With Donald Trump is making the headlines these days for bragging about sexually assaulting women, it is no surprise Law & Order: SVU showrunners have decided to use it as inspiration for one of their episodes. However, the producers have chosen to delay the airing in order to thoroughly scrutinise the story and plan to keep their fans waiting till then.
NBC confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that the episode titled Unstoppable will star guest actor Gary Cole as a politician whose "campaign goes haywire when several women go public with damaging accusations."
The episode will air, not on 19 October but on 26 October, just two weeks ahead of the US presidential elections.
In the promo, Cole plays an entitled wealthy man in politics. "I'm a handsome, charming millionaire. Women throw themselves at me," he says. In another scene he tells reporters, "Know that I have nothing to hide." Sounds familiar?
Rick Eid, who took over as showrunner from Warren Leight previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he had plans for an episode about a politician. "It is possible we may try to explore a story involving some sort of brash demagogue with political ambitions," he said during the September interview.
NBC may not have to worry much about how Trump will take his scandal being made into a Special Victims Unit episode. The network has already had a falling out with the presidential candidate after it leaked the 2005 Hollywood Access video in which he brags about groping and kissing women.
To find out what twist NBC gives to the special episode, watch Law & Order: SVU on Wednesday, 26 October at 9/8c (2am GMT) or watch the show live online here.