Thursday, October 25, 2012
TV Guide's 2006 Fall Preview
D-I-V-O-R-C-E? Hargitay, who gave birth to a son in June, will appear in the new season's first episode (filmed last January) but won't be back until around episode 9. Her character's absence- she ditched sex crimes for computer cons- will allow plenty of time for the show to take a closer look at the Stabler family strife. "We're not even clear as to who wants the divorce and why," says Meloni on the confusion around the troubled marriage
Un-Stabler: Season 8 will find Stabler questioning his passionate approach to work. "I think he always felt the emotional wake of his estrangement from the two most important women in his life. The character find that rage starts eating him apart." Executive producer Neal Baer offers cryptically, "Something profound happens to him."
Is it getting hot in here? While Benson's away, Stabler will be teamped up for 6 episodes with Warrants officer, Dani Beck, played by Connie Nielsen. "SVU goes places it's never been before," Baer says. Adds Meloni, "Sparks fly". Excuse us? "I think my character is having a difficult time with where to place his emotions these days," the actor explains.