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Fans can expect the newest season of Law & Order: SVU to bring current real-world issues into the spotlight.
According to showrunner Warren Leight, this does include both the death of George Floyd and the coronavirus pandemic. During The Hollywood Reporter podcast called TV’s Top 5 the showrunner confirmed the topic of George Floyd’s death both “has” and “will” come up during the new season.
George Floyd and the new season of Law & Order: SVU
It has been nearly a week since 46-year-old George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. Video footage shows Floyd pinned to the ground with a former white officer named Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck. Several autopsies have been conducted. One independent autopsy reveals asphyxia was his cause of death. Later in the week, news broke that all officers present during the incident would face prosecution for the alleged roles they played in his death.
There are ways, we will find our way in to tell the story. Presumably our cops will still be trying to do the right thing but it’s going to be harder for them and they’re going to understand why it’s hard for them.”
According to the showrunner, they are making changes to the writers’ room. This is to “bring in new voices, fresh voices, different voices” to the series.
Leight continues to explain Law & Order: SVU tries to spotlight how both race and class affect justice outcomes. He, however, suspects the series has not tried hard enough.
This has to be a moment where people make themselves uncomfortable — where people in power have to make themselves uncomfortable.”
The new season cannot focus entirely on bad cops.
Warren Leight assures the entire new season of Law & Order: SVU cannot focus on bad cops. Moreover, he clarifies that Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) does not fit into that category.
As those who have followed the show over the years know… Benson is a very empathetic person. Leight believes that is what separates her from other cops.
Fans can also expect the coronavirus pandemic to play a role.
The showrunner also confirms the coronavirus pandemic will be addressed during the new season of Law & Order: SVU.
We’re going to reflect New York in the pandemic. What happens to someone who is sexually assaulted during the height of the coronavirus outbreak.”
The return of familiar Law & Order: SVU faces.
Back in March, we learned Christopher Meloni would step back into the role of Elliot Stabler. This is for a new NBC spin-off series. The series does not yet have a name.
The show is likely to be part of the Law & Order franchise. The new series will feature Stabler. Stabler will lead a NYPD organized crime division. There is already a 13-episode order for this new series.
Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf will be behind the new show. This is the first new show to emerge after Wolf signed a five-year contract with Universal Television a month ago.
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