Law & Order: SVU is going into Season 18 with a major bit of drama going on within the team, but at least an old friend will be around to keep Mariska Hargitay company. Actor Anthony Edwards, who worked with Hargitay on ER during the fourth season of the crazy popular NBC series, will be making an appearance this season.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Anthony Edwards is making a guest starring appearance on Law & Order: SVU during this coming season. There's no word yet on when exactly his episode will air or what role he'll play. This marks the first time that Edwards and Mariska Hargitay have worked together since their time on ER. Hargitay briefly played a love interest of Edwards' Dr. Mark Greene, named Cynthia Hooper. She was a sort of needy desk clerk who eventually broke up with Mark when she realizes he didn't love her the way she loved him.
The show has already announced that Henry Thomas (E.T., Sons of Liberty) and Kelli Williams (The Practice, The Fosters) will guest star in an episode inspired by Making a Murderer, while Vice President Joe Biden will play himself in an episode during a press conference where he commends Hargitay's Detective Benson for working to end the system's rape kit backlog.
Law & Order shows are known for many things, and one of those things is certainly the amount of guest stars the series manage to pack in, and SVU is no different. The show has been on for so long that a wide variety of stars have graced the screen in the drama, some of whom appeared before fame hit for them. Among the guest stars who've worked on the show are Elizabeth Banks, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Robin Williams, Bob Saget, Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Henry Winkler and Frank Langella.
The Special Victims Unit team will still be dealing with the fallout from the on-the-job murder of co-worker Mike Dodds during Season 17. He was shot while being held hostage by a corrections officer who was accused of sexually assaulting prison inmates, and later died from complications due to his injuries. The shooting is going to prove to be especially hard on Benson, and Dodd's father, who just happens to be Benson's boss.
We can all check out Anthony Edwards and Mariska Hargitay's reunion when Law & Order: SVU returns to NBC on September 21. Be sure to check out our fall TV premiere guide to see what else you'll be able to watch during the 2016-2017 TV season.