Wednesday, May 3, 2006


We got a two hour lunch break today while I was on jury duty at 100 Centre Street. As I headed for J&R Music World to check out what they had in TV DVDs (and hoo boy! More on that later.), I stopped to watch a few minutes of filming a scene for 'Law & Order: SVU'.

It was the standard issue walk down the steps of the august courthouse at 60 Centre Street, which we've seen hundreds of times in the Big Daddy of the franchise. The scene involved Detective Stabler, ADA Novack (?) and a female cop who may or may not have been Connie Nielsen. (Although I don't think she was starting as Mariska Hargitay's replacement until this fall. But with shooting schedules the way they are, perhaps they're already filming for the next season. After all, the season finale is coming up in just a few weeks; surely, they weren't waiting until the last minute to film it?)

In the shot, the female cop breaks from the others and pulls out her badge as she confronts somebody on the steps. It had all the earmarks of somebody getting the chance to re-affirm who he/she is. It was as though she was approaching the guy and proclaiming "I'm a cop, dammit!"

Perhaps she had been the one to go through some kind of trial or hearing and was able to overcome whatever legal hurdles were preventing her from doing her job.

Well, we'll see. I don't normally watch 'SVU' (or as Christopher Moltisante called it on 'The Sopranos', 'The SUV'.), unless there's a high-voltage guest star. But now I'll have to check out the next batch of episodes and even into the fall.

Just to see if there's a rather large gentleman wearing a denim jacket walking away in the background of the shot......


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