NBC's long-running crime procedural 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' has had somewhat of a tough season, filled with up and down ratings patterns, and featuring the departures of two veteran members of the SVU squad. Sgt. John Munch (Richard Belzer) and Capt. Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) both retired from active duty earlier this season, leaving many longtime 'SVU' fans saddened to be without two of the characters they had come to know best.
If nothing else, those disappointed fans can take a little comfort in today's announcement that another 'SVU' mainstay, B.D. Wong is headed back to New York City. Wong played criminal profiler Dr. George Huang for almost a whole decade of 'SVU's run, joining the principal cast in Season 3, and abruptly exiting stage left in Season 12.
Huang's sudden exit was clarified during Season 13, when Wong returned for a guest appearance, explaining that he had been reassigned to Oklahoma City. Wong would return again the following spring, in the Season 14 episode 'Born Psychopath.'
According to a new report by TVGuide, this tradition of springtime guest shots by Wong will continue again this year, with Dr. Huang set to appear in the penultimate episode of 'SVU's currently airing fifteenth season, entitled 'Thought Criminal.' Huang is brought in to mentally evaluate and offer expert psychiatric testimony about the episode's suspect, a man charged with the attempted kidnapping and rape of a child.
'Law & Order: SVU' airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC. B.D. Wong's appearance airs on May 14.