Once again, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ isn’t shying away from the hot headlines. The series will tackle the scandal behind Josh Duggar, the family, and ’19 Kids & Counting’ in an upcoming episode!
“Patrimonial Burden” is the title of the Nov. 4 episode of Law & Order: SVU that will put a twist on the controversy surrounding the Duggar family, TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting and of course, Josh Duggar. The episode will feature many guest stars and many similarities to the scandal — but there will only be ten kids involved, not 19.
The SVU cops — Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T and Raúl Esparza — will investigate a famous family in the reality world who find out their daughter, 13, is pregnant, E! Online is reporting. The episode will delve into uncovering the crazy secrets the family is hiding. Guest stars Ryan Devlin, Victoria Leigh and Chris Elliott will all be featured as well as Broadway stars Andy Karl, Christopher Sieber and Geneva Carr. Christopher and Geneva will take on the parents to the family of ten.
“With the Duggar one, it was like the double-whammy because it was his sisters and the fact—I mean, honestly, I feel like we’re dealing with some topics this season that feel a bit meatier than some lunatic fringe family,” Peter Scanavino, who plays Detective Carisi on the show, told E! on set of SVU. “I wouldn’t mind doing one just because I have never been so infuriated with someone’s level of hypocrisy, and lying, and then displacement of responsibility onto something else. When I think about that guy, it boils my blood, I will say.”
Raúl also chimed in on set saying there’s no real way to avoid the hot topics — but it will ultimately be a little different. “Ultimately, it’s got to stay fiction and got to stay engaging,” he said. “We don’t want to recreate what you just lived through because—we’ll never live up to reality because reality’s getting really bizarre.”
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. This week’s Oct. 14 episode will actually take on police shootings, which has of course been a controversial topic in the headlines all year. Do you think the Duggars episode is appropriate?
— Emily Longeretta