'Criminal Intent' Does Anna Nicole
'L&O' show also riffing on astronaut case
Kristy Swanson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Skating with Celebrities") will play Lorelei Mailer, a character not unlike Smith -- a former stripper and model who was married to a much older, very wealthy man -- in an episode scheduled for Tuesday, May 8. The Major Case Squad is called in when she's found dead, just a few days after the mysterious demise of her 90-year-old husband.
"I've been a huge fan of the 'Law & Order' shows for many years, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful cast on 'Criminal Intent,'" Swanson says.
David Cross ("Arrested Development") will play Lorelei's manager and possibly the father of her newborn child. Actor-director Peter Bogdanovich ("The Sopranos") will also guest-star in the episode, reprising a role from a couple seasons back as the publisher of a Playboy-like magazine.
On May 1, "Criminal Intent" will feature Tate Donovan ("The O.C.," "Shooter") as an astronaut whose affair with a colleague ends with the woman murdered in their hotel. Amy Ryan ("The Wire," "Capote") will play Donovan's wife.
The episode is a twist on the case of Lisa Nowak, a NASA astronaut who in February was arrested after accosting a woman she reportedly believed was a romantic rival for a fellow astronaut. She was initially charged with attempted murder, though prosecutors dropped that count earlier this month. Nowak will face charges of attempted kidnapping and assault.