Weekender: Law & Order: SVU, Julie Benz, Conan O’Brien and More

Here’s your Weekender for 6/10-6/12/2011.

Ice T has renewed his Law & Order: SVU contract for 2 more seasons (if it should go that long).

Also in SVU news, it seems they show is no longer courting Jennifer Love Hewitt as a possible replacement for Mariska Hargitay when she leaves in the middle of next season.

Jimmy Kimmel and Usher have a fantastic song heralding the lesser-known players in the NBA. Watch their tribute to benchwarmers below.

Hulu is bringing some UK shows to the US. Misfits, Whites and The Booth at the End will be added to the streaming video website. You can watch Misfits beginning June 20th, Whites on July 20th, and The Booth at the End on July 11th.

Conan O’Brien delivered the commencement speech at Dartmouth this year. Watch his speech below.

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has landed the female lead opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox drama pilot Touch.

HBO is going back into business with Rome duo Jane Tranter and Anne Thomopoulos for a miniseries based on Robert Graves’ I, Claudius. The miniseries will be produced by HBO and BBC Worldwide Productions

Jeri Ryan will guest star on an episode of SyFy’s hit Warehouse 13. Kate Mulgrew will also stop by the series in a 4 episode arc.

Julie Benz will guest star on an episode of USA’s Royal Pains. Benz will play a young mother treated by Hank after an accident leaves her with a terrible injury.

Robin Wright is in talks to play the female lead opposite Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s first original series, House of Cards.

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