Exclusive: Law & Order: SVU Takes on Arnold Schwarzenegger Scandal

The only thing the Arnold Schwarzenegger love-child scandal was missing was a crime. And now Law & Order: SVU is taking care of that.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the lone remaining L&O is plotting an episode this fall loosely inspired by the real-life drama involving the secret son Schwarzenegger fathered with a member of his household staff.

In the SVU version, Schwarzenegger’s doppelganger is Andrew Raines, a charming, seductive Master of the Universe-esque philanthropist in his 50s who is part of one of New York’s royal families. His wife, Kathleen, is (duh) the Maria Shriver of the piece: charming, charismatic and fiercely protective of her family. She’s the perfect match for her perfect husband, though unlike him, she is not afraid to get down and dirty when attacked.

That trait will come in handy when she discovers that her hubby had an affair with someone in their inner circle, a romance that produced — yep, you guessed it — a bastard. It’s unclear where the sex crime comes in, but an insider tells me it involves the golden couple’s wealthy, entitled son, Tripp.

A show rep declined to comment, except to say, “SVU is fiction.”

The episode is slated to air early in the show’s upcoming 13th season, which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10/9c.

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  1. Carri says:

    SVU isn’t the only L&O, there is also Law & Order: UK.

    • tahina says:

      Does it also star Marishka Hargitay, (in the picture cut).

    • Esaul says:

      Two things. 1.) SVU is the lone L&O show on U.S. network television. We don’t get the new episodes right away either. U.K. airs on BBC America, a cable show. 2.) U.K.’s episodes are based off L&O episodes anyway.

      • Kvivik says:

        Not all of the episodes are direct translations from US episodes.
        However, due to the difference in British vs US television “seasons”, you cannot count UK as a remaining L&O with regards to this article.

  2. Double Jay says:


  3. Bobbi says:

    Tripp? Gee, I wonder who they could be jabbing at with that name…..

  4. Danny says:

    Casting suggestions: Sylvester Stallone and Melissa Gilbert — hey, it’d be something different

  5. Todd says:

    I wonder if they will find a way to do an episode taking on the British tabloid/phone hacking scandal.

    • Kvivik says:

      Wouldn’t be hard. So I won’t be surprised if they do.

    • Icy says:

      first of all, this season hasn’t even began. You don’t know what will happen with the show, until the season begins. At least give it a chance, and third the two new additions of characters might boost up the shows ratings.

      Saying that this show is done with before the season has even started is being too harsh. No one knows what might or might not happen. So what that a major actor left, it doesn’t meant that the show will go downhill.

  6. Lena120 says:

    They’re ignoring the biggest scandal of all, the one that centers around half of their cast disappearing into thin air. Sensationalism won’t get me this time SVU. My time with you is coming to an end.

    • Deena says:

      Nice one! I still want to know how they will address Stabler’s exit. If it’s with a passing sentence that will be so lame!

      • Jamesvu says:

        Hey, for all we know that’s Stabler’s exit. It would certainly make for an interesting one, at least…. Bring Dani back for the one episode (since it was always vague on why she did ‘go back to her old unit’) and reveal their love-child (remember that long drawn passionate makeout when they were drunk one episode?).

        It’s sad though that half the cast is leaving, but its the only L&O show where the primary cast really didn’t change much except for the ADAs (Benson(officially, at least sans her maternity leave and the few episodes missed for a collapsed lung), Cragen, Stabler and Munch all made 12 season, Tuttuola has been there for 9 or 10… for the L&O franchise that’s very little change when we think of it and why the show was such a success….because it was such a dynamic cast.)

  7. Meredith says:

    “A bastard?” Really? Very classy.

  8. C.H. Arlene Trey says:

    This might have worked for Law & Order: LA. Despite Warren Leight taking over for SVU, I don’t see it. Big mistake cancelling LOLA now. I guess Bob Greenblatt will see that when SVU’s ratings fall. Chris out, Mariska going out, B.D out. I’m done with SVU.

  9. Icy says:

    Alright this is really absurd, saying that one won’t watch it because a major actor left. As well as saying that this will be the last season.

    This season hasn’t even started that, how can you people possibly think that way?? Too many of you are closed minded. At least give this season a chance, and then judge.

    Seriously, no one knows how the ratings will be. There are two new actors on the show. For all we know it can really bring up ratings. It will be your loss if this season turns out to be excellent.

    Why don’t you people just watch it and then see how things go. I’m sick of people just saying that this season will be the last, without the season even starting yet.

    Sad really….

    • Chingy says:

      I’m out of SVU too. Not because of the actors/EP, but because SVU has played out. I could see if SVU was trying to actually be real, but reading this article – it makes the episode seem whack. Neal Baer ruined SVU for me as of Smoked, I watched off/on since season 8. I’m out too! Other people care about SVU because they want to see Benson and Stabler in bed together. I care about the stories, the law, and the facts; SVU’s former style of telling stories. I’m out. And SVU will be cancelled in May 2012, let’s face facts baby.

      • Jazmin says:

        True to that. This is one of the few shows that I’m actually in it for the stories & not so much for the sexual chemistry of the protagonists. But unlike you I’m still sticking around for a while longer.

  10. peace_n_luv says:

    “It’s unclear where the sex crime comes in…” Um, Ausiello, how often anymore does SVU actually have a sex crime in the ep anyway?

  11. Fernando says:

    “bastard”? Really? It’s 2011, dude.

    • Danielle H. says:

      It’s still an accepted vernacular and at least Aussy has a varied vocabulary?

      Anyway, I’m sure this episode will be interesting. I’ll still be watching in the Fall, albeit saddened by the loss of some good characters.

      • Fernando says:

        Its continued use in the vernacular is to indicate a vile person, a “jerk.” It really isn’t hurled at children much anymore, at least by decent people.

    • MrGJG says:

      Oh right, we must always live and speak by the rules of political correctness.

      • Fernando says:

        there’s really no political angle involved. That use of the word is archaic, ridiculous and unkind. It’s about decency, not politics.

  12. nin9sev7n says:

    Casey Anthony’s case is next, I’m sure.

  13. kristine says:

    *sniff*sniff* smells like…desperation!

  14. Julia says:

    How is it desperation? In case you didn’t know, the Law and Order franchise is famous for doing episodes ripped from the headlines. And for all we know, with a new show runner, new writers, and half of a new cast the show could get back on track. I wouldn’t call this move desperation.

  15. AreaMan says:

    Law & Order: SVU Takes on Arnold Schwarzenegger Scandal

    Gee, writing is hard…so in other words,

    “We’re too lazy and/or untalented to come up with an original story.”

    • Christina says:

      It says LOOSELY inspired, which means just the basic part. You in no way have any proof that the story they play out on SVU will be the exact same thing. In fact, they usually aren’t. Get a life…and a brain please.

  16. HollyW79 says:

    According to the Daily Rash, Schwarzenegger’s gardener told Maury Povich that Maria Shriver had HIS baby! Wow! http://www.thedailyrash.com/maury-povich-guest-claims-maria-shriver-bore-his-child

  17. MuhammedX says:

    “Bastard” eh? Unless we are talking about 75% of the Starlets that are lauded and their “Bastards” are coo’d and fawned over….Oh well…your quip will satiate the same trolls that actually still watch that show…the rest of us hear the sound of the liberal train wreck…look….and keep on walking.