Law & Order: SVU Donald Trump

SVU Boss Dick Wolf: Even I Don't Know When Trump Episode Will Air

As Inauguration Day nears, Law & Order: SVU‘s take on PEOTUS Donald Trump is still MIA from NBC’s schedule, and not even the man behind the long-running procedural knows when the hour will see the light of day.

“I don’t know when it’s going to air,” executive producer Dick Wolf admitted Wednesday during a Television Critics Association winter press tour panel for his upcoming drama Chicago Justice.

The SVU episode, which features Veep‘s Gary Cole as a Trump-like presidential candidate whose campaign is derailed when he’s accused of raping an underage girl, “was written nine months ago,” Wolf noted.

“I never pressure the network to schedule anything in a specific way, except things like crossovers, because it’s [NBC’s] air,” he continued. “I haven’t been informed when it’s going to air. I suspect it will be this spring, but I don’t know.”

The episode was originally slated to be broadcast as the current season’s second installment. It was pushed back to October because of internal concerns over its content, and then delayed to after the election. Following the election, it was postponed a third time, without a new airdate. Cole recently told The Hollywood Reporter that “I don’t know that anyone’s ever going to see” his episode.

“I think maybe the thinking was that the outcome was not going to be this outcome,” he added, “and they would show it at some point, but now you’re in a whole different ballgame.”

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  1. ew says:

    This is why shows shouldn’t try to inject their politics into the shows. I hope they lose a lot of money on this one. This political BS is exactly why I tuned out of SVU this year.

  2. Tori Cooper says:

    They need to just not air SVU at all anymore.

  3. TVFan says:

    They are probably afraid of being sued (or receiving SAD tweets) by the Cheeto-in-Chief.

  4. BM says:

    I was wondering about it the other day. They should have just aired it when it was first scheduled to air. They have a disclaimer at the beginning and they are protected by the Constitution. I don’t think this episode will see the light of day this season.

  5. Bella says:

    If it doesn’t air, the US will be joining other countries like the UK (not airing Outlander until months after the Scottish referendum) and Spain in refusing to show any series which might be considered to undermine the government.

    What I’m saying is, it’s not unusual in the free world. But the US always had the First Amendment to protect this kind of creative expression. That seems to be fading now, as Trump grabs the government and the media in the you-know-where.

    • texmike says:

      It’s not a First Amendment issue. They can show it anytime they want. Rather it’s an issue of good taste. Something that is rare these days.

      • Bella says:

        It looks like they just don’t want to upset Trump, because he doesn’t react well to anything he considers an insult. I can’t see how it could have anything to do with taste, good or bad.

  6. Reavaria says:

    Why don’t they make it an online exclusive? They did it for Hannibal.

  7. texmike says:

    That episode needs to go in the trash.

  8. Cas says:

    I mean it is a TV show. It is purely fictional so why does it matter if it airs?

    • Geneviève says:

      Yes, you’re right, it’s a TV show but one which is greatly based on true stories. They can change names and/or places, we ALL know to which news item ithe “fictional” story it relates and you can be sure that journalists from websites like TVline , TVGuide – and even some viewers – won’t miss to comment on the episode by calling back to which dirty news item it is made a reference, especially if it concerns prominent people.
      Here, producers, actors and TVLine’s people clearly kenw and said that this history was inspired on Trump’s sexual scandals while he ompeted to the race for the White House and it was even specified in the time that SVU’s actors disagreed with the end and had required it to be changed.

  9. Steven Cohen says:

    There are also questions on a reputable L&O blog about the episode entitled “Great Expectations” that was pre-empted by Game 7 of the World Series, as well as the 400th episode airing out of order. According to unconfirmed reports, some of which come from Executive Producer Julie Martin, the season will contain 21 episodes, and the preemptions changed the airing order, in part owing to the need to double run Chicago P.D. the week before Thanksgiving. Any info you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Natalie says:

    Grow a pair and show it. Geesh..All you’ll get is an angry tweet. Who cares!

  11. Jenna says:

    It will never air and I’m fine with it. It’s an SVU episode so it’s not some hidden jem that must be aired and it’s hurting the show so let’s just go on hoping that the writing gets better.

  12. Leia says:

    Since it involves the Lisa Bloom Jane Doe case which was total garbage, I’d strongly suggest that the episode never see the light of day, it’s artistic libel.