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‘Law & Order: Svu’ Takes on Fox News Scandals in Latest Episode ‘The Newsroom’

27 April 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode that aired Wednesday night played partly as wish fulfillment, but then again, that’s one of the functions of a crime procedural: To make sure the audience knows that the bad guys will almost always get what’s coming to them, thanks to law enforcement teams that never waver in their commitment to justice.

That the real world doesn’t always work this way is a given. We often look to our entertainment to supply the storylines we wish existed; we don’t always want TV dramas that reflect the harsh, painful unpredictabilities and routine injustices that reality often provides.

And so in “Svu’s” latest ripped-from-the-headline episode, a powerful man, Harold Coyle (Christopher McDonald) went to jail for the rape of a co-worker. The 18 months he got doesn’t seem like a lot, but the wrap-up to this installment of the long-running procedural noted that the network Coyle ran »

- Maureen Ryan

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Roger Ailes-Inspired 'Svu' Episode Hits Close to Home (Exclusive Video)

25 April 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Fox News is still fresh off the sudden exit of longtime anchor Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, but Law & Order: Svu is ready to reopen another recent wound at the cable news network.

Wednesday's episode centers on a news anchor (Bonnie Somerville) who accuses her boss, a news network head named Howard Coyle (Christopher McDonald), of rape. While it doesn't take long for viewers to figure out that the hour is inspired by the accusations that surrounded former Fox News network chief Roger Ailes last summer, the similarities between the storyline and the actual events leading »

- Kate Stanhope

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Aaron Rodgers Gets Into Hilarious Twitter Beef With ‘Shooter McGavin’

20 April 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Shooter McGavin is far and away one of the best sports movie villains of all-time.  I think anyone who’s ever seen Happy Gilmore would 100% agree with me on this.  But did you know that Shooter has his own Twitter account?  It’s not actually run by actor Chris McDonald whose Twitter account has been dormant for about a year.   This Shooter account has a whopping 308K followers.  It’s not as much as Aaron Rodgers and his 3.11 million followers but it’s enough to get the Packers Qb’s attention. For whatever reason during a very late stretch of evening, these two

Aaron Rodgers Gets Into Hilarious Twitter Beef With ‘Shooter McGavin’ »

- Nat Berman

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Law & Order: Svu First Look: Benson Heads to "The Newsroom" for a Ripped-From-the-Headlines Case

18 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Law & Order: Svu is sending Benson to "The Newsroom" for a ripped-from-the-headlines case that has some striking similarities to a certain cable news network scandal. E! News has your first look at the episode with exclusive images. In "The Newsroom," Lt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) appears on her friend's cable news show to discuss a headline-making rape case and the facts behind it. The live on-air conversation triggers Heidi Sorenson (guest star Bonnie Somerville) to accuse someone of assaulting her. That someone? Her boss, played by Christopher McDonald. Heidi's reveal leads Benson and Barba (Raúl Esparza) to ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line for her case. Mark »

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'Law & Order: Svu' Sets Cast for Roger Ailes-Inspired Episode

3 April 2017 4:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Just as Fox News finds itself in the midst of another round of sexual harassment controversy, Law & Order: Svu is firming up its own take on the cable news network.

Christopher McDonald (Thelma and Louise), Bonnie Somerville (Friends) and Mark Moses (Mad Men) are set to headline an April episode of the NBC procedural seemingly inspired by the Roger Ailes scandal that led to the longtime chief's departure.

The episode, titled "The Newsroom," is described as follows: "Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Barba (Raúl Esparza) ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line after a news anchor (Somerville) makes an on-air disclosure of »

- Kate Stanhope

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'The Crash': Film Review

13 January 2017 2:08 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Old to-catch-a-thief cliches get dusted off and mangled in The Crash, Aram Rappaport's macroeconomic technodrama in which a stock-market hacker is recruited by the feds to protect the New York Stock Exchange from unknown terrorists. No film in which the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (played here by Christopher McDonald) is the most colorful character can be said to have much grip on reality, but this one is further off the mark than even that suggests; theatrically and on video, its stock will tank quickly enough to test the reflexes of a high-frequency trading algorithm.

Frank Grillo makes an unsympathetic »

- John DeFore

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