NBC's 'SVU' to Feature Paula Deen/Travon Martin Storyline
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The New York Post reports that the new season of NBC's LAW & ORDER: SVU will feature a storyline which combines two of the biggest headlines of the summer, the firing of celebrity Chef Paula Deen from Food Network and the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
In the powerful episode, Cybill Shepard will star as Jolene Castille, described as "a famous southern chef who guns down an unarmed, hoodie-wearing black teen she thought was following her on the Upper West Side."
Jeffrey Tambor and Leslie Odom, Jr. will also star.
Executive Producer Warren Leight commented to Entertainment Weekly on the episode, "[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.