Mariska Hargitay Staying, Harry Connick Jr. Joining 'Law & Order SVU'

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Despite the regular rumors, Mariska Hargitay is staying on "Law & Order: SVU."

"I'll be back. I can't leave this show, I'm having too much fun," Mariska said in a pre-recorded message to journalists at the Television Critics Association Winter Session in Pasadena on Friday.

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And, it was revealed on Friday that Harry Connick Jr. is joining the show -- and, bringing the heat.

The former "Will & Grace" star will join "SVU" for a four-episode arc, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt noted during his executive session.

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"Mariska Hargitay isn't leaving 'Law & Order'... we're heating up her storyline this spring. Detective Olivia may be getting a real love interest for the first time," he said.

A short clip showing Mariska with Harry, who plays Executive Assistant District Attorney David Haden, was shown for critics, and Harry said in his pre-recorded message for the critics that he's having a good time on the "SVU" set.

"I'm excited because I get to talk like an educated person," Harry said.

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The two cut the clip short, teasing, "We're gonna go rehearse our sexy time scene," they said together.

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