The actress expressed to E! News in January that for her, directing had been "...a long time coming; I've wanted to do it for a while... It feels like a natural progression."
Executive producer Warren Leight tweeted this behind-the-scenes photo of Hargitay hard at work:
First look: Mariska in charge. Day 1 pic.twitter.com/GxxldME39E— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) February 20, 2014
Script supervisor Stephanie Marquardt also tweeted a photo of Hargitay discussing a scene with Danny Pino, this time as the director and not his costar:
Hard-core Hargitay fans have been using the hashtag #CecilBHargitay in support.
Alec Baldwin will guest star, in his first TV turn since 30 Rock. The spring premiere date for the Hargitay-directed episode has not yet been set.