You know what they say: Where there’s smoke, there’s usually a red-hot casting scoop.

There I was, enjoying a late-night dinner Sunday on New York’s Upper West Side when who, pray tell, should walk by but Dylan McKay himself — Luke Perry! I quickly asked myself, “Self: What’s Luke Perry doing in the Big Apple?”

A few phone calls, two picked locks and one well-placed bribe later, I got my answer: He’s in town shooting an episode of Law & Order: SVU. And not just any episode: Perry’s appearing in the hit procedural’s Sept. 23 season premiere, an hour that also features guest turns by Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, ER) and Julie Bowen (Lost, Boston Legal, Ed).

According to sources, the plot revolves around a couple (Perry and Bowen) that stands accused of abusing their foster child. Gilbert plays the boy’s biological mother.

The episode also marks the debut of SVU‘s new ADA, played by One Tree Hill knockout Michaela McManus, and deals with the repercussions of Benson’s attempted rape, and answers some lingering questions surrounding the possible transfer of Ice-T’s Fin.

Bottom line: This episode is going to be smokin‘!

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
  • TV Show
  • 24