellow Distance Runners.

 Of course, this is not the first time Hargitay has shared behind-the-scenes photos from the SVU set since filming for season 20 began. On Aug. 8, she shared a photo with Carl Weathers, confirming that the actor will play his Chicago Justice character, Mark Jeffries.

On July 31, she posted a photo of the SVU crew celebrating season 20 with a giant XX cake and creator Dick Wolf. And on July 17, she shared a photo of Wolf visiting during the first season 20 table read.

This upcoming season is a special one for the SVU team since the show will tie the original Law & Order and Gunsmoke as the longest-running scripted primetime shows in American TV history. Considering that Hargitay — who has played Det. Olivia Benson since season one — sees no end in sight, the show could easily break the record with a 21st season.

Back in June, Hargitay sang the praises of new showrunner Michael Chernuchin, a veteran of the Wolf TV universe, having worked on Chicago Justice, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the original Law & Order. She suggested his writing would keep her on the show for 25 years.

"This f—ing guy is such a genius, and he listened to everything I said. Our writers are so brilliant, and they usually have their own ideas. But he said, 'This is my idea, but what do you want to do?' I said, 'I want to go into what it is like for a woman, like myself, who has three children, and that [difficult work-life balance],'" Hargitay said at a Paley Center panel. "I have three children. Let me tell you something: It costs me every day. Do I quit the show, do I take my kid to school? What do I do? Either way I lose. And only working women understand that."

Hargitay also said that the show can stay relevant thanks to the Me Too and Time's Up movements, which focus on stopping sexual harassment in the workplace. SVU brought up the subject and similar ones long before they became central to the national conversation.

"I think Dick is a pioneer at bringing these issues to the forefront," Hargitay said of Wolf. "The issue has been swept under the carpet, and the fact is from every angle, it is a show that respects its audience. We created a show that makes these issues palatable and these characters we can trust that can usher you through the most sensitive, tender, delicate places in our souls. And I am so honored to be the person that does that for people."

Law & Order: SVU's 20th season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET with a two-hour premiere. On Oct. 4, the show premieres in its regular 10 p.m. ET timeslot.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Tribeca TV Festival: 'SVU' 20th-Season Premiere, Tracey Ullman-Meryl Streep Talk Among Highlights

by Hilary Lewis 

The second annual edition of the small-screen event will also feature a look back at 10 years of 'Shark Tank' and premiere screenings of 'Madam Secretary,' 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,' 'Ray Donovan' and Nat Geo's 'Valley of the Boom' series about the dot-com bubble.  

The Tribeca TV Festival has unveiled the lineup for its second edition, set to take place Sept. 20-23 in New York.

The festival will feature premiere screenings of and panels with the people behind the latest seasons of various small-screen series. Specific highlights include the 20th-season premiere of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, followed by a panel discussion with star and executive producer Mariska Hargitay, executive producer Dick Wolf, longtime co-star Ice-T and the current cast; a look back at 10 years of ABC's Shark Tank; and the new season premieres of Showtime's Ray Donovan, CBS' Madam Secretary and Sony Crackle's StartUp.

The festival will also screen the premiere of the latest season of Tracey Ullman's Show, followed by a discussion between the HBO show's eponymous star and executive producer and Meryl Streep. And the Tribeca TV Festival will host the world premiere of the first episode of the 12th season of CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, with the late host and W. Kamau Bell in Kenya. The screening will be of an extended cut of the final episode finished with Bourdain's full involvement and the last to feature his narration and will be followed by aconversation with Bell and Bourdain's closest collaborators.

The festival will also world premiere National Geographic's scripted and unscripted hybrid limited series Valley of the Boom about the rise and burst of the late-'90s dot-com bubble. And Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will debut their teenage comedy dramedy Wayne from YouTube Premium.

The festival will host panel discussions with Bryan Cranston and Rosario Dawson and screen a selection of indie pilots, extending pilot season from April's Tribeca Film Festival.

“TV reaches audiences anywhere — in their homes, on their tablets, on their phones — but it’s also special to experience them on the big screen with others at the Tribeca TV Festival,” said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro.

Tribeca co-founder and executive chair Jane Rosenthal added, "Tribeca has created a platform that lets episodic storytellers experience their stories directly with their audiences. We’re excited to celebrate these cultural icons and new voices with the second annual TV Festival."

Tribeca Enterprises executive vp Paula Weinstein added, “Through episodic storytelling you become deeply invested in characters for years, or even decades. At Tribeca TV we are celebrating the genius of Tracey Ullman and her characters we have loved for 30 years, the 20 anniversary of Law & Order SVU and the creators and characters who have enthralled us, the 6th season of Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan, Bryan Cranston’s dynamic performances throughout his career, and finally a decade of Shark Tank and all of the careers they have launched. With so much incredible work being showcased on TV, the process of discovery can be the most exciting — and the most overwhelming — for audiences. Tribeca TV is here to help!  We hope our guests will discover their newest TV obsession among our series premieres from Valley of the Boom to American Style, or broaden their horizons even further with world-premiere indie pilots and digital series."

Monday, August 20, 2018

Law and Order SVU season 19 DVD release date


Law and Order SVU season 19, the first for Chicago Justice’s Philip Winchester, has been announced for DVD. Here’s the SVU season 19 DVD release date.

The Law and Order SVU season 19 DVD set is officially coming to fans next month.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment, which is the home video arm of NBC‘s parent company NBCUniversal, has formally announced a DVD release for the Dick Wolf drama’s latest season.

Per the fine folks at TV Shows on DVD, Law and Order Special Victims Unit: The Nineteenth Year will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 4. That’s a little over two weeks from today.

It’s also three weeks ahead of the SVU season 20 premiere, as the show returns to NBC with new episodes on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Here’s the studio’s official description of the DVD release:

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf comes the 19th season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the longest-running primetime drama currently on U.S. television.

Mariska Hargitay returns as Lieutenant Olivia Benson, a role that has earned her eight Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. As acting commander of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, Lieutenant Benson leads a team of dedicated detectives seeking to bring sexually violent criminals to justice.

Season 19 features guest appearances by Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) and Sam Waterson (Law & Order). Watch all 24 action-packed episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment hasn’t given out any information about the set’s bonus features or technical specifications. Other than the release date, the only detail that’s been made public is the set’s price: $34.98.

This is an MOD (manufacture on demand) release, meaning that the DVD’s won’t be available in stores—fans will have to order them from online retailer Amazon. So far, Amazon does not have a pre-order listing available for this set, but we’ll update this article when one becomes available.

What’s interesting is how late this announcement came. The DVD releases for the latest One Chicago seasons were announced last month.

Yet, interestingly, even though it’s taken much longer for SVU to be confirmed on DVD, this set will be available before Chicago PD, which isn’t being released until Sept. 11.

The SVU season 19 DVD release should be of interest to both One Chicago and Law and Order fans, though, as this is the season in which former Chicago Justice star Philip Winchester joined the cast as Assistant District Attorney Peter Stone.

Regions for this set has not been release yet.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Season 20 Air Date, Spoilers: Series to Recast Old Favorites and Add New Characters; New Poster Unveiled

“Law & Order: SVU” season 20 is the upcoming installment of one of the longest drama series to air on TV. The series is still going strong after two decades and the viewers are always excited for a new season to arrive.
The last episode of “Law and Order: SVU” season 19 aired on May 23, 2018, and it was the 434th episode of the show. The upcoming season will feature some special scenes based on the original episodes

New Poster
“Law & Order: SVU” season 20 has a new poster and it was made to commemorate the show’s 20th anniversary. E! News shared the drama’s new poster, which was simply captioned "20 Years Strong."

“Law and Order: SVU” season 20 will still star Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Philip Winchester and Ice-T. Of course, there will be guest stars and fans can anticipate unexpected big stars to be on the show as another way to mark its 20 years on the air.

We can all see Christopher Meloni (Detective as Elliot Stabler), Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson), Richard Belzer (John Munch) and Dann Florek (Donald Cragen). As per TV Insider, Dylan Walsh (John Conway) will also be back in a recurring role

The next season of Dick Wolf‘s "Law & Order: SVU" is bringing back an actor that fans of the franchise will definitely recognize. The Nikki Staines character will also make an appearance on “Law & Order: SVU” season 20. She will be back for an episode titled “Revenge.”

New Addition
“Law and Order: SVU” season 20 will have new additions to the cast. Deadline reported that George Newbern (Dr. Al Pollack) has been confirmed to star as Detective Amanda Rollins’ (Kelli Giddish) ex-boyfriend and it will be a recurring character.

Air Date
“Law & Order: SVU” season 20 is debuting on Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. on NBC. Fans will be treated to a two-hour premiere episode.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

From:zimbio.comBy Emma Courtright

The same way I find comfort in Say Yes to the Dress, Pioneer Woman, and Queer Eye, I find comfort in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I've been watching the show – unparalleled in its devotion to sexual violence – longer than the Parents Television Council would deem appropriate. Despite the show's graphic nature, or possibly because of it, SVU has become my televised home base and my small screen safe space.

Of course, I’ve occasionally dabbled with the original Law & Order, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but neither are as compelling as SVU. Apparently, American audiences feel similarly. With Season 20 of Law & Order: SVU set to premiere this September, the series has successfully outlasted the show's other iterations.

From the familiar opening lines ("sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous…") to the plot’s near-rhythmic structure, to the dedicated detectives who've investigated all 435 of those vicious felonies, there is something in the SVU Kool-Aid. And women, it turns out, are thirsty as hell.

Last season, the series raked in an average 8.57 million viewers, and while we don't have specific numbers in terms of gender, a 2016 New York Times study of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook Likes, files Law & Order: SVU alongside Cake Boss, Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Bad Girls Club in terms of audience similarity. If SVU stacks closest to shows airing on TLC, Bravo, and Oxygen, we’re pretty damn comfortable in presuming the vast majority of SVU's audience identifies as female.
How, then, did a show originally pitched under the explicit title "Sex Crimes," a show so unabashedly rooted in characters' sexual trauma, become a viewing staple for so many American women? Like SVU's best episodes, there is no singular explanation.


1. Olivia Benson: The Patron Saint of SVU

Following Detective Elliot Stabler's (Christopher Meloni) departure in Season 12, SVU undoubtedly became Olivia Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) show, if it wasn't already. The product of rape herself, Benson anchors SVU's heart and soul and serves as the series' moral compass. Quick to believe victims and quick to assail their attackers, Benson's strength and empathy – two qualities often juxtaposed in police procedural dramas – make her accessible for viewers. Despite her own two assaults, Lieutenant Benson has been fighting fiercely on behalf of survivors for the past 20 years, making her the longest-running female character currently on TV in a primetime non-animated series.

2. In the Special Victims Unit-verse, we have a better, fairer justice system

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 2 out of 3 sexual assaults go unreported, with perpetrators of sexual violence less likely to go to jail or prison than other criminals. In steps Law & Order: SVU, where brutal, heart-wrenching storylines are wrapped up within an hour. Most episodes play out something like this: character is assaulted, "dun, dun," the offending assaulter is found, tried, and put in jail. All within the hour! The police rarely question a victim's clothing, or drag their sexual history through the mud. The show also raises real-life issues within the criminal justice system. In 2010, the episode "Behave" raised the issue of backlogged rape kits around the country – a problem which Benson and Stabler were able to overcome, naturally.


3. SVU can be a brutal, yet informative teacher

Law & Order: SVU has taught me many things, my Miranda rights included. But part of me suspects I watch SVU for the same reason I read Fox News comment sections: There's power in seeing what you dread most put in front of you so plainly. It toughens you up, and quickly. As Emily Nussbaum writes in the New Yorker, "[Law & Order: SVU] also has a strange therapeutic quality for any woman, a ritualistic confrontation with fear: it might upset you to watch one rape story, but it thickens your skin to watch a million."


4. SVU addresses rape differently than most shows

Game of Thrones lights the match of 1,000 think pieces any and every time it features rape, while Law & Order: SVU centers on sexual assault every single week with hardly a blink. Why? I'd argue, for one, SVU doesn't necessarily use rape as a plot device to add complexity to female characters. Whereas Thrones often uses rape the way an inept cook uses seasoning, Special Victims Unit is devoted solely to sexual assault. This is SVU's wheelhouse and, for better or worse, the show knows what it's doing (most times).

More importantly, SVU can actually help viewers' understanding of consent. According to the Atlantic, a 2015 study by Washington State University found that "exposure to Law & Order was associated with 'lower rape-myth acceptance,' greater intentions to seek consent for sexual activity, greater intentions to refuse unwanted sexual activity, and greater intentions to adhere to decisions related to sexual consent."


5. The show can be therapeutic for viewers who have dealt with sexual assault

I think this dismisses the spectator too easily. It's difficult to say how many women watching Law & Order: SVU are survivors themselves. Given 1 in 5 women in the US have been sexually assaulted, and two-thirds of the show's audience is female, upwards of one million sexual assault survivors could be tuning in any given Wednesday night at 9 p.m. (the show's time slot for the past six seasons). That is to say, a lot of SVU's viewers are also survivors. Now, you could make this argument for any show with a female-led audience, but why would women who've experienced sexual assault keep coming back to a show that can be so relentless in its portrayal of sexual assault? I think it's simply because Law & Order: SVU is doing so with more rigor, and more empathy, than any other show of television.




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