Once upon a time Barry Levinson heard me on the "Howard Stern Show" and brought me in to audition for a role on "Homicide: Life On The Street." He cast me as Detective John Munch! Now after 21 years, Munch has lived over 500 hours of programming and appearances on 10 different shows.
In a creative mashup of two of America's most racially-charged cases, Law & Order: SVU's "American Tragedy" had Paula Deen shooting Trayvon Martin, and getting away with it despite some deep-fried epithets.
There may be no more powerful force to influence public awareness and perception than the entertainment industry. Most of us probably don't even realize how much our attitudes and assumptions are informed by what we see on television and in movies.
After last week's Mike Tyson debacle, I was hoping SVU would regroup and come back with a strong, realistic episode. Instead, "Secrets Exhumed" eschewed plausibility and focused on creating unbelievable plot twists. It succeeded... in being unbelievable.
SVU opened its season with a roller-coaster of a double episode. "Lost Reputation" and "Above Suspicion" took up where the cliffhanger of last season left off: with Captain Cragen waking up drenched in the blood of a dead hooker sprawled in his bed.