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File this under “Bound to happen”: NBC’s Law & Order: SVU will address the Harvey Weinstein scandal with an episode slated to air in 2018.
The veteran Dick Wolf procedural will explore rape culture in the workplace, but it won’t be set in Hollywood. Instead, the installment will be set in the airline industry as producers on the Mariska Hargitay starrer were already working on the episode when the Weinstein scandal broke and proceeded to change Hollywood’s conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace.
“We were actually working on a story about airline pilots, and what a boys club that is,” SVU executive producer Michael Chernuchin told EW, which was first to report the news of the upcoming episode. “We were beating the story out and said, ‘Wow, this is exactly what the actresses go through in Hollywood. It’s the same environment.’ So we got all of our Harvey stuff out with airline pilots.”
Fallout from the Weinstein scandal has spread across the entertainment industry as actors, showrunners, producers, executives, casting directors and other figures face allegations of sexual harassment that continue to have a ripple effect on the business.
The planned episode is the latest example of how SVU has crafted ripped-from-the-headlines storylines.