‘L&O: SVU’: Guest star Hilary Duff may come clean

Since “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” has been preempted this week, I thought I’d share a quick update on ‘SVU’ news you can use.

First, I’m sorry there was no blog post about last week’s episode, “Ballerina,” one of the better episodes of this season. Intense performances from Carol Burnett and Matthew Lillard made this episode stand out—even if Stephanie March had little screen time for her character, Assistant District Attorney Alex Cabot. Come on, NBC, give her more screen time during her six-episode run and then _bring her back next season._

There was one red flag: Dale Stuckey, the new forensics technician played by Noel Fisher. Not only should ‘SVU’ _not_ be adding characters, this kid is rather annoying, and his aloof approach to crime scene investigation doesn’t fit in with the regular cast.

Hilary Duff will guest star in an episode later this season, E! News “reports”:http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b105528_hilary_duff_heads_law_order_svu_mariska.html/. This begs the question: does Duff come clean, let the rain fall, let the rain fall?

E! News also reported that series star Mariska Hargitay returned to work yesterday after recuperating from a second lung collapse. Hargitay missed at least one episode while she was out of commission for three weeks. No word yet on whether she plans to continue next season.

In other guest star news, Jeri Ryan will appear in three episodes in April as a defense attorney, the Charlotte Observer “reports”:http://www.charlotteobserver.com/132/story/618002.html/. For those not familiar, Ryan gained television notoriety by suiting up in tight spandex to play the hot alien chick on “Star Trek: Voyager” in the late ’90s.

And below is a look at next week’s episode, “Hell.”

_A young girl, Miriam Burdett (guest star Julyza Commodore), is found in an alley, with her throat cut and evidence of repeated rape and physical abuse. When asked to write who attacked her, because of her inability to speak, she draws a picture of the devil. When Detective Munch (Richard Belzer) investigates, he finds several reports of a local priest, Father Theo Burdett (guest star Robert Wisdom), who neighbors claim is a devil worshipper._

Check back with “Tube Talk” next week for more ‘SVU’ coverage.


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