Law & Order SVU

'Law and Order's' Linus Roache returns ... to 'SVU!'

Aug. 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM ET

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Linus Roache

"Law and Order" fans who've been missing the mothership since it shut down in 2010 will get a little blast from the past soon: Linus Roache, who played ADA Michael Cutter for three seasons, will reprise his role in an upcoming episode of "Law and Order: SVU."

The premiere episode, which airs on Sept. 21 at 10 p.m., is called "Scorched Earth" and will find Cutter promoted to a bureau chief position in the DA's office, where he'll oversee the ADAs assigned to the Special Victims Unit. Such a role seems to promise more than a one-time shot, though for now he's only slated for this episode.

Roache noted in a statement, "I am very happy to be bringing Michael Cutter back to life and exploring how he has evolved into his new position of being a bureau chief and possibly even a mentor. I learned a lot from my time on 'Law and Order' and it’s going to be interesting to experiment with Cutter's development in this new context -- I think Special Victims is going to be an area where Cutter's passion for justice can really come forth."

As for what Cutter will be up to in his new elevated post? Executive producer Warren Leight notes, "If Cutter was a bit of a hothead in the past, the passage of time and some added responsibility in his new job has made him more mature, and perhaps a bit more jaded."

Guess we'll have to tune in and see just how "Special" this visit really is.

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