Having emerged from the New York theater world, actor Danny Pino established his screen presence with a number of guest starring roles before becoming a star as homicide detective Scotty Valdes on the...
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the greatest cop show on TV. Fact. It's more than your average cop show. Because of "the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit." It's amazing and maybe we don't believe that there is such a thing as too much SVU.
1. You body is flooded with happiness every time you see this on your screen:
2. You get really excited when you see an episode with a celebrity before they're famous:
Hey little baby Jennette McCurdy!
3. Anytime you wear a pant suit, you instantly feel like a badass:
4. You have spent may nights trying to mimic Ice-T's "unimpressed" face:
5. You've watched this show for almost 16 years but the COD on victims can still surprise you:
6. SVU makes you seriously terrified of leaving your house:
7. As well as going into other people's houses:
8. SVU makes sure you never forget how creepy people are on the internet:
9. You start questioning the justice system from your couch:
10. You consider sex offenders the worst type of criminals:
11. You already know how you would talk to a perp:
12. Like, these perps better not mess with you:
13. You have opinions about drunk people committing crimes:
14. You like to pretend you're one of these strong females:
15. You've written "Benson + Stabler = Forever" on one or two notebooks:
16. So, understandably, you were emotionally unstable when Elliot left:
17. Ice-T's one-liners have gotten better (and crazier) with each season:
18. Your life motto = Olivia Benson is a total BOSS:
Actress Monica Raymund saw off stiff competition from Selena Gomez and Once Upon A Time's Lana Parrilla to scoop a top prize at the 2013 Imagen Awards on Friday (16Aug13). Raymund was named Best TV Actress for her role as paramedic Gabriela Dawson in Chicago Fire at the 28th annual prizegiving, which recognises Latinos in the entertainment industry.
Castle star Jon Huertas was crowned Best TV Actor, triumphing over fellow nominees including Benjamin Bratt (Private Practice), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal) and Danny Pino (Law & Order: SVU).
Constance Marie landed Best Supporting TV Actress for U.S. sitcom Switched at Birth, while Carlos Gomez took home the male equivalent for The Glades.
In the film categories, the 2013 drama Bless Me, Ultima, was the big winner, scooping Best Feature Film, Best Actress for Miriam Colon and Best Actor for Luke Ganalon.
Law & Order: SVU wanted you to know that their episode about a verbally, sexually, and physically abusive R&B star who beats his pop star girlfriend up was not based on Chris Brown and Rihanna. Because, at one point during Wednesday night's inexplicably star-studded episode (Jeffrey Tambor, what in the actual hell are you doing here playing not-Chris Brown's lawyer?!), someone jokes that not-Chris Brown Caleb Bryant (same initials!) and not-Rihanna Mischa Green "should go on a double date with Chris Brown and Rihanna." See, not the same people!
Nevermind the fact that the on-screen duo bears some obviously striking similarities to the real-life pair's drama: Caleb wears a s**t-eating grin the entire time, is racially insensitive (he refers to his lawyer as "his Jew", though if you were to summon a Jewish person at will and Jeffrey Tambor shows up, maybe you're doing something right), plays the victim card during his trial (where he gets a soft punishment of community service) while continuing to behave like a world class douche, gets a tattoo that resembles his abused girlfriend, and tweets out pictures from her bedroom. Meanwhile, the photos of a bruised and bloodied Mischa — who eventually winds up back in the arms of Caleb — go viral. How do we know they go viral? Because Perez Hilton, who takes time off from being a new dad to have one of the 73 truly bizarre cameos in this episode, tells us so.
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No, the episode is clearly meant to be a cautionary tale for Rihanna (because by the end of the episode not-Rihanna freakin' dies at the hands of fake not-Chris Brown, who had already murdered not-Rihanna's manager at a club) and Team Breezy. "Women and girls look up to you!" Mariska Hargitay cries to not-Rihanna, later foreshadowing, "Stranglers are more likely to kill." She also warned Mischa regarding abuse, "Men do this once, they do it again."
The whole thing would have felt pretty bleak and even more depressing than the real-life saga of Chris Brown and Rihanna had it not been for these key moments:
- Dave Navarro plays a guy at a music studio who clearly has no scruples or moral compass. So, himself.
- BAMF Sue Simmons makes a cameo as a newscaster covering Caleb's trial! Sue Simmons, for all of those that live outside of the New York metropolitan region, is a beloved newscaster who once dropped the F-bomb on live television. She is awesome.
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- Wendy Williams plays a talk show host (so, herself) who asks not-Chris Brown about his relationship with not-Rihanna and also, "How you doin?"
- Law & Order's New York Post knock-off newspaper New York Ledger with their dead-on headline: "Beauty and the Beating." I have no doubt someone from the New York Post got fired for not thinking of that first.
- Ice-T interrupting Caleb and Mischa's terrible duet "You Can Count On Me" to show these young punks how it's really done. Okay, that didn't happen, but it should have.
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit stars Mariska Hargitay and Danny Pino helped deliver food to a St. Francis de Sales relief centre in the Rockaway area of Queens, New York on Sunday night (04Nov12) to support victims hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. A source tells the New York Post, "They helped unload warm food from their sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and were very helpful."
Sure, every culture has its unique customs. Societies across the world differ from one another in countless ways. But deep down, people are people. Everyone on Earth is, essentially, cut from the same mold. In truth, all anybody really wants is to relax and watch Ted Danson examine a dead body for traces of semen. You can't argue with statistics: CSI has been named the most watched television show on the planet — the CBS crime procedural took home the International Television Audience Award for a Drama TV Series from the 52nd Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
The Huffington Post reports that CSI won the title with an international viewership of over 63 million. This is the fifth time since 2005 that CSI has been named the most watched show in the world.
What makes Las Vegas-based forensic crime scene investigation such a winner among viewers? Why is this show unequivocally more watchable than anything else on television?
It is a time-tested truth that people love a good procedural. As a matter of fact CSI's only competition this year was its own two offshoot series: CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, which recently concluded their tenth and eighth seasons, respectively. Additionally, the only recent International Television Award drama not of the CSI family tree (Miami has also claimed the victory) was the Fox drama House, which is often referred to unofficially as a medical procedural.
The genre is approachable for casual viewers, not generally requiring any prior knowledge of the series, characters, or seasonal plot to invest yourself in an episode. It is also reliable to diligent viewers, who can count on a consistent quality due to the episodes' standardized formula. But what specifically separates CSI from its procedural peers — you'd think that Law & Order, which, odds are, is on at least one channel at whatever time you are reading this, might be in the running. But no such luck.
One theory might be casting. CSI has maintained a relatively consistent cast, with the exception of recent dropout Marg Helgenberger. Plus, the show's newcomers, Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue, work to both keep the program fresh while maintaining an air of familiarity — enough people already loved these two actors from their past work that welcoming them onto the show was no great effort. On the contrary, Law & Order: SVU recently lost its beloved leading man Christopher Meloni, and brought in two young unknowns (Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino) to take the series' focus. While television in general might garner the best ratings from youthful hot people, the procedural audience favors cast members they feel like they've known for years.
That right there might explain the CSI phenomenon. Albeit a year younger than Law & Order: SVU, CSI maintains the most familiarity with its viewers. You know what you're getting, you know who will be on to give it to you (Sam Malone and that girl from all those '80s movies). And most of all, you know what you're supposed to feel. The cops — they're good. The crimes — they're bad. And the people who commit them — they're worse. It's simple, fun, and a sure-fire deliverer.
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After thirteen years of an electrifying Stabler/Benson dynamic, Law & Order: SVU is entering its new season with a completely different formula. Now that Christopher Meloni has left the show, Mariska Hargitay will be breaking in a new partner in the form of Danny Pino. Pino will play Detective Nick Amaro, a newcomer to Special Victims Unit with whom veteran Olivia Benson (Hargitay) clashes...although this antagonism is likely rooted in her grief over the loss of her longtime partner and friend, Elliot Stabler (Meloni). Also new to the series is Kelli Giddish, portraying new-to-the-force cop Amanda Rollins. Returning to the cast will be Assistant District Attorney characters Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March) and Casey Novak (Diane Neal), to finally settle the score on the age-old fan argument of who is the better ADA. Go Team Cabot.
This featurette highlights the cast's thoughts on the upcoming season and their respective characters. In addition to the above actors, cast members Ice T, and (briefly) Richard Belzer share their feelings about Season 13 and its new additions.
Resident angry guy Christopher Meloni may be leaving Law And Order: SVU due to contract disputes, but he won't just disappear. SVU showrunner Warren Leight confirmed that the generally continuity-adverse cop show would explain Meloni's sudden absence.
“The reasons for his absence and the effect it has on the squadroom — and Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) — will be explored in the first several episodes.” Said Leight, in an interview with TV Guide. Leight also confirmed last week that Meloni's character, Set. Stabler, wouldn't be killed off in a Charlie Sheen-like fashion.
Law And Order shows aren't heavily serialized- over the course of the original's 20 year run, cast members dropped in and out on a yearly basis, with little more explanation than a throwaway line or an "is it because I'm a lesbian?" Still, Meloni has been on SVU for all of its 12 seasons, and his loss is bound to be a major shift for the drama. Especially since it ended on something of a cliffhanger, in which Stabler shot and killed a young girl.
SVU is introducing new cast members Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish to fill the Meloni-shaped hole. But fear not, SVU fans, Stabler will live on in the millions of Law And Order reruns that air every day. And at least he's getting an actual conclusion.
Source: TV Guide
I don’t get basic crime procedurals. It’s the same basic story, week after week, but the main characters are charming enough to keep you watching? I guess I can get that but it doesn’t mean I understand it.
Anyway, apparently people were upset when Christopher Meloni left SVU and were worried that his costar Mariska Hargitay would be written off the show as well. As many told me after the news of Meloni’s departure, they were the only two reasons to watch the show. Now fans can rest a little easier; Hargitay will appear in every episode alongside the two new cast members Kelly Giddish and Danny Pino. Well, don’t rest too easy if your entire viewing pleasure comes from watching Hargitay. She only renewed her contract for a year, which seems to imply that she will gradually fade out of the show to be replaced by Giddish. So I don’t know whether to go with a big Yay here or an angry Boo, so I’ll just spaz out and pretend I meant to do that.
Source: TV Line
I pity any duo that takes the place of Stabler and Benson. Kelly Giddish and Danny Pino—the pair set to play the major roles in Law & Order: SVU after Christopher Meloni's departure and Mariska Hargitay's gradual transition offscreen—may very well be terrific actors. They could bring audiences to tears on the first night of the thirteenth season, sweep the Emmys for the next decade, and single-handedly redefine the genre. But they’d never live up to their immortal predecessors. All of the people I know who watch SVU—and it’s a large and diverse group—don’t just watch SVU like they do most other crime procedurals. SVU is less about the crime, and more about watching every episode with hope that this might one of those where Elliot and Olivia get one step closer to revealing how they feel about each other. And that’s been going on for twelve years. Imagine the sort of dedication these fans have to have to hang onto a relationship that has barely given us anything for twelve years! That sort of devotion is only allotted to certain characters. And the characters that replace those characters…let’s just say, they’ve already got spite against them.
But ill-fated roles aside, Giddish and Pino are no strangers to the crime procedural. Giddish made guest appearances on SVU and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, as well as starring in 2010’s Chase. Pino filled roles in Law and Order’s rival franchise, CSI: New York, as well as Cold Case and The Shield.
Maybe I’m being a little stubborn. I, too, went through an “Ellivia” phase. After all, the incoming players are well-experienced in procedural television, and the not-entirely-absent Hargitay will help to make the transition more gradual. All in all, I wish Giddish and Pino luck.
But I’ll always be pulling for a Stabler-Benson reunion… Seriously. They belong together.
Source: Huffington Post
S.I.L.A has found its first lead in Danny Pino, formerly of Cold Case. He seems like the kind of handsome man that will do well on a shitty procedural, so best of luck to him. S.I.L.A is described as a “sprawling” take on LA's criminal underworld in the vein of “Traffic or Syriana.” Or you know, they could just say it's a cheap knock off of The Wire. How cheap? Pino’s character will be a great surfer. Way to go NBC.
Meanwhile, CBS' Girls has found its co-star for Kat Dennings in Beth Behrs. I’m all for more Dennings (and Behrs too, by the look of this picture) but a multi-camera sitcom from the guy behind Sex and the City? Ummm, no thanks. Adding more plot to the show: the two girls are trying to raise money to start their own restaurant. How will they ever be able to make the money? Fingers crossed for prostitution.
Selected by Madonna to co-star in London's West End production of "Up for Grabs"
Cast in the Andy Garcia directed, "The Lost City"
Made TV series debut in the short-lived WB comedy, "Men, Women & Dogs"
Played Desi Arnaz in the CBS special, "Lucy," based on the life of Lucille Ball
Cast on the CBS series, "Cold Case," as homicide detective Scotty Valdes
Guest-starred in a recurring role as Armadillo Quintero, a sociopathic drug dealer, on FX's "The Shield"
Replaced Christopher Meloni on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Cast in the family drama, "Flicka," with Alison Lohman and Maria Bello
Cast as a burn victim in the HBO movie, "Point of Origin"
Appeared with Billy Crudup in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s productions of "Measure for Measure" and "The Winter's Tale"
Having emerged from the New York theater world, actor Danny Pino established his screen presence with a number of guest starring roles before becoming a star as homicide detective Scotty Valdes on the long-running procedural "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010). Previously, Pino had made a name for himself as the brutal drug kingpin, Armando Quintero, on the gritty cop drama, "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08), and was perfectly cast to play Desi Arnaz in the made-for-television biopic, "Lucy" (CBS, 2003). During his run on "Cold Case," Pino had roles in a number of independent features like "Between" (2005) and "Rx"(2005), while appearing as a guest star with a crossover turn on "CSI: New York" (CBS, 2004- ) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ). After "Cold Case" went off the air in 2010, the actor kept a low profile until the following year when he took over for a departing Christopher Meloni on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Clearly, Pino's pedigree as a trained stage actor and the diversity of his screen performances had positioned him for a lengthy career as both leading man and effective character actor.