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‘Paula Deen SHOOTS Trayvon Martin’ in new [Law & Order: SVU] that wraps both scandals into one controversial episode… and Cybill Shepard plays gun-wielding TV chef,” the headline at the London Daily Mail breathlessly reports, in a story that’s largely cribbed from this Entertainment Weekly article:

In fact, the SVU writers have taken things one step further and combined two of the year’s biggest headlines: The trial of Zimmerman over the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and the Paula Deen scandal.

“[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him,” said Leight in an interview with EW. “There’s a lot of stop and frisk elements to that as well.

Cybill Shephard is playing the part of the celebrity chef, and Smash’s Leslie Odom, Jr. is portraying a minister of the slain child in what will be the third episode of the season.

They won’t be shying away from the big questions either, according to Leight. “Is racial profiling justifiable? Can self-defense involve racial profiling? We’re diving right into that,” he said. “Can that happen in New York? Absolutely.”

Can a show chockablock with leftist Democrats smear their fellow Obama supporters? Can a show look back and see the shark it’s jumped is receding even further in the distance? Can once semi-respected crime drama become camp? Is it time to retire this show? Absolutely.

If I’m remembering correctly, the original Law & Order had a heavy-handed anti-Tea Party allegory in its last season before euthanasia was mercifully applied to that once-great, long-exhausted series. Perhaps this upcoming segment is, if we’re lucky, a similar clue that the end is near for its spin-off.

Incidentally, I wonder what the man who is suing NBC’s news division for slandering him thinks about this development.

Matthew Sheffield of Newsbusters has further thoughts on this segment ripped from the headlines Dick Wolf’s fever swamp imagination.

Update: In a lengthy post titled “Selected Scenes From the Great National Discussion on Race,” Ace asks why not add an Alec Baldwin analogue to the episode, “as his most recent racial slur was five months ago, not 25 years ago?”

I would think it would be a tougher question to ask why a man with Industry Connections is permitted to drop homophobic and racial slurs like he’s Frank Sinatra roasting Paul Lynde and Sammy Davis, Jr., and has yet to be asked to pay any price by his media friends and protectors.

I wouldn’t expect an NBC show to attack a man who’s currently on the NBC payroll and has been for the past seven years anytime soon. The Law & Order franchises may claim to be “Ripped from the Headlines!!!111!!!!,” but don’t **** where you eat isn’t just the rule of thumb for journalists.

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I had been a L & O fan since it first aired and thoroughly enjoyed weekend marathons. It was always liberal and always went there on lots of topics, but the writing and acting were usually pretty good and entertaining. Then, almost immediately after Obama's inauguration the next episode leaned so far left that you almost wanted to puke. I turned it off and have never watched another episode or re-run.
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