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Law & Order Fans More Informed About Consent; CSI Fans Less So

Originally posted 10/20/2015 03:55PM

Turns out Detective Olivia Benson may be doing more to prevent sexual assault offscreen than on.

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Law & Order Director Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Law & Order Director Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Originally posted 07/29/2015 10:00PM

Law and Order director, Jason "Jace" Alexander, has been arrested on two charges of child pornography.

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The Behind-the-Scenes Stories from Law & Order's Early Cast Will Leave You in Stitches

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The Behind-the-Scenes Stories from Law & Order's Early Cast Will Leave You in Stitches

Originally posted 07/29/2015 12:45PM

It's been 25 years since Law & Order first hit the airwaves, making avid fans and amateur sleuths out of us all.

Though the groundbreaking cop drama centered on some of New York City's most gruesome crime stories, when stars Dann Florek, S. Epatha Merkerson, Carolyn McCormick and Jill Hennessy think back on the show's early days, all they can do is laugh.

In celebration of the show's September anniversary and WE TV's current Law & Order Binge-A-Thon, PEOPLE sat down with the four actors, who dished on everything from cracking jokes during gory corpse scenes to scary run-ins with real life criminals.

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'Yellow King Theory': Watch the Web's Funniest True Detective Parodies | Matthew McConaughey

'Yellow King Theory': Watch the Web's Funniest True Detective Parodies

Originally posted 03/09/2014 04:40PM

With its obsessed fan base, wild-eyed monologues and sprawling Lovecraftian mythos, HBO neo-noir True Detective is ripe for satire. As the series gears up for its finale Sunday night, a number of online jokers have gotten their parodies out at exactly the right time.

Our favorite is Onion veteran David Sidorov's "Yellow King Theory," which pokes fun at the insane brand of hyper-analysis the show has inspired in its fans. Sidorov's theory of who the real killer is might seem unconventional at first, but with his obsessive eye for detail, he's spotted clues that more casual viewers probably missed.

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Law & Order Actor Dennis Farina Dies | Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina, of Law & Order, Dies

Originally posted 07/22/2013 02:00PM

Dennis Farina, a familiar TV and movie face who played roles on both sides of the law, died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital. He was 69.

His rep, Lori De Waal, tells the Associated Press that Farina had suffered a blood clot in his lung.

A Chicago native from a large Sicilian-American family, Farina served for 18 years on the Chicago police force's burglary division before turning to acting when he was 37.

While his most famous role was probably that of Det. Joe Fontana on Law & Order from 2004 to 2006, Farina racked up an impressive list of credits that included the movies Saving Private Ryan for director Steven Spielberg, That Old Feeling with Bette Midler, Get Shorty with John Travolta, and Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro.

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What Are Kirstie Alley's Post-Dancing Plans? | Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Kirstie Alley's Post-Dancing with the Stars Plans: Watching Law & Order in Bed

Originally posted 11/14/2012 09:00AM

Another era of Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy has come to an end.

Arguably the goofiest duo on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, Alley, 61, and Chmerkovskiy, 32, kept the jokes coming, even after being sent home during Tuesday night's double-elimination.

When asked how she managed to tame her bad-boy partner, Alley told PEOPLE with a laugh, "Tranquilizers. Horse tranquilizers because human ones didn't work."

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INSIDE STORY: Did a Mom Take Her Missing Child Story from Law & Order?

Did a Mom Take Her Missing Child Story from Law & Order?

Originally posted 11/11/2011 04:00PM

Police say they may have a case of life – and perhaps a crime – imitating television.

Julia Biryukova, 30, claims that her 2-year-old son, Sky, vanished from her parked car last weekend in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Wash., after she left him alone when she ran out of gas and walked to a service station.

But police have yet to find young Sky Metalwala despite a wide-scale search involving scent-sniffing dogs, and now there are lingering questions about the mother's role in the case.

"We suspect foul play," Bellevue Police Major Mike Johnson said in a press conference Wednesday. "Nothing about the story adds up."

In a twist, he notes that a recent Law & Order: SVU episode that aired locally the night before Sky's disappearance was found to be "strikingly similar" to Biryukova's claims. The episode involved a mother who covers up her child's death by claiming it was abducted from a parked car.

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PHOTO: The New Look of Law & Order: SVU | Mariska Hargitay

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Law & Order: SVU's Revised Cast

Originally posted 09/16/2011 10:45AM

After 12 years on NBC, major upheavals are afoot for Law & Order: SVU.

First came word that Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay, who welcomed baby Amaya in March, would be scaling back on the job. Then, reports hit the Internet that Jennifer Love Hewitt would be stepping into the lead role.

Only SVU's executive producer and showrunner, Warren Leight, says "all of that changed" when longtime cast member Chris Meloni departed the show.

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Mariska Hargitay to Head Back to Work


Mariska Hargitay to Head Back to Work

Originally posted 03/23/2009 06:50AM

After a nearly three-week absence, Mariska Hargitay is scheduled to return to the set of Law & Order: SVU on Monday, a rep for NBC confirms to PEOPLE.

Hargitay, 44, underwent surgery for a partially collapsed lung in early January, but returned to work later that month. She went back into the hospital again on March 3 and has been sidelined ever since. The Emmy winner has not revealed the cause of her ailment.

On March 9, Hargitay's rep issued a statement to say, "Mariska is recovering well and is expected to return to SVU in the next couple of weeks."

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