TVLine Items: Law & Order Vet Joins House of Cards, Lake Season 2 and More

Jenna Stern House Of Cards

Law & Order franchise staple Jenna Stern is entering the world of politics and corruption via a multi-episode arc on House of Cards, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Stern — who has appeared on three Law & Order series playing a staggering seven different characters, including SVU judge Elana Barth — will play an ambassador at the United Nations.

A Netflix rep declined to comment.

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* Netflix dramedy Lilyhammer will return for an eight-episode third season on Nov. 21; star Steven Van Zandt will make his directorial debut with the season finale. (Check out the new key art here.)

* USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best on Tuesday night returned to 1.6 million total viewers, with 906K landing in the 18-49 sweet spot (in its first half hour), up 49 and 34 percent from its Season 1 premiere. The second installment retained 1.6 mil/.866K.

* A second season of the Emmy Award-winning drama Top of the Lake is being developed for the UK’s BBC Two by original writers Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, our sister site Deadline reports.