Law & Order: SVU Episode Based on Donald Trump Pushed Again, to 2017

Law & Order: SVU‘s take on Donald Trump has been put on the shelf — yes, again.

The planned episode, entitled “Unstoppable,” was set to air next Wednesday, Nov. 16, but it’s once again been postponed, per our sister site Deadline. No air date has been set, but it’s not expected to air until next year, with Trump — who won the presidential election in a stunning upset — due to be inaugurated in January.

The scheduling change is actually due to the World Series, with last Wednesday’s Game 7 pushing a new episode of SVU off the schedule. (That episode will air this Wednesday, with a two-hour Chicago P.D. taking SVU‘s timeslot next week.) But it’s fair to wonder whether the controversial episode will ever air, in light of Trump’s win. “Unstoppable” stars Veep‘s Gary Cole as a Trump-like presidential candidate whose campaign is derailed when he’s accused of raping an underage girl.

“Unstoppable” was filmed months ago, and was originally slated as the second episode of the current Season 18. But internal concerns over the episode’s content pushed it back to October, and then NBC decided to hold it until after the election to avoid painting Trump in a bad light. (Mission accomplished.)

Are President-elect Trump’s controversies fair game for an SVU episode? Hit the comments with your take.

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  1. Erica says:

    Well, there’s no good time to air it *now*.

  2. Iakovos says:

    Let the episode run. Why should SVU’s “ripped from the headlines” approach be diminished now? The individual with whom it is linked ran comments uncensored. Does that game change now?

  3. Yoko says:

    I will never watch an episode about this man. So show it or not. Your sponsors will make no money off me that night or in reruns.

  4. girlfrombk says:

    Well, maybe at least they’ll include it when season 18 is released on DVD next summer cuz this episode, for what I feel are stupid reasons will never be aired on TV. Shame!

  5. Np20 says:

    They need to run it already; you know it will be a good one. I don’t see why they couldn’t air it with the usual disclaimer

  6. Tom says:

    SVU is still a thing?

    • Collette says:

      Only for seniors and people whose lives are gray. It’s the US equivalent of Wallander. If you’re mildly depressed when you start watching, you’ll be borderline suicidal by the time it ends.

  7. Michael Summerset says:

    Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to make an episode trashing a political candidate during an election year.

  8. Kevin says:

    How long will SVU is going to end?

  9. Cindy says:

    Should have aired it as first planned. Backing because of that “man” showed bias.

  10. Theodora Smallwood says:

    I am a huge fan of all the law and orders and especially svu si why not let them show the episode? They have a unique way of taking topics in the world today and making Society aware of what’s really going on in the world they bring a huge awareness to a large audience…

  11. Ron says:


  12. Chuck says:

    Considering he’s going on trial next month for the alleged rape of a 13 year old, no better time than the present to air it. Of course, he is very litigious, so I’m sure NBC wants to avoid being dragged into court. My bet is they’ll never air it.

  13. Should have aired it when they originally planned. I’m sure Trump will have a similar reaction to it now as he would have had back then.

  14. Kate says:

    and the censorship begins.

  15. I say air it – they probably will when it’s against some big TV event to avoid controversies with the Trumpets