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‘Law & Order: SVU’ Planning Roger Ailes–Inspired Episode

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Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes

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Here’s news that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who watches “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”: The show is planning a Roger Ailes–inspired episode. Ailes, you’ll recall, was the longtime CEO of Fox news until departing the network last summer after a number of sexual-assault allegations. As “SVU” often produces topical episodes based on semi-current events, one based on the high-profile scandal was probably inevitable.

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The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news, first reported on by TVLine, as well as a few details about the episode in question: It’s “centered on the powerful head of a news network, Howard Coyle, who has a past; a female anchor at the network who is carrying a dark secret; and a young up-and-coming anchor willing to do anything to get ahead.”

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NBC isn’t alone in the move, as Blumhouse Productions is planning a miniseries based on the scandal as well. “SVU” is currently in its 18th season.

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