via press release:
ALEC BALDWIN GUEST STARS AS A CONTROVERSIAL NEW YORK NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST IN ‘SVU’ EPISODE DIRECTED BY SERIES STAR MARISKA HARGITAY
Katie Couric Makes Cameo Appearance as a Talk Show Host
Universal City, Calif., February 25, 2014 – Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) makes a special guest appearance on NBC’s hit Wolf Films/Universal Television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” playing Jimmy MacArthur, a controversial New York newspaper columnist who questions the SVU squad’s motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case. The episode also marks the directorial debut of “SVU” star Mariska Hargitay, whose character, Sergeant Olivia Benson, goes head to head with MacArthur. Katie Couric also makes a cameo appearance, playing herself as a talk show host who quizzes MacArthur about the headline grabbing case.
The episode, “Criminal Stories,” airs Wednesday, March 19, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
"I'm thrilled to be directing,” said Hargitay. “It's been a goal of mine for a long time, and it's quite an experience to see it realized. My respect for the process of making this show and telling these important stories deepens with every scene we shoot. I have always been so honored to work with this cast and crew, but never more so than now, as a director collaborating in a new way. And I've watched Alec on screen for so long and always hoped we would be able to work together some day. Having the opportunity to tell this story with him, having him bring his experience, depth, truthfulness, and fierce commitment, honestly feels too good to be true.”
“New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom,” Executive Producer Warren Leight added. “In our story, ‘Jimmy Mac’s’ reporting interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial. We couldn’t ask for a better actor for Mariska to work with in her directorial debut. Their chemistry on screen is palpable.”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” in its fifteenth season on NBC, continues to bring compelling and timely stories to the screen. The episode airing Wednesday, Feb. 26 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) features guest star Jonathan Silverman as a famous comedian whose rape jokes and attitude towards women cross the line.
“Criminal Stories” is based on a story by Warren Leight and Julie Martin, and the teleplay is by Peter Blauner. Dick Wolf, Warren Leight, Julie Martin and Peter Jankowski are Executive Producers.