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NBC Renews Law & Order: SVU & More

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Olivia Benson and company aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. NBC just renewed Law & Order: SVU for an 18th season.

The long-running drama is now just a couple of seasons away from tying its parent show, Law & Order. That show ran for 20 seasons and aired 456 episodes. Speaking of the 400th milestone, SVU will past the 400-episode mark sometime next season.

SVU opened its 17th season with 8.3 million and a 1.8 rating and has averaged 7.2 mil/1.7 since. This isn’t the only Dick Wolf-produced show that just received a renewal. Find out which other show below.

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An Original Cast Member Leaves Law & Order: SVU

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Ever since Law & Order: SVU debuted 15 years ago, Richard Belzer has been a series regular. Next week, his character John Munch retires from the force. The October 16 episode will feature a goodbye to the character at his retirement party. It is reported that his character might appear in the future in a guest star capacity.

Even though SVU premiered in 1999, Belzer originated John Munch back in 1993 on Homicide: Life on the Street. Since then, his character has appeared in several crossover episodes and not just limited to Dick Wolf productions. Munch has appeared on The X Files, The Beat, Arrested Development, The Wire, 30 Rock and obviously the original Law & Order.

Will you miss John Munch? Are you still watching SVU? What do you think of Season 15? Sound off below.

During Law & Order: SVU‘s hiatus, several scandals have dominated headlines. If you watch the show, you’re very well aware of its mandate to rip from the headlines. What’s extra juicy about an upcoming episode is that they’re combining two of the summer’s most scandalous in ONE episode. Yup, two for one. Executive producer Warren Leight confirmed he’s combining the much-talked about shooting case regarding Trayvon Martin with Paula Deen’s “n-word” debacle on the same show.

“[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him,” Leight tells Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a lot of stop and frisk elements to that as well.”

He also adds the episode will raise such questions as “Is racial profiling justifiable? Can self-defense involve racial profiling?” He continues, “We’re diving right into that. Can that happen in New York? Absolutely.” The best part of the highly-anticipated episode is who’s playing Deen-like character. Find out below.

find out who’s playing Paula Deen after the jump

NBC & CW Announce Several Show Renewals

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It’s that time of year when networks start announcing show renewals. While some are expected, many viewers, including myself, wonder about their favorite on-the-bubble series. Both The CW and NBC gave the official word on two and five dramas respectively. See if your favorites made it to Fall 2013.

First up is The CW. The network previously announced Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and Arrow were returning. Joining the trio on the fall schedule are Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie. Despite having dedicated fans, both shows were iffy to return due to mediocre ratings. Reportedly, both are solid digital performers– DVR and online.

In a somewhat surprising twist, the network also gave the greenlight for The Vampire Diaires spinoff. The backdoor pilot which aired this past Thursday garnered fewer numbers than a normal Diaries episode, but The Originals is a go for next season. Still waiting to hear their fate are Nikita and The Carrie Diaries. Hopefully, both earn another year as well. They’re two of my favorite on The CW.

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LMFAO: NBC’s Ratings Are So Bad That…

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Holy embarrassing Batman. This past Thursday night, NBC Cleveland affiliate WKYC-TV decided to preempt NBC’s scheduled lineup. Instead of airing a repeat of The Office and Law & Order: SVU and new episode of 1600 Penn, WKYC-TV aired a program from the 90s. LOL. The hilarious part… their rebellious airing beat 1600 Penn’s recent ratings in the Cleveland market. To be fair, it was on par with The Office, but rated significantly lower than the SVU repeat.

After winning last year’s November sweeps for the first time since 2003, NBC has fallen on hard times. Without football, The Voice and Revolution, the peacock network fell to fifth during the recent February sweeps. That’s right… FIFTH. For the first time in history, the Spanish-language network, Univision, beat NBC in the coveted 18-49 demo. LOL. Given it’s abysmal ratings, I don’t blame Cleveland for their experiment. Find out what they aired instead below.

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Rihanna & Chris Brown are back together, but the infamous and unfortunate “incident” that occurred before the Grammy’s a few years back hasn’t gone away.

In next week’s episode of Law & Order: SVU, without saying it exactly in so many words, they are portraying a story inspired by what happened between Rihanna and Chris Brown – complete with the photographed bruised face. The narrator says, “A familiar story of two celebrities intertwined by abused.

Instead of Chris, the character’s name is Caleb and the members of the SVU team have a hard time getting through to the abused girlfriend because they say Caleb has a hold on her. Of course it’s Law & Order so expect a twist at the end of the episode, just as the preview suggests. Check out the preview below.

Preview after the jump…

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is one of the shows I should probably break up with. Fourteen seasons is a lot of time to invest on a drama. In my defense, it’s the only crime procedural I watch religiously. I never got into any of the CSIs, both NCIS series or other crime-solving franchises. That said, I’m really looking forward to Kevin Bacon’s The Following on FOX. That looks soooooo good.

Even though very little surprises me on the show anymore, there is something that keeps drawing me in. When Stabler (Christopher Meloni) left, it would’ve been an ideal time to bid sayonara, but my curiosity got the better of me. I wanted to check out the new additions. Surprisingly, I’ve grown to like both Det. Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) and Det. Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish). I’m sure I’m not alone with this sentiment and figured there might be a couple of you who might find this bit of casting news interesting. Find out upcoming guest stars below.

find out who after the jump

Law & Order: SVU” returns this week, signaling a string of new episodes. Amen to that. Even after 13 seasons, this NBC crime drama is still one of my favorite shows on television. Along with their recognizable musical intro, SVU is known for their high-profile guest stars. In the coming weeks, there are a few noteworthy names dropping by the set including one of my favorite actresses, Chloe Sevigny. As much as I adore the fashionable Sevigny, it’s another special guest star I’m most looking forward to.

In the episode titled, “Learning Curve“, this culinary master is set to play a private school headmaster. The show airing April 25th revolves around a teacher who is fired from his job after being accused of inappropriate behavior with a student. Care to make any guesses on whom between Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart or Bethenny Frankel will moonlight as an actress? All three are proven ballbusters and would make a believable tough school headmaster. Continue reading to find out.

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