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'Law and Order : SVU' jacks up the emotional intensity

MUMBAI: In a bid to hook viewers further Law and Order Special victims Unit (SVU) will see an episode departing from the traditional show format. In the US the show airs on NBC while in India it airs on Star World. The episode shows detective Olivia Benson's (Golden Globe Winner and two-time Emmy nominee Mariska Hargitay) persistence and dedication as she struggles to locate a nine-year old girl held captive at an undisclosed location, connected only by the cell phone left by her abductor. Law & Order: SVU's executive producer Neal Baer says, "This show is a departure from our traditional format, because instead of jumping from one scene to the next, it focuses on Olivia in one room on the phone trying to locate this little girl for three acts and her determination no matter what the cost". Hargitay says, "In the face of opposition from the entire department, including her captain, Olivia follows her gut instinct and will stop at nothing to save a young girl who has been sexually assaulted. I felt so passionate about this episode because it shows how my character would never give up no matter the risk to herself or her job." Fully dressed for a night on the town, Benson puts her plans on hold when she receives disturbing 911 call from nine-year-old Maria Recinos held captive at an unknown location. Unable to physically locate her, Benson follows her gut in an attempt to find her. Recinos will only talk to Benson, and just as she is getting closer to finding her, the cops question the case and are now concerned that it could be a prank. Taxed by trying to keep Recinos calm and on the line while persuading her department to keep this case open, Benson knows this is real and needs to act quickly on what little information she has if she is going to save this girl's life. Chris Meloni, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal, Ice-T, B.D. Wong, and Tamara Tunie also star.

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CNN-News18 'Indian of the year' 2017 special Telecast on 9 and 10 December

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Music channels bet on shows to boost viewership

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Zee TV leads Hindi GECs in week 48 of Barc ratings

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Republic TV continues lead as genre ratings rise

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SPN India acquires TV, OTT rights for T10 Cricket League

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News Corp’s new ad network takes on Facebook, Google

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Gracenote launches channel monitoring solution for broadcasters

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