Law & Order: SVU to Air Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen-Inspired Episode

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Law & Order: SVU is at it again.

The NBC drama will once more combine a fictional case with a a real-life controversy this fall, actually mixing a pair of buzzworthy topics into one Season 15 episode that plays off both the Trayvon Martin murder and the Paula Deen racist scandal.

Explains Executive Producer Warren Leight to Entertainment Weekly:

“[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him. There’s a lot of stop and frisk elements to that as well.”

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Cybill Shephard is on board as the Deen-like chef, while Leslie Odom, Jr. will portray the minister of the dead teenager.

Leight said the script divided the writers' room and expects it stir up a lot of debate among viewers as well, concentrating on such major questions as:

“Is racial profiling justifiable? Can self-defense involve racial profiling? We’re diving right into that. Can that happen in New York? Absolutely."

Law & Order: SVU kicks off Season 15 with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, September 25. This interesting installment will air on October 9.

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Distasio: On the word of a maid.
Finn: My grandmother was a maid.

These cases are about perception, not reality.

SVU Chief Mike Cutter