Hard-hitting and Emotional Series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Begins Its 17th Season with a Two Hour Premiere

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15 September 2015
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Season Premiere Wednesday, September 23 at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC
 
          "Devil's Dissections" - Detective Rollins hopes to elicit a confession from serial killer Gregory Yates (Dallas Roberts) when a body washes up on the beach where he buried victims, but the information he provides sends shock waves through the police department.

         Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” now in its 17th season, is the longest-running primetime drama currently on television.  This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC's "Law & Order" brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.
 

          As acting commander of the SVU, Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all.  She leads with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past as a product of rape, and her future as mother to a young child, both of which influence the way she relates to each victim in need of help. 

          Hargitay garnered eight Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Olivia Benson, and won the 2006 Emmy for that category.  She has received six SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, two Golden Globe nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning the award in 2005, and has won three Gracie Allen Awards for Outstanding Female Lead in 2004, 2009 and 2014.  In 2013, she was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

          Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola (Ice T) adds a unique sense of humor and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for any partner.  Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) has earned her place as an integral part of the team while facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work SVU, and Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi(Peter Scanavino) brings a fresh outlook and distinctive style of investigation to the squad.  Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) seeks justice for SVU’s victims and survivors with precision and a passion to win.
 
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