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Fall TV Preview: Law & Order: SVU

Returning drama, 9-10PM, NBC

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SVU celebrates its 12th season with a brand-spanking-new set. ”A calamity occurs in episode 4,” explains exec producer Neal Baer. Along with the fresh digs comes new ADA Mikka Von (Precious’ Paula Patton). The series kicks off with a typically twisted tale of a mother (Joan Cusack) who attempts to remake her foster child in the image of her kidnapped biological child. But pay attention to the helpful man (played by Lost‘s Henry Ian Cusick) who finds the runaway foster kid, and then hits it off with Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay). Teases Baer: ”[Benson] is definitely going to get some things she has wanted this year.” SEPT. 22