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The future remains unclear for the twice-delayed Law & Order: SVU episode seemingly inspired by President-elect Donald Trump.
“I don’t know when it’s going to air,” Dick Wolf told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “The episode is an episode that was written nine months ago. I don’t know when it’s going to air. They’ll tell me. I don’t control scheduling of individual episodes.”
However, Wolf remained optimistic that the episode will eventually air.
I never pressure the network to schedule anything in a specific way except things like crossovers,” Wolf said. “I haven’t been informed when it’s going to air. I suspect it will be this spring, but I don’t know.”
Wolf’s comments come after NBC delayed the episode, in which Gary Cole plays a Trump-like politician, several times. Originally set to air on Oct. 26, less than two weeks before the presidential election, the episode was then pushed back to Nov. 16, more than a week after the election in which Trump stunningly defeated Hillary Clinton. However, the episode was then taken off the schedule again, with no air date in sight.
“The fact is, probably, I don’t know that anyone’s ever going to see this anyway,” Cole told THR earlier this year. “I don’t know that the outcome was expected. I think maybe the thinking was that the outcome was not going to be this outcome and they would show it at some point. But now you’re in a whole different ball game.”
In the episode, titled “Unstoppable,” Cole plays a politician whose campaign goes haywire when several women go public with damaging accusations. “All you had to do was read the script and know that it was based on him,” the Veep star said. “The background that this candidate has — a businessman with no virtual government experience, a real estate tycoon — you didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out where they’re getting this from.”
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