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"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"
10/02/2013 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : A CELEBRITY RESTAURATEUR (GUEST STAR CYBILL SHEPHERD) CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE IN A RACIALLY-CHARGED MURDER CASE. ALSO GUEST STARRING JEFFREY TAMBOR.
A string of rapes on the Upper West Side raises concerns across the city, and while Detectives Tutuola (Ice-T) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) question everyone who fits the suspect's description, celebrity chef Jolene Castille (Shepherd) fears she's the next victim when someone follows her home. The SVU arrests her for shooting and killing the unarmed teen, and her attorney (Tambor) faces off against ADA Barba (Ra�l Esparza) in a trial that tests the limits of the jury's moral and legal responsibilities. Meanwhile, Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) continues to struggle with the aftermath of her traumatic ordeal. Also starring Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch) and Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro). Also guest starring Leslie Odom, Jr. (Reverend Curtis Scott), Bill Irwin (Dr. Lindstrom) and Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner).
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ADDITIONAL NOTES: renewed through the 2015-16 season (the show's 17th) on 2/5/15
DESCRIPTION: (from NBC's press release, February 2015) NBC has announced it's renewing dramas "The Blacklist" (season 3), "Chicago Fire" (season 4), "Chicago P.D." (season 3), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (season 17) and "Grimm" (season 5) for the 2015-16 season. The longest-running drama on television set to enter its 17th season in the fall, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is averaging a 2.5 rating, 7 share in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers. That matches the show's highest 18-49 rating at this point in the season in four years (since earning a 2.8 in 2010-11). In total viewers, "Law & Order: SVU" is up +10% this season versus last (9.5 million vs. 8.7 million), and is delivering its biggest overall audience at this point in the season in six years (since averaging 10.5 million in 2008-09). Also from Universal Television and Wolf Films, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. The series stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mariska Hargitay as Sgt, Olivia Benson, acting commander of the SVU. Also starring are Ice-T, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza and Peter Scanavino.