In its 15th season, producers of Law and Order: SUV will show an episode of a Paula Deen-esque celebrity chef will who claim to have used self-defence for shooting an unarmed black teen named Mehcad, who was wearing a hoodie in Upper West Side in Manhattan, N.Y. because she thought she was being pursued by a rapist.
American Actress, Cybill Shepherd will play the role of the Deen-esque celebrity chef, said he shot the teen because she also knew that police officers were after a rapist who fits the description of the victim. New York born-actor Leslie Odom, Jr. will be portraying a minister of the slain child.
This episode was inspired by two of the biggest racial stories of this year -the George Zimmerman trial over the death of Florida’s unarmed Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen controversial drop from the Food Network after admitting to use racial slurs N-word years ago. Deen also discussed how she had contemplated a plantation-themed celebration with black servers for her brother’s wedding.
Although the SUV production team has changed the original details of both stories, the show’s executive producer Warren Leight did pointed out in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, that the episode will be controversial and has caused divisions during the production.
“When the script was published it became a litmus test for everybody here,” he said. “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. It was fascinating,” he added.
The 15th season will debut with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9 P.M. on NBC. The New York Daily News reported that episode will be aired in October. This will be the third episode of the season.
Past episodes of Law and Order: SUV has highlighted other other incidences that have made international headlines, including the Casey Anthony Court trial and the Chris Brown and Rihanna domestic dispute.