To be fair, it wouldn't be "Law & Order" without one -- a twist, that is.
"Law & Order: SVU" is taking its ripped-from-the-headlines formula up a notch, combining two major news stories in an upcoming episode: the death of Trayvon Martin and the Paula Deen scandal.
People walk in a community march for justice for Trayvon Martin, Monday, July 22, 2013 in Phoenix. (AP)
“[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him,” executive producer Warren Leight told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a lot of stop and frisk elements to that as well.”
Photos from the set were published Wednesday on BuzzFeed showing Tambor with Cybill Shephard, who plays the celebrity chef. Also pictured were scenes from a protest, with demonstrators carrying signs such as "Guilty of WWB -- Walking While Black" and "I am Mehcad," the slain teen's name in the episode.
One photo shows two of the actors holding a card with an actual image of Trayvon Martin on the back.
According to BuzzFeed, the episode will be titled "American Tragedy."
Leight said the show isn't shying away from some of the most controversial issues.
“Is racial profiling justifiable? Can self-defense involve racial profiling? We’re diving right into that,” he said. “Can that happen in New York? Absolutely.”
The episode will be the third of the new season and will air in October.