Law and Order
Well no, not actually the infamous pictures. That would probably take the “ripped from the headline” boast (when did that become the show’s marketing campaign, by the way?) of Law & Order: SVU‘s latest episode straight into lawsuit territory. But it’s okay: The politician who wants to be the next mayor of New York in “October Surprise” isn’t actually Anthony Weiner, see, because in the episode he is caught sexting pictures of his junk to a 15-year-old.
Last night, on a Very Special Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, showrunner Warren Leight made good on his promise to combine every racial issue from the summer into one blockbuster racial episode that involved Cybill Shepherd as a Paula Deen-wannabe who shoots a black teenager in a hoodie (echoing the shooting of Trayvon Martin) while the police force squabbled over stop-and-frisk.
You know that we have an affinity for Law & Order: SVU. No matter what people say about it being a sensationalist, ripped-from-the-headlines glorification of rape, sexual molestation and murder, the only surviving show in the L&O franchise must be given some kind of respect, if only for the fact that it is the only surviving show in the L&O franchise. And, as showrunner Warren Leight told The Observer last year, he was working to make the show “less fetishistic” and bring it “back to the basics” ever since his takeover from predecessor Neal Baer.
And yet, somehow, its already been leaked that the 15th season of the show is going to combine the George Zimmerman case with the Paula Deen lawsuit. To be fair, neither of these trials had anything to do with sexual misconduct, so it all depends on how you define “fetishistic.”
Last Thursday, more than 1,100 people packed the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Midtown for the 32nd Annual Muse Awards of the New York Women in Film and Television. This wasn’t your typical ladies-who-lunch affair, as a dazzling gaggle of silver screen honorees were acknowledged for their “outstanding vision and achievement.”
The Observer has attended many a high-powered New York City event, but at this one the atmosphere seemed a bit more genuine with enthusiasm and pride. And no wonder, given how deserving those honored were. Awardees filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson, Kim Martin of WE TV, Lucy Liu and Mariska Hargitay were all celebrated for being women who have persevered, not only having achieved professional success, but having demonstrated commitment towards improving the lives of others. For an industry famed for its self-indulgence, celebrating these women for the opposite was a welcome change.
Debra Zimmerman, executive director of nonprofit Women Make Movies, received the Loreen Arbus award.
In a stunning reversal of what we’ve seen thus far in the ongoing “Pick a side, become a totally sectarian fanatic about it” Occupy Wall Street debate, the Writers Guild of America-East have written an open letter to both the protesters who crashed their set on December 9th with their own tents, as well as the New York City police who followed suit and shut the whole production down.
The WGA wants you both need to sit down in a corner and think about what you’ve done.
We’re not exactly sure when it happened, but sometime during the last four months, Chuck became our favorite show on television. Maybe it’s because of the brilliant cast, which seems to have chemistry on top of their chemistry; or perhaps it’s the fact that we find it impossible to watch Chuck without Read More