Law and Order SVU Season 18 – Donald Trump inspired episode shelved until after election

“Law & Order: SVU” has itself a rather hot-button episode at the moment when it comes to Donald Trump (at least to a certain extent); the problem they keep running into is finding the right spot to put it on the air.

On Friday, Deadline reported that this episode, which was originally supposed to air on October 26 one week following the latest Presidential Debate, will now air at some point following Election Day on November 8. There’s no precise date just yet, but we have to imagine that this is frustrating for some who make the show and probably wanted to have this episode on the air before the election took place. Are we surprised? Not exactly. NBC is probably feeling so much heat right now from angry people complaining about how the media is “slanted” that they don’t want to run the risk of alienating more of them with an hour of television that feels like a clear shot at one candidate over the other.

Of course, with that being said this is a tremendous disappointment that creative interests are being shunned over potential business concerns — not that we think that anyone’s mind in the most divisive election in our lifetime would be swayed by an hour of fictionalized television.

We don’t want to get too political here since we know what that can turn into in the comments section. We’ll just say that we’re disappointed this is being shelved since Gary Cole is, per promos that were already released, set to deliver an incredible performance as a politician who finds himself accused of sexual misconduct.