TVLine Items: SVU Vet Returns, Lewinsky Eyed For View Gig and More

Dann Florek Law & Order: SVU

O Captain, my captain… is returning to Law & Order: SVU.

Dann Florek, who long portrayed Captain Donald Cragen on the NBC drama, will return to the series for one episode, reports.

Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will also return as attorney Bayard Ellis in a May episode, in which Ellis represents a man who was imprisoned for raping his daughter — a case that Cragen helps re-open.

Florek left SVU last year after spending 15 seasons as a series regular.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The View has invited Monica Lewinsky to discuss her anti-bullying campaign as a guest on the show, leading to speculation (including that of our sister site, Deadline) that she is being primed to replace Rosie O’Donnell as co-host.

* ABC Family has picked up three unscripted reality series: Startup U, which follows a group of millennials as they embark on a semester at Draper University, learning how to launch a startup company; Next Step Realty: NYC, a docuseries about the employees at the titular Manhattan-based real estate firm; and Monica the Medium, which centers on a junior at Penn State University who can talk to dead people.

* The Blacklist‘s Hisham Tawfiq, who portrays Red’s bodyguard Dembe on the NBC drama, has been promoted to series regular for the show’s third season, Deadline reports.

* History Channel is developing The Boys of ’67, a scripted series about the only military division raised, trained and deployed en masse to service in Vietnam.

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  1. Dan says:

    Lewinsky’s TED Talk was fabulous… For society to continue to vilify her is wrong. She’s done a lot of growing, a lot of soul searching, and I think she’s come out a better, stronger person as a result. Can’t wait to see if she accepts the View’s invitation for a one-time chat.

  2. Nick says:

    Pumped that Dembe is a series regular!

  3. Hmm says:

    As much as I love Dann Florek, the better question is when the HECK is Chris Meloni coming back!?

    • He’s not. As Keanu Reeves said: HE’S NOT COMING BACK! He was making $400,000 per episode when he left. NBC probably doesn’t want to see the payroll go over $1 mil per episode, and Mariska is already over $400,000 per episode. What do you think will be left after they re-sign the other 5(Kelli, Danny, Raul, Peter and Ice-T)? NOTHING FOR CHRIS. THAT’S WHAT!

  4. Tori Coop says:

    “Florek left SVU…” LOL more like Warren Leight fired him. Come on, Dann, you’re better than this show.

    • I agree with you that Dann Florek was probably forced out. He was making $150,000+ per episode, and NBC has been cutting costs on this show since the end of season 12. No doubt that Richard Belzer was also forced out of the show. He was probably making at least the same as Florek, maybe even more.

    • "A" Has Spoken says:

      Well seeing how both characters were the age of retirement, it sort of fit. Especially with Belzer’s character. Plus, they did add someone else to the series regular cast this season (although I’m sure he’s only making like $65,000-$95,0000 per episode). Not to mention, they seem to be doing a “all-but-one-or-two-series-regulars-a-episode” kind of thing which bugs me.

  5. Mr. Tran K says:

    So excited for Dembe from The Blacklist getting promoted as series regular just like what Aram was.

  6. HAP says:

    Just what does the announcement about Dembe mean? Other than the pilot, he has been in every episode. Are they giving him a raise? Will he be in the opening credits? Otherwise, this seems like a non-story

  7. Holly Manley says:

    I don’t even understand why SVU is still on. Why not just call it the Olivia Benson show — and a horrible show it is.