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Joan Van Ark On Chris
christopher meloni online    July 18, 2012    0 comments

I watch the new DALLAS with Mitch Pileggi who starred in two episodes of Chris’ show LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, well there is an interview with former Knots Landing heroine Joan Van Ark who played the character of Valene Ewing. She recently answered questions for some fans of the show in which she said this about Chris: [ more below the cut ]

Knotsfan 61618 wants to know: “With regards to leaving Knots Landing after Season 14, I have always wondered about that and what exactly happened. Did you know that you were going to leave the show after Season 13 or did you only not come back after you got the Spin Doctors pilot? In your Lifetime Intimate Portrait special, it said that you finished season 13 knowing it would be your last, but I didn’t think that was true. If you hadn’t got the Spin Doctors pilot, would you have stayed for the last season since it was the last one? Also, when they had Val die in the car explosion, did they know she wasn’t going to be dead after all in the last episode or were they planning to really have her die?”

Joan: “That’s a tricky question because after that last season which I remember so vividly because Michele was directing our season finale for that year, I was asked to come over and read for this new NBC pilot called ‘Spin Doctors’. Now when I read this script, I was like “Oh my God” because they had Chris Meloni, who had already been cast”

Bob: “Oh I know him. That’s Elliott from Law & Order?”

Joan: “Yes that’s him, and he is absolutely magnificent and I knew of him plus the character itself was about a thousand miles away from Valene Ewing. So the actress in me went on fire and I raced over to Burbank to the NBC studios, gave a quick audition, then spun back to Knots Landing, to the set thinking “That’ll be the last I ever hear of that”. However it turned out that they, I guess, loved it and wanted me etc. Now around the same time, there were also rumors everywhere that Knots Landing was on its last season and wasn’t going to get picked up again.


All I can say is I like. Thank you Joan.

CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI Det. Elliot Stabler Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TELEVISION

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