Law & Order: SVU Roger Ailes

Law & Order: SVU Taking on Fox News' Roger Ailes Scandal in Spring Episode

An upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU will be ripped from one of Fox News’ most embarrassing headlines ever.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the NBC procedural is developing an episode loosely inspired by the sexual harassment scandal that pitted ex-Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson against the network’s CEO Roger Ailes, a kerfuffle that ultimately forced Ailes to step down. Carlson, who alleged that Ailes fired her after she refused his sexual advances, ended up walking away with a $20 million settlement

The SVU episode, titled “The Newsroom” and slated to go into production next month, centers on a character by the name of Howard Coyle, who is described as the “uber-powerful, brash, bullying, controlling, obnoxious, inappropriate” head of a major news network whose past is about to catch up with him. The other key players in the installment are 40-ish “Heidi,” one of the network’s lead anchors who carries with her a dark and devastating secret; 20-ish “Margery,” an opportunistic up-and-coming anchor at the network who will do anything to advance her career; and 50-ish “George,” a seasoned talking head at the net who’s grumpy, cranky and well-versed on what goes on in the newsroom.

An SVU rep declined to comment for this story, beyond reminding us that “SVU is fiction.”

The news comes as the fate of another ripped-from-the-headlines SVU episode — this one featuring a storyline with strong parallels to President Donald Trump — hangs in the balance. 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.

“I don’t know when it’s going to air,” executive producer Dick Wolf told reporters earlier this month at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I suspect it will be this spring, but I don’t know.”

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  1. webly3 says:

    Sounds really good.

    • webly3 says:

      I hope that Fox News viewers will be less defensive of Roger Ailes after watching this episode.

      • Leia says:

        We aren’t it was about harassment not rape, hardly something for the police, so Wolfie is going faux on Fox. There is no reason for a civil problem to envolve the cops. FAntasy land!

      • Dianne says:

        I haven’t known any FOX viewer that is defensive of Ailes grabby hands.

  2. Tori Cooper says:

    Yawwwwwn. Come up with something original, dudes. And I’m no Drumpf/Fox supporter at all, but come the eff on.

    • peterwdawson says:

      SUV loves ripping from the headlines, for good and for bad. They did an episode inspired by Anthony Weiner’s ‘Carlos Danger’ bit where the alias was something like ‘Enrique Trouble.’ Not defending the practice, just saying this is nothing new for them.

      • Jimmy says:

        They should do a Clinton lewinsky episode where he also goes around grabbing some pu*** like trump said. That’d be funny!

  3. Iris says:

    Let’s see if this one airs.Not holding my breath.
    That said, I’m not fond of “ripped from the headlines” of very publicized cases. Not fair to the innocent involved who see someone’s take on their ordeal broascast on national TV and don’t have a say on it, although everyone can identify them.

  4. Douglas from Brazil says:

    So Gretchen alleged sexual harassment because she was fired?

    • Iris says:

      Maybe she stopped putting up with sexual harassment because she was fired. That’s how predators work in general, they take advantage of their victim’s (or victims’) fear of losing their job to subdue them and force them into silence.

    • Danyelle says:

      Don’t be a disgusting pig.

  5. Dave Lusk says:

    NBC Executives and Dick Wolf must have a really DULL NOTHING to do Life’s to have to use a Civil Action to produce a episode when all of the GANGS,KILLERS and DOPE Users and Sellers that ruin average working people life’s and this the best they can do. Soap Opera’s used to be broadcast in the DAYTIME not in PRIMETIME!

  6. NP20 says:

    Just air the ‘Trump’ episode already. They have their disclaimer

  7. Dianne says:

    This should be the last year for SVU. I have watched it since the beginning, even after Chris Meloni left, but the show has consistently gone down hill. The episodes are of poor quality..Dick Wolf now has 4 Chicago shows to worry about. Just my opinion as a great lover of all Law and Order series and spinoffs.

  8. Broadwayfan says:

    That episode based on Donald Trump was planned and written on the assumption that he was going to lose.
    Well, surprise there.
    Now it’s about the President.
    He’s mocked and disrespected enough.
    I hope for better from SVU. Toss that episodes, Dick Wolf.

  9. To the critics, you are aware that “wripped from the headlines” has always been a staple not only for “SVU,” but the “Law and Order” franchize as a whole, right?

    As for this being SVU’s last season, I highly doubt that.

  10. Kristi says:

    Dianne I agree completely. Like you I’ve watched from the beginning. It used to be great. Now more than ever it’s all about stealing headlines instead of thinking up your own thoughts for stories. I miss the old days of SVU.