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September 26th, 2012  /  Jessica

Danny Pino has teased that Amaro and his wife will have a “rocky” time in the new season of Law & Order: SVU.

Speaking to Digital Spy at this summer’s Monte Carlo Television Festival, Pino refused to give away too much about what’s coming up in the new episodes.

Watch Danny Pino speaking to Digital Spy about Law & Order: SVU below:

However, he revealed: “I know there’s going to be continued conflict on the home front for Amaro. I think his relationship with his wife is getting incredibly rocky.

“It is very contentious and potentially at the point of collapse, and so that will also influence how he investigates and his demeanour in the squad room, which is always very exciting for an actor to play.”

Pino also explained that he is looking forward to exploring the conflicts between the characters now that there are no new people to introduce.

“We really get to invest in those relationships and invest in those characters,” he said. “A lot of the groundwork has already been laid, and now it’s time to bring in the harvest.”

Law & Order: SVU returns for its new season tonight (September 26) at 9/8c on NBC. The show returns to the UK Sunday, October 14 at 10pm on the Universal Channel.

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September 23rd, 2012  /  Jessica

Warning: Spoilers! Do not read below, if you wish to remain spoiler free!

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit kicks off its 14th season by asking what once may have been an unthinkable question: Is Capt. Cragen a murderer?

“He should have not put that dead hooker in his bed,” executive producer Warren Leight says of last season’s cliff-hanger with a laugh. “Even if we know Capt. Cragen, it’s just never good to wake up with a dead hooker in your bed. That means you did something wrong.”

But did he? While Cragen (Dann Florek) comes under investigation, Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) will work furiously to prove his innocence, even though she has a new temporary captain (guest star Adam Baldwin) breathing down her neck. As Benson gets closer to the truth, she’ll learn what Leight says is a theme for the season: Everybody has secrets.

Read on to find out how quickly Cragen’s legal woes will be wrapped up, whether or not Detective Amaro (Danny Pino) can hold his marriage together, and why Law & Order: Criminal Intent‘s Kathryn Erbe will pay the SVU squad a visit this season. Plus: Will we finally meet Munch’s mother?

You’re coming back from a very big cliff-hanger. How challenging was that?
Warren Leight:
I enjoyed ending the season that way. And then we got lucky because NBC said they wanted us to do two hours [on premiere night]. They didn’t necessarily mean a two-parter. That’s a big departure for Law & Order to have a three-part story spread out over three episodes. It required a little bit of persuasion, but essentially we have a movie that we shot over the course of 24 days. There are high stakes. Not only is there a dead hooker in Cragen’s bed, but obviously there’s a lot of tension between Amaro and Benson. We kept a lot of plates spinning and it was just a thrill to get to work in a longer form, For Dann Florek I don’t think it was too much fun. I think he prefers a tailored suit to an orange jumpsuit.

You could have presumably brought any of the SVU detectives under suspicion as last season’s big twist. Why Cragen?
He’s the father figure. You think he’s the last guy that would happen to, but he has his demons. We believe he has them under control. He was by far the most interesting character to involve, and if it’s a frame-up, he would be a good guy to frame. There was that weird little episode, “Russian Brides,” where he went on that date. We saw a side of him we haven’t seen before. One of the things you could take away from that scene is underneath his character’s stoicism is some loneliness. And loneliness can lead people to make bad decisions.

Will Cragen’s case be resolved in the premiere, or will it take some time?
Leight: Some things are resolved, but there are long-lasting repercussions. It’s not Homeland. I admire and I envy their schedule, but I can’t drag it out for 23 episodes. What we’re trying to do is maintain continuity from one episode to the next. Episodes can be freestanding, but if Amaro and Benson have a tough time in one episode, it’s not like the next episode it didn’t happen. So we have a lot more continuity, a lot of story lines spilling over.

Paget Brewster is guest-starring on the premiere. What can you tell us about her character?
Leight: She’s playing Paula Foster, who’s the head of the D.A.’s public integrity unit. All of this is falling into her lap. She has a renegade squad that is desperately trying to free the Captain. She has Amaro as the last person to see the dead hooker alive. She obviously has pressure from the mayor’s office saying, “Clean this up and clean it up now.” She’s between a rock and a hard place, and her relationship with Olivia is very interesting. Olivia is doing everything she can to free Cragen, and Paget Brewster’s character is trying to figure out what the hell happened.

Is the relationship completely antagonistic, or does Benson realize that Foster could actually help her?
They have to find a way to work together or neither of them is going to get what they need. But there’s suspicion on both sides. The cop wants the arrest; the DA wants the conviction. And those are two very separate things. So Paget’s character has some very tough choices to make, and Benson is more of a true believer. She doesn’t understand that compromises need to be made from time to time.

How will Benson & Co. respond to their new interim captain, played by Adam Baldwin?
Leight: Adam’s character is a fixer. He comes into situations that are all screwed up, and his job is to figure out who’s straight, who’s corrupt, who can he trust to restore order. If he does the job right, he moves on. He’s politically connected at NYPD and he likes moving the pieces on the board. That’s an interesting guy to throw into SVU, because Olivia and Amaro are pieces that don’t like other people moving them.

We’ll also see Amaro’s wife again in the premiere, right?
Yes. We’re trying to show the cumulative toll this sort of work takes on our heroes. We know his marriage is on very shaky ground. It was working while his wife was overseas and since she’s come back it’s just been a disaster. Their big question is: Can they work through it or is it over?

What personal stories are you hoping to tell with the other characters?
We’re hoping to see Rollins’ sister arrive at some point this season. We referenced her a bit last year, and we hope to see a little bit of what shaped Rollins [Kelli Giddish]. I’d love to get a bit more for Finn [Ice-T], who’s been underserved in some ways. I’d like to find out a little bit more about him, like: Does he have a house? [Laughs] We saw a little bit of his son last year but there’s clearly more to understand about him. We may even get a glimpse of Munch’s [Richard Belzer] mother. We don’t know anything about her. I think it’s kind of interesting.

Has crafting this season been different now that you’ve been on the job a year?
It’s great to have a season under my belt. There was something exciting about hitting the ground running. I feel liberated from the “Can this show survive without Elliott?” thing. That drove me crazy last year. We were on a network that was having problems and the headline writers kept blaming [Christopher] Meloni‘s departure for the show’s low ratings. The thing I am most proud of is at the end of the year, our finale was NBC’s highest-rated finale. We had seven episodes in a row, and each week the ratings stepped up. I felt like, “Now we know there is a show after Elliott,” which I always knew that there was. I enjoyed being underestimated. It was like a little challenge, and this year the challenge is to keep it interesting and to get past the transition.

You’re bringing Law & Order: Criminal Intent‘s Kathryn Erbe to your squad room this season. How did that happen?
I did Criminal Intent for seven years. One of the things that’s strange is SVU fans watch Law & Order and Criminal Intent fans watch Law & Order, but Criminal Intent fans do not watch SVU. There’s not as much crossover between those shows as you might guess. And now that there’s only one show left, I’d like to bring those fans together. When we started to plot the fourth episode, we needed a Homeland Security agent. I didn’t want to just keep throwing new people into this mix, and our casting director said “What about your old friend Katie?” We were all like, “That’s it. We’re done.”

So what is her role exactly?
Once Katie said yes, we retooled the script a bit. The backstory is she worked the Major Case Unit for over a decade. Her partner left and she was looking for something new. She’s on loan to Homeland Security on a joint terrorism task force, which is high stakes and her character can handle that. It was great to have scenes between Katie and Mariska. These are two women who had long-term partnerships with difficult guys. These are two people who’ve been underestimated — who’ve worked just as hard, just as long —and people don’t quite get how good they are.

Is this a one-time thing, or will we see more of her?
Leight: She’ll come back. I don’t know exactly when, but she’ll be coming back. Katie is so believable as an NYPD cop. The notion of bringing in someone new when she was just sitting there seems crazy to me. She’s tough and she can be funny, but don’t mess with her.

Safe to assume you’ll still be ripping from the headlines this season?
I would say there’s an element of headline-ripping. Our third episode of the season is very much a courtroom drama with Roger Bart and Raul Esparza and Anna Chlumsky. Raul comes in as a DA loaded for bear. Anna Chlumsky’s character has written a book called Twenty Five Acts about a woman giving her life over to bondage and domination. The book is a runaway best seller and every woman in America is reading the book. She goes on a talk show, then goes out to dinner with the host, and then things turn ugly between her and the host.

Do you have an overall theme for the season?
We’re doing a lot with secrets. The secrets people keep and the damage those secrets do is part of the first five episodes. It’s an interesting way of looking at a lot of what happens in sex crimes. People stay in denial and hide things in themselves. People can seem to be decent, but people lead double lives and. How those secrets come out and what happens when the secrets come out is an interesting way of framing a lot of the episodes.

And will we learn that our heroes have their own share of secrets?
I think we have to. It’s not fair for just the bad guys to have secrets. In the premiere, Paget’s character says to Olivia, “Everybody has secrets. You do. I do. The captain does.” So, of course we’ll be seeing some of the ones our guys have. Obviously something’s going on with Cragen, but no one is exactly what they seem to be.

Any hints?
[Laughs] If I give you that, then they’re not secrets.

Law & Order SVU‘s two-hour Season 14 premiere airs Wednesday at 9/8c on NBC.

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September 13th, 2012  /  Meghan

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” may be an oldie, but its last season finale proved it is still a goody. The NBC procedural drama, which usually deals with one case a week, instead ended its final episode of Season 13 with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger.

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In a scene reminiscent of the “The Godfather,” Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) woke up in bed with blood on his hands. Instead of a thoroughbred horse’s head in his bed, though, he discovered a dead hooker [Pippa Black as Carissa] whose throat had been slashed.

“It could be a complete set-up, but I suspect if Cragen had it all to do over again, he would do a few things differently, and we’ll learn what those are as the [Season 14] episodes unfold,” showrunner and executive producer Warren Leight tells XfinityTV.com in an exclusive interview.”

When it returns to NBC on Sept. 26, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will air back-to-back episodes, so the story, which began last May, will actually wind up being a three-part investigation into the vicious power struggle between New York City’s top two escort businesses. It is a case that is in jeopardy of bringing down the SVU squad — and sending Cragen to jail for murder.

Rewatch the “SVU” Season 13 Finale:

Leight wouldn’t reveal if Cragen was set up or not, or even if he would be returning as Captain of the SVU squad if he is cleared of the murder, but here are some choice tidbits of what fans of the series can look forward to seeing:

How is Season 14 going to start?
We’re going to do something different for “Law & Order.” We’re going to follow up. So the season ended with a an escort dead in Cragen’s bed, and it seems like he has no idea how she got there. Where we got lucky was, quite by chance, NBC called and said they wanted two episodes for our first night back. They didn’t necessarily mean a two-parter, they just meant two separate episodes. Now we more or less had permission do a three-episode story, which is unheard of in the “Law & Order” world. So basically by the end of the day, we’ve essentially made a movie, a three-act movie.

So is Carissa going to be like the horse’s head that showed up in “The Godfather,” or did Cragen actually invite her over?

One of the themes of this three-parter and of this new season is secrets. There’s a line… we brought Padget Brewster into these two episodes as the District Attorney in charge of the public integrity unit, so she catches this case. And she says at some point in the episode to Olivia (Mariska Hargitay), “Everybody has secrets. You do, I do, your captain does. If a hooker ends up in your bed, whether or not he put her there, it probably means you did something wrong.”

Also, if you were paying attention to the finale, the last person to see Clarissa alive was Amaro (Danny Pino). So he’s going to be in the hot-seat as well.

Might Amaro have made some bad choices, too?
If you think about it, he’s got a lot of stressors going on right now. His marriage is not in great shape, his partnership with Olivia is definitely going through some tests at the moment, and he’s a very sensitive character. I think he feels like he did everything he could and Olivia hasn’t always had his back when he felt like she should have. We’re going to see Cragen in an orange jumpsuit at Rikers, and we’re going to see Amaro being interrogated by the D.A. There’s a lot of things in motion in these episodes.

Is Dean Winters back as Detective Brian Cassidy just for these episodes, or might he be back throughout the season?

I that the answer is he could possibly be back. Cassidy has a little history with Olivia. Obviously, Cassidy and Olivia had a little fling in Season 1. You can think that’s a long time ago so it doesn’t matter, but I think there’s a little bit of unfinished business there. It’s interesting to watch their relationship over the course of these two episodes.

Olivia is kind of vulnerable anyway because she just had to break up with Harry Connick’s character because he took the investigative job.

Yes. Once you start investigating corruption, a lot of people get dragged through the mud. She’s watching her captain and David Haden [Connick] get dragged through the mud, she’s seeing her partnership with Amaro get tested — and then there’s Brian Cassidy sitting there with that smile of his. And his character’s not exactly above reproach in all of this either. He’s undercover working for a pimp and sometimes it’s hard to tow that line. The question is: Has he gotten too close to Bart Ganzel, the pimp character Peter Jacobson plays?

So Mariska [Hargitay] is going to be on every episode this season, right?

But might there be a partner switch? When Christopher Meloni was there, the two of them were almost always together, but last season the partners mixed it up a little bit more.
It was fluid last year. We call it in the writers’ room, “Okay, now we need to doe-see-doe the partners a little bit.” Given the tension between Amaro and Benson, we may see a few other combinations early on in the season. We have a temporary captain coming in, Adam Baldwin, and he’s replacing Cragen because Cragen is not fit for duty at the moment. And Adam’s character is the guy who likes to come into a place… he’s a fixer . He likes to come in and move the pieces around the board and he may try. On the other hand, moving Olivia and Amaro, these are not pieces that like to be moved so it’s not an easy job stepping into that squad room and telling people what to do, but he’s going to try. So, you’ll see different combinations at work early on in the season.

Adam is there for three episodes. Does that mean by the end of the third episode, we’ll know the status of Cragen?
Possibly. One of the things we’re doing this year — I started this a bit last year — things will continue to reverberate. The mission statement of “Law & Order” is every episode is free standing and Dick Wolf has done very well by that. I think that means each main story should stand on its own, but what we’ve been trying to do is have a little more continuity, let things carry over, so if things have been going on in people’s personal lives, or if something that happens on a case, maybe the next week we see how it affects the partnership a little bit more. You’ll still be able to watch it and know what’s going on, but we’re arcing our main characters’ stories a bit through this season and that’s newish, I’d say, for the franchise. It used to be no matter what happened, the next week it was a full reset.

So you mentioned Padget Brewster and you mentioned Dean Winters and Adam Baldwin. Are there any other guest stars that you can talk about?
After the first two episodes, we’re off the air for something or other, and then we’re back on Oct. 10th for what I call our second premiere. And that episode has Anna Chlumsky playing the author of a bestselling book called Twenty-Five Acts, about a woman who gets caught up in the bondage and domination lifestyle. (laughs) I don’t know where we got that idea from. Anyway, she goes on a TV talk show, goes out with the host after the show and then everything after that is grey, I suppose I’d say.

We also have a new D.A. in that episode, Raúl Esparza comes in, and he’s terrific — both defending her and putting her through the paces. Roger Bart plays the TV talk show host.

The fourth episode has Kathryn Erbe coming to us as Alexandra Eames from “Criminal Intent.” Her character is now on a joint terrorism task force. Katie will be back later in the year at some point for sure and, I suspect, there’s room for another Dean Winters episode later on. He was pretty dynamic.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” premieres its 14th season on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 9/8c on NBC.


July 4th, 2012  /  Jessica

He found success in Tinseltown, but Danny Pino‘s dream is to bring his work home.

The Florida International University grad stars on NBC‘s “Law and Order: SVU,” playing a detective who investigates sexually-based offenses for an elite squad in New York City. He’s also known for another detective role, on the former CBScrime series “Cold Case,” and for his portrayal of Cuban entertainer Desi Arnaz in a 2003 TV movie.

But what Pino really wants is to be a working actor in South Florida. The region has grown as a TV and movie mecca in recent years, but Pino believes it has a way to go before it can be called a powerhouse production hub, like New York and Los Angeles.

“I just don’t see a reason why Miami can’t be a character in a show the way that New York is for ‘Law and Order.’ And I think Miami has an equally distinctive identity and is equally as compelling as New York but just different,” said Pino, 38, who is based in New York. “For me, it’s important not only to go and learn as much as I can from the most talented and intelligent people that are in the business, and work with them and grow as much as I can from them, but to take that and hopefully develop something here, with Miami talent telling Miami stories.”

There have been shows with Miami as a backdrop, such as the recently canceled “CSI: Miami,” but that was shot mostly in California, where the actors, writers and producers were based.

Pino had his first major stage role in Miami three years ago, in the Cuban-rooted play “Havana Bourgeois,” which he performed during his TV hiatus.

Whenever he has down time, as he did last month, he brings his wife, Lilly, and their two young sons to South Florida to visit family and friends, who are scattered throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

On a recent afternoon, he stopped by one of his old haunts, The Roxy Theatre Group, a Miami nonprofit arts school where he mentors aspiring young actors.

“Being an ex-member of our family, as we call it, he saw the ins and outs of so many things we did and created,” vice president Ulises Otero said. “So participating with us, he’s gone to the big time and now he remembers the little guys.”

Kids peppered Pino, who happily sat on a stage, with questions about “SVU” and “Cold Case.” A young girl in the back row asked how he got started in acting.

“I am doing what you are doing, sitting where you are sitting,” he replied.

Pino would love for them to have more local opportunities to pursue acting, something he didn’t find as a theater major at FIU.

“Whether it’s having an independent movie production company here, or whether it’s starting a production company that develops television shows based on stories in Miami, or developing an acting company in South Florida — to me all of those things are things that excite me,” he said.

His first big break

Pino and his four brothers were born in Miami and reared by Cuban exile parents. At home, the family watched TV shows such as “China Beach” and “LA Law.”

“It was always what my mom wanted to watch,” a tanned and relaxed Pino said jokingly. “That was my introduction to television.”

Acting became one of this creative outlets at Rockway Elementary School in Westchester, where he performed in plays.

“If I wasn’t drawing, I was writing. If I wasn’t writing, I was going back to my action figures and stuff. I had this whole storyline to all my ‘Star Wars‘ figures. I was always trying to tell a story. I was always trying to create, ” said Pino, who continued acting at Miami Coral Park Senior High and, later, FIU. Although he was studying engineering and pre-law, theater increasingly appealed to him.

“I realized that the longer the equations got, the more attractive acting became,” said Pino, who graduated from FIU in 1996. Over coffee and pastelitos with his father, who wanted Pino to pursue law school, they discussed his future.

“I didn’t realize that [acting] was something that I could actually do professionally. Unfortunately in Miami, I felt like there were very few opportunities to truly make it a profession. So I pitched to him, ‘Look, if I get into one of the top acting schools, I don’t think I am going to law school,’ ” Pino recalled.

He was accepted into the Tisch Graduate Acting Program at New York University, one of the top-tier acting schools nationally. “I think that is what gave me the confidence to believe that there was life outside doing theater out of pure love of it, but that you could actually maybe sustain yourself and a family.”

His first big break came in 2000: Performing Shakespeare in the Park in New York City when he was 27. He landed a part opposite Madonna in the London production of “Up for Grabs” in 2002. But the part that catapulted him into TV fame came in 2003 when he began playing rookie detective Scotty Valens, who helped solved old crimes on “Cold Case.”

“‘Cold Case’definitely was a sea change for me,” said Pino, who appeared throughout the show’s seven-year run and wrote two episodes. “When you are welcomed into people’s living rooms, it says not only a lot about the show and the quality of it and the people you are working with, but hopefully it also says something about your own work and where you are at and the all-star team you are surrounded by.”

While on “Cold Case,” Pino got the role of Arnaz in the 2003 CBS movie “Lucy,” which followed the rocky relationship with Lucille Ball and the rise of the sitcom “I Love Lucy.” To prepare, Pino watched a dozen episodes of the iconic show, recorded Arnaz’s voice and read his autobiography, “A Book.” Pino also learned to play the infamous drums that Arnaz became famous for.

“I had a very personal stake in making him the good guy because that was the way I saw him,” said Pino who learned that Arnaz struggled with the bottle and infidelity. “How do I incorporate this into his character and not make him the bad guy? How do I make him human, how can I make him three-dimensional and not this mustache-twirling villain?”

For the past year, Pino has investigated sex-based crimes as Detective Nick Amaro on “Law and Order: SVU.” It has a demanding schedule: Eight days to shoot one episode; 40 to 60 scenes per show; 22 episodes from July to May.

He admitted feeling pressure as the new addition to a cast who had worked together for more than a decade. He said the role was another opportunity to grow as an actor.

“The better team you play on, the better you play,” Pino said. “I have been lucky to have all-star teams I have played with. I feel the same kind of atmosphere on ‘SVU.'”

Source + video interview: here

July 1st, 2012  /  Jessica

Danny Pino never forgets where he came from. The actor is in town to visit his college alma mater (FIU), as well as friends and family, on a break from the NYC set of Law & Order: SVU. We talked to the father of two, 38, about his roots (he graduated from Miami Coral Park Senior High), his current TV gig and working with legends like Madonna.

You really are a local. How often do you come back to town?

I try to get here four to five times a year. I met my wife [actress Lilly Bernal] at Rockway Middle School. It was pretty much love at first talk. For us going home means going back to the 305. I’m very involved in FIU. I’m class of ’96 and my wife is class of ’97. I’m a member of the foundation board. We talk about where the university is strategically and the evolution of programs for the near and distant future.

What is it like joining such an established show?

I had been on another procedural show, Cold Case, for seven years, and I certainly respected the legacy of Law & Order, even though I had only seen a handful of episodes. Being a dad meant the reality was that I probably knew more about Dora and Diego [laughs]. But I saw the show with fresh eyes, and I wasn’t coming in with a bunch of baggage.

How different is “Cold Case” vs. “Law & Order?”

The centerpiece of L&O is the crime, and it starts with the writing. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It allows the audience to watch any given episode and can drop right in and not feel lost. I think the stark, raw structure has a lot to do with its longevity. There’s also incredible chemistry that has changed but in a way gotten deeper and more interesting. With Cold Case, there’s a much more poetic use of storytelling time, with the flashbacks and music and montages at the end. They are two different flavors.

You have worked with a diverse group of actors, in film, on stage, and on TV. How has that shaped you?

Thankfully I studied acting as a profession [at NYU] like anyone would study law or medicine. For me being in front of a camera is a matter of practicing and refining your art. I think if you’re telling a story worth telling it’s worth investing the time into developing.

What was it like acting with fellow Miamian Andy Garcia in the indie thriller “The Exodus of Charlie Wright?”

We watched Dolphins games together off set! He’s become kind of like a mentor to me. A sounding board is so important to have in this business, which is often difficult to understand. I’ve always watched him and paid attention to his career. I have a lot of respect for him as an actor, musician, director, a family man, the Renaissance Man that he is. How he carries himself and his business. To call him a friend, well, you hate to say it’s an honor, but you can’t help it.

It must have been something to act alongside Madonna in the 2002 London play “Up for Grabs.”

Everyone wants to know about that. She played an art dealer, and I was a dotcom millionaire cranked out on coke. What I can tell you is that she’s incredibly professional. She works as hard as anyone I’ve ever worked with. I think her approach is different given she’s a performer and been in front of an audience probably more than any actor could hope for, whether it’s in concert or making appearances or whatnot. She’s strong-willed, funny, generous. I grew to respect her process very much and learned a lot from her. You have to be on your toes; she never took a night off.

Source: here

May 25th, 2012  /  Jessica

“Law & Order: SVU” is a show that likes its episodes to have definitive endings, so it was surprising enough when word got out that Wednesday’s (May 23) season finale would be a cliffhanger.

And man, what a cliffhanger. It’s almost 24 hours later, and we’re just now picking our jaws up off the floor. Zap2it talked with showrunner Warren Leight, who wrote the finale with co-executive producer Julie Martin, about the finale, what it means for Capt. Cragen (Dann Florek) and the squad, the return of Dean Winters and more.

(Big spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen the episode yet.)

Zap2it: It seemed like Carissa [guest star Pippa Black] was maybe setting Amaro up, but then she ends up in Cragen’s bed with her throat slit.
Warren Leight: That’s good, right? We’ll find out more — I believe the season opener will pick up where this left off, so we’ll get a better sense of it. But I thought she was working Amaro [Danny Pino] pretty hard in the episode, and with luck we’ll figure out more ab that in the next episode. I’ll say it this way — Cragen is not the only one who’s going to get dirtied up, rightly or wrongly, before this all ends.

When you write an ending like this, do you already have part two in mind?
A little bit, yes. You don’t want to paint yourself into a corner. In fact, there were a number of scenes whe shot that didn’t make it into this cut that may make it into the next one. … It’s good to know who did it and why, and who’s pulling the strings. I don’t think we have every beat plotted out, and we may even do a two-parter to open the season. That’s still in discussion. We have booked many of the actors so they’re available when we begin shooting again in July. So just on that basis, we had to know who was complicit, because we had to know who was coming back.

How did you settle on Cragen for the final scene as opposed to any of the others?
Throughout the episode, there’s something going on with him. It could be just seen as, it’s the commissioner’s son [who’s involved in the case], and he’s protecting the commissioner. He knows where this is going. … The whole season, one of the things we were playing with, coming off the season opener where we had an Italian politician arrested for rape, is the squad is under a microscope. They’re pissing some people off, going after some powerful people, and there may be retribution. … Cragen has been getting a lot of scrutiny this year that the others are only partially aware of. So in this episode his behavior could be a function of all that scrutiny or a function of, if not complicity on his part, something he needs to hide. Every man has secrets — even Capt. Cragen.

There was a callback to the “Russian Brides” episode too, with the pictures sent to Cragen.
We’ll be revisiting that bit of blackmail as well. What secrets he’s been keeping and who’s found out about those secrets is what’s interesting to me. Amaro, that was the lead story in terms of watching a detective get played or not played. If you watch the episode and watch Cragen throughout, there’s a lot of stress on him. … Sometimes the actors would say, “What’s going on?,” and I’d go, “Yes.” [Laughs] It has to work if he’s completely innocent [or not] — because I didn’t want them to know. The best thing I could tell [Florek] was, “You have a secret. Play that you have a secret, and I’ll tell you what it is later in the year.” … The ordinary stakes of the story are kind of tough on him, and it spirals down from there. If he has a skeleton or two in his own closet, that can affect his judgment or behavior. Which doesn’t mean he killed the hooker in his bed — it just means it leaves him vulnerable.

You mentioned you had most of the guest actors booked for a return in the fall. Does that include Dean Winters?
Yes. Dean was in the first season, and he’s very much part of the lore of the show. … But I was reading on Twitter last night, and everyone was like, “Wow, is that Mayhem guy playing a cop?” He’s a terrific actor. … Olivia has that line that Cassidy used to work in SVU “last century,” and that’s true. The show has legs. But I thought he had a lot of swag to him — I was very impressed. I thought the tension between Cassidy and Amaro was very believable.

How would you assess your first season as the showrunner on “SVU”?
I came in as [Chris] Meloni walked out — we almost passed each other on the way, after I’d been assured he’d be coming back. So in a way that put a lot of pressure on us, but at the same time it opened the show up. It had been on for 12 years — the show needed some fresh air. After 12 years of anything, you need to open the windows and put on a fresh coat of paint, move the furniture around. The show needed that, and his departure actually made it — it was hard on the fans, and was very complicated even for Mariska [Hargitay], but it made it easier to change things. … To some degree I had wanted to go in a less vigilante-like direction for the SVU squad. I felt like over time, the art of interrogation had turned into more vilification, and I wnated to get back to the show’s roots and really depict the reality of these crimes and what they do to survivors and how people get processed through the system.

It both increased the pressure on us and freed us up to bring two new actors in. What was interesting was [as a result] we had a natural theme to go back to over and over, which was how do the old-timers react to the new people, how do the new people fit in, how does the captain deal with change in his department, how does Olivia deal with the departure of her partner. So while Mariska was dealing with the absence of Chris, Olivia could deal with the absence of Elliot. Different actors found different mentors on set, and when I saw that going on I tended to write scenes with those characters. … I’m proud of the season. I thought we really found different ways to tell stories. I thought Mariska had one of her best seasons in years. … It was like turning around an ocean liner in a canal, but I hope it was worth the effort.

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May 23rd, 2012  /  Jessica

When it comes to Law & Order: SVU‘s very transitional 13th season, the NBC procedural not only didn’t fumble the ball, it scored a touchdown — if you buy into one cast member’s metaphor.

Entering the fall minus Chris Meloni’s Stabler and adding in Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino as new arrivals, “We had to regroup, like a football team,” says Ice-T. “The quarterback changed, but we still had to move the ball down the field. And we did well.”

Praising the new team members, Fin’s portrayer says, “Danny came in, strong. Kelli came in, strong. And we shut down the doubters.”

Both Giddish and Pino say they received not only a “very warm welcome” from SVU‘s cast and crew, but saw their respective characters explored more than they could hope for in their first season.

As Atlanta transplant Det. Amanda Rollins, “They’ve given me a lot to work with — and I hope they give me more next season,” says Giddish. “Were still playing ‘musical chairs’ in terms of partners, and that’s a great way to go about exploring the different characters.”

Adds Pino, “That’s what you hope for when you’re putting it down on paper and discussing what you want to play. I had [pre-season] conversations with [showrunner] Warren Leight, and you hope that starts materializing — and it did. And that bodes well going into Season 14.”

For Pino’s Det. Nick Amaro, one part of his personal life — a shaky marriage to Laura Benanti’s Maria — will be touched on in tonight’s season finale. “There’s a scene that may or may not illuminate where their future is headed,” he hints. (Perhaps Matt Perry, or at least his new NBC sitcom costarring Benanti, plays into that plot point?)

As for the more dire elements of the Season 13 finale, all of the aforementioned actors hint at exciting, if not potentially grim, things.

“It’s a great cliffhanger, one that really mirrors a lot of stuff that’s been going on in front-page news,” says Giddish. Adds Pino, “It doesn’t end well [for certain characters], let’s put it that way. In fact it’s such a cliffhanger, if I say anything more, I’m going to give it up!”

Ice-T reveals that during the intense season-ender, “A lot of people end up in harm’s way.” And having been down this annual road before with SVU, he reminds, “You don’t want to go into the finale bleeding or shot, because that is not good. It’s hard for [contract] negotiations, too!”

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