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Alec Baldwin's ironic 'Law & Order: SVU' role revealed

Alec Baldwin arrives for the screening of "The

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Alec Baldwin -- who has given up, hates New York, is fed up with TV, will never watch MSNBC again, certainly never watch Anderson Cooper again, and...what am I missing? -- has one last role to play, on "Law & Order: SVU," as a...

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...newspaper columnist.

 Oh right. Alec hates them too. 

Details on the March 19 must-watch episode (must-watch to see if Alec becomes a victim) as follows (and not to bury the other lead, Katie Couric has a cameo too):

"Jimmy MacArthur, a controversial New York newspaper columnist who questions the SVU squad’s motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case. The episode also marks the directorial debut of “SVU” star Mariska Hargitay, whose character, Sergeant Olivia Benson, goes head to head with MacArthur. Katie Couric also makes a cameo appearance, playing herself as a talk show host who quizzes MacArthur about the headline grabbing case.

Here's "SVU" boss Warren Leight on his unusual guest star:  “New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom. In our story, ‘Jimmy Mac’s’ reporting interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial. We couldn’t ask for a better actor for Mariska [Hargitay] to work with in her directorial debut. Their chemistry on screen is palpable.”

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