SVU Books Marcia Cross' TV Comeback

Law & Order SVU Marcia Cross Season 16 Cast

Marcia Cross soon will make her TV return as a desperate possibly depraved housewife.

The Desperate Housewives alum has been cast as a suspect on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU, E! Online reports. 

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Cross’ first role since Desperate‘s Bree will be Charmaine Briggs, the latest in a long string of novelist Walter Briggs’ wives. Walter’s daughters think Charmaine is sexually abusing their dad — hence the involvement of Benson & Co. (If the case reminds you of of Casey Kasem’s family drama, that’s no accident.)

Walter will be played by Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.); Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Mercedes Ruehl (Big) also will guest-star in the episode.

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Desperate Housewives ended its run in 2012. Since then, Cross was attached to the Fox comedy Fatrick, which didn’t make it past the pilot stage in 2013.

Cross’ episode of SVU will air Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 9/8c on NBC.

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  1. GuessWhat says:

    You must have missed her first TV comeback in the Albert Bartlett Rooster Potatoes commercial.

  2. ChicagoDan says:

    Yes to MC,, no to SVU and this Kasem ‘ripped from the headlines.’ C’mon Marcia you can do better than this.

  3. Tori Coop says:

    So can Warren Leight not write anything that doesn’t revictimize people that have gone through traumatic events in the past year? He doesn’t have one original story in him. He copies other shows then changes names on the front page of today’s paper. It’s so sad what this show has turned into.

    • SUSO says:

      You mean what the “Law & Order” franchise has done since its inception?

    • Sam says:

      Two possibilities to legitimize the “Tori Coop” comment – you’ve never seen any episode of any Law & Order show ever, or you are a CSI fan and hate that L&O started before and will likely out-last the CSI franchise. The “ripped from the headlines” format has been around since the mothership (Law & Order original) was launched in 1990. Please do your research. Thanks!

      • Tori Coop says:

        SVU has always ripped from the headlines (duh, you smart genius people) but no one has ever had to use weekly headlines to get through each week like Warren leight. You little folks are so cute.

        • Gary says:

          Boom! There hasn’t been an original episode all season. Older seasons had a “few” ripped from headlines but were never dependent on them for content every week. Very correct.

      • SAM says:

        Except SVU now is nothing but word for word ripped from headlines stories. There is no doubting any show today does the ripped stories (including the past mothership), SVU is too damn obvious and unoriginal with it. Even the earlier seasons you could tell they were tabloid stories but weren’t completely and utterly tactless and obvious.

        • worthymagic says:

          When you’re cutting from your budget(most specifically payroll) every year for 4 years, you get in the habit of cutting every chance you get. Every “Ripped From The Headlines” story usually involves a lot less work than an original one. It will be fascinating to see if NBC opens up the wallets when Everybody’s(except Mariska’s) contract expires at the end of this season. Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino made practically nothing for their first 4 year contract. Will NBC pay them or let them go(or make them beg?) Will NBC cancel SVU after this season because they don’t want to spend the money to bring it back? Will Dick Wolf please offer it to another station if NBC doesn’t want it? Maybe the future of NBC is a show like “The Slap”! They can then add “The Bite”, “The Kick” ‘The Hair Pull” etc.

  4. Ro says:

    Love Marcia Cross and love the potato commercial.

  5. Adra says:

    This sounds like a cracktastic episode. That’s the norm with SVU.