Jan. 6, 2012 at 3:18 PM ET
Love is in the air for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's" Det. Olivia Benson!
NBC has announced that actor and musician Harry Connick Jr. will be guest starring over multiple episodes as Executive Assistant District Attorney David Haden beginning with the Jan. 18 episode.
"I'm really excited because I get to talk like an educated person," Connick joked in a taped message presented at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena Friday.
The video also revealed an intimate scene between him Mariska Hargitay's Benson.
As evidenced by the flirty clip (watch it below!), there’s a palpable chemistry between these two characters as their case and relationship develop. We find it hard to believe the network would let him go.
"This is a home run on so many levels," Hargitay said. " I think Olivia couldn't have asked for a better companion to take her through a new stage in her life and career."
But that wasn't all the juicy news to come out of the "SVU" session. Earlier reports of Hargitay scaling back, and perhaps even leaving the show, had viewers nervous about losing both longtime cop partners Benson and Elliot Stabler. Chris Meloni, who played Stabler, didn’t come to terms for a new contract and left the series last season.
When Connick asked Hargitay in the video message if she'd be back on "SVU" next year, her response was a big ol' yes. "Oh, I'll be back! I can't leave this show," she said. "I'm having too much fun!"
"As long as there is a 'SVU,' Mariska will be on it," affirmed NBC entertainment honcho Bob Greenblatt.
Although the series hasn’t been officially picked up past this season, Greenblatt said it's a good possibility the series will go for another year.
See what Hargitay and Connick had to say, and watch them smooch in the video presented at TCA!
"SVU" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
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