Even though “Law & Order: SVU” may be far from the most-successful crime show on Thursday night in comparison to “Criminal Minds,” they did just score a major coup — booking Paget Brewster for her first major TV role since leaving the CBS crime drama earlier this year after a 125-episode run.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brewster is going to take on the role of the head of the Public Integrity Unit at the District Attorney’s Office for the long-running NBC show’s season 14 premiere on Wednesday, September 26 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Specifically, she is going to be taking on the case of Captain Cragen, who woke up during the season 13 finale next to a dead woman. Unsurprisingly, this has led to him being suspected of killing her.
Brewster has definitely had a pretty interested run on TV lately. She originally chose to leave “Criminal Minds” back in 2011, but ultimately returned the next season and it was revealed that her character had faked her own death — otherwise known as a great story trick to keep her on the show a while longer. This will be the second season of “SVU” without one of its longest-tenured stars in Christopher Meloni (who was recently in arc on “True Blood”), though Mariska Hargitay is still on the payroll and going strong despite having increased commitments at home due to her new family.
What do you think about Brewster joining a show for a guest-starring arc, especially when the two-hour “SVU” premiere actually runs up against her former employer over at CBS? If you want to check out the full list of premiere dates for NBC’s fall schedule, be sure to check out the story over at this link.