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Law & Order: SVU’s famed Donald Trump-inspired episode won’t see the light of day anytime soon.
NBC on Monday released the loglines for the remaining new episodes of SVU‘s current season. Not on the list? “Unstoppable,” the episode in which Gary Cole (Veep) played a Trump-like politician whose campaign goes off the rails when several women go public with damaging accusations against him.
Announced in mid-October, the episode was originally slated to air on Oct. 26 — less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election. However, the network opted to move it back to premiere after the election on Nov. 16. Following Trump’s surprising defeat over Hillary Clinton, the episode was pulled from the schedule a second time and remained unscheduled.
At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in January, executive producer and creator Dick Wolf told reporters he estimated that the episode would air in the spring, but said he didn’t know for sure.
When speaking with The Hollywood Reporter that same month, Cole remained doubtful the episode would ever air. “The fact is, probably, I don’t know that anyone’s every going to see this,” he said at the time.
The following month, showrunner Rick Eid spoke with THR about the episode’s delay: “Sometimes the facts go against you in a way you can’t imagine and all of a sudden what you wrote two months ago feels different than what you might have wrote in the present because the facts have changed, and I think there was a bit of that.”
The long-delayed episode served as the inspiration for a recent episode of The Good Fight, in which several main characters from the legal drama defended a writer who had leaked an episode of television he had written online after the network had delayed it because of concerns relating to the Trump administration.
Although the Trump-inspired SVU episode remains without an airdate, the series has not shied away from pulling from the headlines in subsequent installments. Last week’s hour, titled “The Newsroom,” was seemingly inspired by the allegations made against former Fox News head Roger Ailes that lead to his ouster last summer.
The current season of SVU, its 18th, will wrap with a two-hour finale on Wednesday, May 24. The long-running Universal TV drama has not been renewed for season 19.
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