Harry Connick Jr. Playing Mariska Hargitay's Law and Order: SVU Love Interest!

Entertainment Jan. 6, 2012 AT 1:49PM
Harry Connick Jr. Playing Mariska Hargitay's Law and Order: SVU Love Interest! Credit: Fernando Leon/WireImage.com; Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Olivia Benson, get ready for romance!

At the NBC executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday, Mariska Hargitay announced that she would be returning to Law and Order: SVU next season.

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"I can't leave this show," the 47-year-old actress said. "I'm having too much fun!"

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It was also revealed that Harry Connick Jr. will play Hargitay's onscreen love interest. "I'm really excited," the 44-year-old actor said of his four episode arc. NBC played a clip of Hargitay and Connick flirting and kissing, then the Dolphin Tale star joked that they have to go off to film their "sexytime scene." 

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NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said they were "heating up [Hargitay's] storyline," adding, "Detective Olivia may be getting a real love interest this time!"

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