There have also been changes behind the scenes, with Michael Chernuchin taking over as showrunner. And in an interview with EW, he revealed that the new season will tackle the Charlottesville, Virginia, riots. “You can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll do that,” he said. “We don’t want to take a stand on any political point of view, but we like to present the issues. What I want is, at the end of a show, for half the people to stand up and cheer and the other half to throw their shoes at the TV. I want controversy.”
Other ripped-from-the-headline episodes this season will touch on passengers being dragged off commercial airplanes as well as catfishing and cyber-bullying in an episode that Chernuchin described to THR as “our answer to 13 Reasons Why.”
Law & Order: SVU premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.