Katie Couric To Guest Star In Mariska Hargitay's Directorial Debut For 'SVU'

Katie Couric has been cast to guest star in Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut for a Law & Order: SVU episode along with Alec Baldwin, whose casting was announced last week.

Keeping in character with his real life persona, Baldwin will portray Jimmy MacArthur, a controversial newspaper columnist who is suspicious of the SVU team's motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case.

Katie Couric will also appear in a familiar role, as a talk show host who grills MacArthur about the case.

In a statement, Hargitay said how excited she is about her upcoming directorial debut in the episode titled "Criminal Stories":

"I'm thrilled to be directing, it's been a goal of mine for a long time, and it's quite an experience to see it realized. My respect for the process of making this show and telling these important stories deepens with every scene we shoot. I have always been so honored to work with this cast and crew, but never more so than now, as a director collaborating in a new way. And I've watched Alec on screen for so long and always hoped we would be able to work together some day. Having the opportunity to tell this story with him, having him bring his experience, depth, truthfulness, and fierce commitment, honestly feels too good to be true."
It is not a coincidence that Baldwin has been cast in this role, as he has had several close encounters of the negative kind with journalists.

At the end of last year Katie Couric's show Katie was given the boot after dismal ratings and the turn in the stories that were covered during her time as a host.

Couric was known as a hard news journalist covering everything from events such as the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks on live television for the Today show and other international news worthy happenings for NBC.

But in the later time as a day time talk show host, she had turned into somewhat of a gossip headliner, a role in which she was obviously uncomfortable with and furthermore, it was not the direction Katie Couric wanted to take the show herself.

On a happier note, the 57-year-old former news anchor announced, during Howard Stern's 60th birthday bash earlier this month, that she and long-time boyfriend John Molner will get married this summer.

This would be Katie Couric's second marriage, she was previously married to Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42.

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