Alec Baldwin is going to tangle with the elite squad of detectives who make up NBC's Law & Order: SVU, E! News can exclusively reveal.
This is Baldwin's first TV acting gig since the end of 30 Rock more than a year ago.
Baldwin's episode is slated to air sometime this spring and details on his role are being kept under wraps. This will be Baldwin's first Law & Order franchise appearance. Baldwin will appear in series star Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut. Hargitay's co-star, Ice-T, said he will have her back throughout the whole thing.
"I'm just going to try and support her. I would never in a million years—I've directed a lot of stuff, I've directed films. There's no way I would try this...If I do an indie film, if I overload, I can shut it down. Even shut it down to eight hours and be like, ‘Hey, let's come in later in the day.' This thing moves like a machine," Ice-T told E! News exclusively on the SVU set.
Hargitay will also appear in the episode as Sergeant Olivia Benson.
"And then she's going to actually have Alec Baldwin in a shot, in a scene in the show, and try to direct herself. She's not going to not be in the show. Good luck. My job is to be what Dick Wolf calls me—my best compliment I've ever gotten was Dick Wolf said, ‘Ice-T is the least pain in my ass.' So I'm going to try and be the least pain in her ass. I'm going to just try and do my sh--. Regardless, she can't say Ice is a problem," Ice said. "I'm going to follow instructions. I come from a military background and I understand that following instructions is a very keen art. It's the most helpful you can be sometimes, just learning how to take orders than always having two cents to put in to sh--."
Hargitay told E! News in January that she was excited to step behind the camera on the show she's called home for 15 years.
"It's a long time coming; I've wanted to do it for a while. There are a lot of things that I've learned and collected. I know how to get performances, I know what buttons to push in people and I've been doing it for a long time…Since I've been on SVU, I get more joy, sometimes, from helping somebody else with their performance than my own," Hargitay told E! News. "That's when I got the idea...It's just this idea of helping to tell the story or even help people get in touch, like how people help me to get to my soul. I'm up for the challenge...It feels like a natural progression."
Baldwin's episode and Hargitay's directorial debut airs in March.
(E! and Law & Order: SVU are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)