The question was not if, but when Law & Order: SVU would be adapting the trial of George Zimmerman for an episode. Now, that time has come. But SVU producers have outdone themselves, announcing that they’d be rolling two of the year’s biggest headlines — Zimmerman and the Paula Deen scandal — into one mega-episode.
And Cybill Shepard will be playing Deen!
Law & Order: SVU Executive Producer Warren Leight spoke with Entertainment Weekly about it:
“[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,” said Leight in an interview with EW. “There’s a lot of stop and frisk elements to that as well.”
Cybill Shephard is playing the part of the celebrity chef, and Smash’s Leslie Odom, Jr. is portraying a minister of the slain child in what will be the third episode of the season.
Stop and frisk too?! This is like the World Series of Ripped from the Headlines episodes. A Moveable Feast of Controversy! Remember yesterday when I told you sometimes my job can be a bummer? News like this is why I wake up in the morning.