The madness of 2014's Upfront season has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the major networks are without a few bombshells to drop. Sure, we've seen most of the official schedules, but NBC is the first to officially unveil their slate of fall 2014 premieres, surprisingly placing comic adaptation 'Constantine' for an October bow, with Katherine Heigl's TV return 'State of Affairs' moving even further back to November.
Law and Order
The first 'Hannibal' season finale "Savoureux" certainly made it appear as if we'd be spending quite a bit of time in the Baltimore State Hospital next season, but it seems one of the staff might enjoy a temporary sabbatical. Actor Raul Esparza has officially been upgraded to series regular from his recurring role on 'Law & Order: SVU' as ADA Rafael Barba, so might we be seeing less of Dr. Frederick Chilton?
Though NBC's long-running 'Law & Order: SVU' has already been renewed for a fifteenth season by the time of the Upfront presentations, less certain was the return of franchise staple Mariska Hargitay, whose negotiations remains incomplete even as of the most recent season 14 finale. The cliffhanger left Detective Olivia Benson's fate in a rather precarious place, but now Hargitay has officially confirmed her season 15 return. Get the latest details on 'Law & Order's future inside!
Did anyone else catch last night's "Chris Brown and Rihanna"-themed 'Law & Order: SVU'? NBC's hit crime drama has tackled many issues, often based on real-world controversies -- one example that comes to mind was that Jerry Sandusky-themed episode at the beginning of season 13. And last night, they continued this theme with the episode titled "Funny Valentine," which mirrored Rihanna's past abuse by Chris Brown, and our question is, did series creator Dick Wolf finally take things too far with the depiction or was it a hefty sized pill we all needed to swallow?
You can watch the entire Chris Brown/Rihanna 'Law & Order: SVU' below and read our thoughts on last night's episode.
Late yesterday we heard the surprising news that 'The Walking Dead' star Lauren Cohan would take part in an upcoming episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' tackling the infamous "legitimate rape" controversy borne of one-time Senate hopeful Todd Akin's public blunder. Now, the episode has gained even more note in casting another key player of the episode's storyline, attaching 'Homeland' star David Marciano for the role, but will the episode bring attention to the right cause?
While we wouldn't dream of spoiling the fate of 'Sons of Anarchy's Juice in last week's season finale "J'ai Obtenu Cette,' rest assured that star Theo Rossi isn't hurting for work just yet. The actor will next take his talents to an upcoming episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' fighting on the side of the angels this time. Find out who Rossi will bring to 'Law & Order' inside!
'Community' is ready to bang the gavel with yet another high-concept episode this Thursday April 26, as the Greendale gang turns to 'Law & Order' for inspiration in its procedural spoof "Basic Lupine Urology" (an inspired reference if you get it). So while 'Community' always goes out on a wire for these experimental episodes, how would you like a first look?