With so little of the “Law & Order” franchise left intact, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the honors of adapting the Arnold Schwarzenegger
infidelity scandal to the tube goes to “Special Victims Unit.”
TVLine reports the now Chris-Meloni-less series has tweaked the tabloid story of a famous face secretly fathering a child with someone from his household staff, but the inspiration is clear.
The episode, that will air early in the upcoming Season 13, swaps an actor-turned-governor for a philanthropist from New York aristocracy. Other fictional flourishes are said to include a possibly villainous turn for his entitled son and the swapping of a housekeeper baby mama for a member of the couple’s elite circle of friends.
“SVU” recented added Danny Pino (“Cold Case”) as a Meloni replacement and Kelly Giddish (“Chase”) to make up for for Mariska Hargitay‘s decreased screen time next season.