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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I'm with Terrie about the lack of reviews... Honestly I was disgusted by last nights episode (If wolf wants to milk the paula deen incident that's his prerogative) however, It was seriously exaggerated, I live in the south and we aren't the "Backward Biggets" most people believe we are. I was genuinely offended when the chef character told the southern detective "If we we're back home I'd get a medal for killin that black boy"
In which state was she referring to??? Louisiana? give me a break! The African American Population is ever growing here in Alabama, Mississippi, and especially in New Orleans La,Where the woman claimed she was from.. Hate Crimes are not tolerated here! They are taken very seriously everyday.. We do not fear change or progression (I am sick of Movies and T.V's shows suggesting otherwise..) Do your research Dick Wolf, the only one appearing Ignorant here is you ..


I do not understand why no one is reviewing this show...........but yet this site gets FLOODED with spam comments like above.........Ever heard of "captcha" ????????


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