After his recent stints on the short-lived NBC series Windfall and the HBO drama John from Cincinnati, guess where Luke Perry lands next?  Entertainment Weekly reports that he has been spotted in New York City shooting an episode for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, whose 10th season premieres on September 23.  And he’s not just appearing in any episode; he’s starring in the season premiere, which also features guest stints from Sara Gilbert and Julie Bowen.

Sources reveal that the episode’s plot will revolve around a couple (Perry and Bowen) who stand accused of abusing their foster child.  Gilbert plays the child’s biological mother.

Viewers remember Perry from his years playing the role of Dylan McKay in the hit series Beverly Hills 90210.  His character was a sort of anti-hero who battled so many personal demons—turbulent relationships, his father’s “death,” and heroin addiction, among others.  His tenure throughout eight seasons of the show was not safe from controversy, with his mid-show departure and his character’s addiction story arc.

Bowen, currently guest starring on Weeds as an older woman having an affair with the underage Silas Botwin, was last seen on episodes of Lost and Boston Legal, while Gilbert, who is most known for her role as the sarcastic middle child Darlene Conner on Roseanne, last appeared on The Class, ER and The Big Bang Theory.

Law & Order: SVU‘s season premiere will also mark the debut of One Tree Hill‘s Michaela McManus, who takes over from Diane Neal as the team’s assistant district attorney.  The episode is also expected to deal with the repercussions of at attempted rape against detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), and perhaps answer questions about the possible transfer of detective “Fin” Tutuola (Ice-T).

Law & Order: SVU, which was recently given three Emmy nominations, including a Best Drama Actress nod for Mariska Hargitay, will return to screens on September 23 from 10pm on NBC.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Henrik Batallones

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