The classic crime drama will be tackling current events.
To tell the story of the death of George Floyd, nationwide anti-police demonstrations and the ongoing pandemic, the upcoming season of NBC’s long-running crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will highlight these issues that have been engulfing America’s streets.
Executive producer Warren Leight said that the show will find a way to “tell the story,” according to The Hollywood Reporter podcast. He added that he will switch up the show’s writers “to bring in new voices, fresh voices, different voices.”
Law & Order has made a point of implementing additional efforts to diversify the show. Last year, the show “tried really hard…to show how class and race affect the outcomes of justice in society,” Leight said on the podcast, but admits that “’really hard’ wasn’t enough.”
While not every episode will be about a bad cop, he did highlight the fact that Captain Olivia Margaret Benson, a fictional character on the NBC police drama, “makes mistakes,” but that she is also “empathetic.” Leight explained that this character trait is what differentiates the show’s cops from the real life ones people see on their everyday news feed.
In light of COVID-19, SVU will also reflect the city of New York and its struggles and issues during the pandemic.