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.”
“I just saw Annie, and I didn’t look at Daddy Warbucks the way I would have 20 years ago,” Warren Leight told The New York Observer over the phone last week. “The show has really warped the way we look at the world, at least those of us writing it.”
The showrunner for Dick Wolf’s last standing Law & Order program, Special Victims Unit, was struggling to understand how people watch “marathon” sessions of the show he manages. “The children episodes are disturbing, even to us,” said Mr. Leight.
He singled out one such episode, entitled “Friending Emily,” in which detectives go to an FBI office to view images of abused children. Mr. Leight sounded shocked, tired and a little bit horrified over a detail that he and his writers chose to put in the episode. He sounded a lot, in fact, like SVU’s former protagonist, Elliot Stabler.
“There is a kid in diapers whose photo we show,” said Mr. Leight. “We found it on an Internet pornography site. It had 37,000 hits in the last four days.” (Which, it turns out, is the exact line that a government official says during the episode.)
The first time we were introduced to New York comedian John Mulaney, it was through his stand-up bit about the reoccurring characters on Law & Order. (The best line, about bartenders who remember everyone: “Which New York do you work in? I live with people I don’t recognize!)
Now Mr. Mulaney, one of the writers of Saturday Night Live (and creator of Stefon!) has a new special premiering on Comedy Central this weekend. Much to our delight, he previewed some of the material on Conan this week, including another riff on Dick Wolf’s never-ending series–this time tackling everyone’s favorite rapey spin-off, Special Victims Unit–as well as one of the show’s stars, Ice-T. This is must-see TV, people.
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.
Occupy Wall Street
Last night, Law & Order shot an episode based on Occupy Wall Street in Foley Square. Tents were set up (presumably, Dick Wolf & co. got the appropriate permits from the city), while Twitter supporter/reporter going under the Twitter handle of @NewYorkist infiltrated the set with his own form of Occupation.
Case closed! Former Law & Order detective Benjamin Bratt and his former Bond girl bride Talisa Soto recently sold their $2.5 million loft apartment at 43 West 13th Street, city records show.
The easy-on-the-eyes Miss Congeniality actor and Ms. Soto, a model and actress born in Brooklyn, sold the three-bedroom apartment to Chipotle’s chief marketing Read More