I'll be one of the first to admit it, I do not watch Law & Order, or any of its ancillary shows, like I used to. Even so, it is SVU of which I most keep track. Straying slightly from the other Law & Order models, SVU cares far more about the detectives and their lives than is the norm. While this makes the revolving door cast of the original Law & Order a more difficult task on SVU, it provides added incentive to the long-term viewer and deeper storylines.

So, when NBC releases an extended teaser of the Law & Order: SVU season premiere, I tend to sit up and take notice. When the teaser features Cynthia Nixon (always my favorite actress on that HBO show) in a guest starring role and threats made to Detective Elliot Stabler's (Christopher Meloni) family, I really pay attention. I'm not saying that the clip (which you can view below) is anywhere near enough to get me to start watching on a regular basis again, but it does look good and certainly may get me to watch this season's premiere.

I will also say that Nixon's role appears to be a little over-the-top from the teaser. It may be that we just witness the most outlandish of her actions, or it may be that people are trying overly hard to get a guest star Emmy nomination.

What do you think? Is there a little too much there? Are you one of the people that still watch Law & Order or any of the L&O branded products? SVU is currently the most watched of the shows, but even those numbers are down. Will the Cynthia Nixon appearance help? Will it hurt? Will it have any effect whatsoever?