NBC’s ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ is on course to tackle sensitive subject matter this year.
For, it has emerged that the hit crime series is readying an episode which pulls from the controversial cases were the Paula Deen racism scandal, and the horrific murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, in an episode that will rock the world as part of its 15th season.
Kicking off on September 25th, the new season will see ‘Smash‘ star Leslie Odom Jnr,play the father of a black child shot by a world renown TV chef, based on Deen and portrayed by ‘Taxi Driver’ actress Cybill Shepherd.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Warren Leight explains:
“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.”
He went on to add:
“It was really interesting to see people read that script and have different interpretations about who did what and whether or not they deserved prison for it. It was fascinating. For better or for worse, this is a good season. It’s almost like we’re being bombarded by headlines. It’s tricky, but we’ll be doing that a lot this season.”