One of those “ripped from the headlines” episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” is in the works at NBC that tackles a story along the lines of the recent Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, TVLine reports.
“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,” the story reports. “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 is reportedly titled “The Newsroom,” and is due to begin production in February. TVLine reports that the story “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.”
“SVU” wasn’t commenting, but TVLine notes that a rep for the show reminded the publication that “SVU is fiction.”