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Start your weekend a little early by indulging in some small plates of TV news.

A.J. Cook has landed her first post-"Criminal Minds" role: an episode of "Law & Order: Svu" set to air later this season. She'll play a crime victim in the episode, which will also feature Jeremy Irons in a guest role. [TV Guide]

"Jurassic Park's" Sam Neill has signed on to star in J.J. Abrams' "Alcatraz." Neill will play Emerson Hauser, "the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence." "Alcatraz" is about a team of FBI agents tracking missing prisoners guards who reappear in present day. [Deadline]

Former "Family Ties" patriarch Michael Gross will meet the Walkers when he guests on a forthcoming episode of "Brothers & Sisters." He'll play a restaurant critic who takes an interest in Saul (Ron Rifkin); Gross is booked for just one episode now but could come back later on. »

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