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The Good Fight to Base a Case on SVU's Shelved Donald Trump Episode

Is this week’s The Good Fight picking a fight with a rival network’s hit series?

The CBS All Access legal drama takes aim at Law & Order: SVU this Sunday, basing a case on NBC’s controversial decision not to air an episode of SVU that was modeled on President Donald Trump. In the Good Fight episode, entitled “Stoppable: Requiem for an Airdate,” a TV writer who works for “one of those Chicago shows” leaks an episode he wrote based on Trump after his network refuses to air it, and ends up getting sued by the network. (CBS hasn’t released an official episode description yet, but our sister site Variety has the details.)

The SVU episode in question, starring Gary Cole as a Trump-like politician who’s sued for rape, was originally scheduled to air earlier this season, but was delayed multiple times as NBC executives fretted that they could be painting Trump in a bad light. Then after Trump won the presidential election in November, the episode got shelved and will now probably never see the light of day. (SVU star Ice-T commented this week that the lost episode “wasn’t one of our best.”)

The Good Fight hasn’t been shy about incorporating President Trump into the show: The premiere opened with Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) looking horrified as Trump won the presidency. And this week’s episode title is a sly wink at the lost SVU episode’s title, “Unstoppable.” But the show’s creators insist this isn’t a mean-spirited poke at a competing network. “We didn’t really feel that we were taking shots at NBC,” co-showrunner Michelle King told Variety. “It was very much a generic network, and the fear was that any network or entertainment conglomerate could end up being frightened by this administration.”

To make things even weirder still, Cole is also a cast member on The Good Fight and appears in Sunday’s episode — although not in any scenes connected to the TV writer storyline.

Will you tune in to see The Good Fight take on SVU, or is this all too TV-meta? Drop your thoughts in a comment below.

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23 Comments
  1. z says:

    looks fun

  2. Brock says:

    Awesome. Shame on NBC for not airing it in the first place! With what they allow SNL to do, you’d think it’d be okay!

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      SNL is considered parody show, and gets a little bit more protection from lawsuits that a drama.

  3. Michael says:

    I think they will do a great job

  4. Mike Jones says:

    The Good Fight is so good. It’s one of the best shows around. Great writing!

  5. Anne says:

    Fantastic. The Good Wife always did fascinating cases and took up interesting legal issues. Glad to see it continuing

  6. Steven says:

    Cmon SEASON 2!

  7. Tony says:

    I have to agree. The Good Fight is turning out to be one of the best on TV.

    As for NBC’s decision, shame on them.

  8. abz says:

    I’m so bummed that it’s only 10 episodes. This show is so good. I hope it gets a second season renewal with more episodes. Maybe not 22 episodes, but I feel like ten is too little for a show this good. I think 13-16 episodes is a good amount. And the show is still part procedural, so it’s not like they’d be at a loss for coming up with episodes. These writers have always been able to find and tackle interesting legal cases and current events which was one of my favourite parts of The Good Wife.

  9. F says:

    NBC did air the SVU episode, just after the election. It was eerily similar to our “President “

  10. After watching the third episode I will no longer be watching and I am sure Half of the viewers feel the same way. It has a cheep “The View” vibe. I see why its on streaming it would be cancelled on primetime.

  11. Lets be realistic this show belongs on BET or Mtv.

  12. Mary says:

    I would love to watch this show but refuse to pay to see it. If it shows up on Netflix down the line I will tune in.

  13. Graham says:

    Good fight it is..

  14. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    Not going to support CBS and their streaming nonsense. Maybe it will get dumped to Netflix later this year.

  15. larry says:

    Nothing but liberal wet dreams………..

  16. Julia says:

    The Good Fight is actually being shown on Canada’s W network (the Women’s Network).

  17. Barbie says:

    No, I would not look at THE GOOD FIGHT taking on one of my favorite shows SVU. Although, SVU even with Olivia & Ice Tea still being there is surely missing Stabler.

  18. Sorry but I was hoping The Good Fight would be kind of an extension of The Good Wife. It’s not. It’s about a large company of black lawyers with Diane Lockhart only getting a short part. I won’t be watching it much.

  19. GrandMommy Smith says:

    So tired of the networks ripping Trump. The minute a show starts in on a leftist slant, I click the remote to something else. The Good Wife was fun until Valerie Jarrett made a guest appearance. Good writing does not have to be politically manipulative. Do you wonder why Fox News is #1 in news viewership? We want to be entertained by TV shows, not subjected to your political preaching.