“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” may already have 17 seasons under its belt, but that does not mean that the long-running series is letting go anytime soon. In fact, it appears that the Dick Wolf-created show is taking police procedural to the next level with new takes on the core theme of the show starting with the supposed appearance of Vice President Joe Biden.
Sources confirmed to Carter Matt that his excellency is making a brief cameo in the forthcoming installment of the show. Biden, however, won’t need acting lessons as he will be playing himself on the yet to be disclosed episode. “SVU” has landed the 73-year-old Democrat as part of the politician’s campaign to end domestic violence, which is a revolving issue in the series. He also has ties with lead star Mariska Hargitay, who plays Lt. Olivia Benson, and the Joyful Heart Foundation.
Biden’s supposed shooting schedule would have been completed by today. It can be assumed that this will not be the only time that the thriller will tap the help of other celebrities all throughout season 18. The New York-set show has a penchant for inviting rising stars as well as established actors and even other public figures into the fold to add to the marketing value of the program.
Aside from Biden visiting the Manhattan squad, “SVU” is also taking on a “Making a Murderer” kind of format, The Hollywood Reporter revealed. Spearheading the episode is show veteran Ice-T, who plays Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, who will be backtracking a case he handled 16 years ago. Narrative-wise, the episode will tackle a convicted rapist’s case who is exonerated after DNA is freshly tested. Henry Thomas and Kelli Williams are both slated to guest star. The “E.T.” alum will play the suspect in question, while Williams will play rape victim Melanie who had previously identified his assailant.
“SVU” has never backed out from mining case ideas from real-life incidents. Just last season, it aired a Duggar-inspired episode at the height of the molestation scandal surrounding the family’s eldest son, Josh.
With all of the spoilers leaking out of the production of the show and its continuing efforts to push storytelling boundaries, it will be curious to see how new showrunner Rick Eid will jell with the rest of the show. The former writer of “Law & Order” joins existing showrunner Julie Martin after Warren Leight bid the show goodbye after last season. Fans should expect a different spin on the sexual harassment cases to be featured with a brand-new perspective aboard the “SVU’s” creative team.
“Law & Order: SVU” season 18 will premiere on Sept. 21 and will air every Wednesday night, 9 p.m. ET on NBC.