The George Zimmerman murder trial over the killing of Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen’s fall from grace were easily two of the biggest stories thus far in 2013.
“Law & Order: SVU” was certainly paying attention and has decided that in keeping with the times, the show will combine both events for the third episode of its upcoming 15th season, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him,” said “SVU” Executive Producer Warren Leight to EW.
To take on the role of Deen, “Law & Order” cast Cybill Shephard, 63.
The episode will touch on racial profiling, self-defense and how the two mix, if ever. Zimmerman, 29, was found “not guilty” last month on the charges of second-degree murder for shooting Martin, 17, early in 2012.
Prosecutors accused Zimmerman of profiling Martin as a criminal and following him with a loaded gun. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense after he was knocked to the ground.
Deen, on the other hand, watched as her celebrity chef empire crumbled following her admitting under oath to having used the N-word years ago. Wal-Mart, Target and the Food Network were a few of the companies that cut ties with her.
“SVU’s” Leight said that the script divided the cast on who’s right and wrong, just like Zimmerman and Deen.
“It was really interesting to see people read that script and have different interpretations about who did what and whether or not they deserved prison for it,” he added.
NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the upcoming episode. “Law & Order: SVU” will begin airing its 15th season on Sept. 25.