'Law & Order: SVU' showrunner wants to spark controversy with a Charlottesville-inspired episode
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'Law & Order: SVU' showrunner wants to spark controversy with a Charlottesville-inspired episode

In its nearly twenty years on air, Law & Order: SVU has been no stranger to ripped-from-the-headlines storylines.

Season 19 will be no different, as showrunner Michael Chernuchin hopes to take on the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville.

He told Entertainment Weekly, “We do rip from current headlines, so if headlines have to do with politics we’ll do it. You know, with what just happened in Charlottesville, you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll do that. We don’t want to take a stand on any political point of view, but we like to present the issues. What I want is, at the end of a show, for half the people to stand up and cheer and the other half to throw their shoes at the TV. I want controversy.”

This makes us wonder how exactly they’ll tackle it while just “presenting the issues.” If you recall, a couple of years back, a Black Lives Matter-esque episode of SVU which seemed to be inspired by the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Edwards, Mike Brown, etc — caused fury on social media from viewers. It saw fan-favorite, Mariska Hargitay’s Lieutenant Olivia Benson, defend the officers who killed an unarmed black man for the most of the episode, and seemed to be more focused on the situation at hand as opposed to police violence against black bodies.

Also recently, another ripped-from-headlines story about sexual assault allegations was against a politician (a nod to Donald Trump) was permanently benched after he was elected.

In Season 19, they also hope to tackle the doctor who was dragged off of a United Airlines flight, a cyberbullying/13 Reasons Why episode and more.

The new season premieres this fall.

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