Harry Connick Jr. to Cast as Love Interest on Law & Order: SVU

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It's NBC day at this week's TCA press tour and, aside from quelling a few fears for Community fans, the network revealed to reporters today that Harry Connick Jr. will soon come on board Law & Order: SVU as a love interest for Mariska Hargitay's Detective Benson.

The multiple-time Grammy and Emmy winner will debut on January 18 as Executive ADA David Haden and in case you need evidence of his character's sparks with Benson, NBC provided a clip to reporters, from which we've screen capped the following:

Harry Connick on SVU

"This is a home run on so many levels," said Hargitay, who also confirmed she'll be back next season. "The show is very fortunate to have Harry's extraordinary talent, and I'm lucky because I get to work with my friend. I think Olivia couldn't have asked for a better companion to take her through a new stage in her life and career."

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Finally. Olivia deserves love. And Mariska is so beautiful ....

Aries93

Wasn't the love interest for Olivia meant to be Andre Braugher? Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that Olivia is getting a chance at a relationship, but there was a connection between her and Andre's character Ellis, so I don't understand why it was dropped.