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Exclusive: Troubled Spider-Man Musical Gets the Law & Order Treatment -- With a Killer Twist

If this does turn out to be Law & Order: CI‘s final season, it sure will go out with a bang. Not only has the procedural signed Jay Mohr to guest as, in essence, Charlie Sheen, another episode is now underway that will pull back the curtain on a Broadway disaster that sounds an awful lot like Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Obviously, no one will confirm that the Great White Way debacle is what inspired the upcoming hour about a high-flying, fast-crashing show called Icarus. But it’s pretty clear that the headlines from which the story was ripped appeared in Backstage, not the local Penny Saver.

Natch, Spidey’s ousted director, Julie Taymor, gets the worst of it: Her CI counterpart is described in casting breakdowns as “high-strung and larger-than-life.” Oh, and a born-again drunk. (Then again, anybody’d be driven into a Jesus Juice stupor if a botched stunt didn’t just injure an actor but killed him, which is what happens in the CI eppy!) Bono, on the other hand… sorry, “Arno” is a secretly bisexual rock-star composer who’s cheating on the missus with a colleague. (Pass that flask… )

So, dunno about you, but I’m actually just as interested in seeing this CI episode as I am in seeing TOTD after it returns, sans Taymor, from its retooling. What do you think? With neat tricks like this up his sleeve, will boss man Dick Wolf be granted his wish for another season after all?