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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Julianne Nicholson Pregnant

It looks like there is something in the water again on the set of Law & Order Criminal Intent. Super-scooper Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Julianne Nicholson is pregnant.

Ausiello goes on to say:

A CI spokesperson confirms to me exclusively that Julianne Nicholson is pregnant, and producers may incorporate her "condition" into the show. "At this point, there is no definitive plan," says the rep. "The writers are weighing various options."

Should they decide to let art imitate life for Nicholson's Det. Wheeler, it won't be too difficult to figure out who the daddy is; in last August's season finale, we learned that Wheeler has a fiancé (played by the actress' real-life hubby, British actor Jonathan Cake). We also subsequently learned that the FBI is after him for fraud, money laundering and racketeering, so adding a baby to the equation would certainly make things interesting.

A likelier scenario (it would seem) is that the powers that be will follow the template established by sister show SVU when its star, Mariska Hargitay, announced that she was expecting three years ago. In other words, they'd shoot around her protruding tummy, then use her maternity leave as an opportunity to stunt cast.

Of course, there's no telling when any of this will play out on screen since USA Network has yet to announce a CI premiere date. Like last season, the show -- which is midway through shooting its 16-episode eighth season -- will have its first run on the cable net, followed by a second run on NBC.

My only hope is that they don’t take the “ignore the pregnancy” route and then do stunt casting because it seems such a rarity in the Dick Wolf Law & Order Universe that women actually (gasp) get pregnant and have babies. Kathryn Erbe and her real pregnancy seemed to be the only lucky woman to have her pregnancy written into the show, as far as I can recall.

Congratulations to Julianne and Jonathan!

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1 comment:

Music Wench said...

Congrats indeed! And I also hope they write it into the show. Last time she was pregnant they had a hard time hiding it, IMO.

It would certainly add a new dimension to Wheeler!