No surprise, "Law & Order SVU" has been renewed for a 20th season.
What keeps it going and going is the engaging, soulful personality of Detective Olivia Benson. She is America's television sweetheart, the way Mary Richards had been in the 20th century on "Mary Tyler Moore."
Played by Mariska Hargitay, Benson pulls out all stops in hunting down those who commit heinous sex crimes. Her depth of character had been shaped by her own personal history.
Benson was conceived during a rape. Her mother chose to carry the child and in the process evolved into a drunk. Benson hasn't healed from the wounding.
In real life, Hargitay is an advocate for victims of sexual assault. In 2004, she founded the Joyful Heart Foundation. As part of her outreach, she parachuted in to help facilitate the testing of the thousands of rape kits "mothballed" in wherevers throughout the nation.
"Law & Order SVU" is the only vestige of the wildly popular "Law & Order" franchise created by Dick Wolf. The secret sauce for that "institution" had been and continues to be that the plot lines as "ripped from real life." After viewers watched a big news event they could count on its being repackaged as an episode.
For the Harvey Weinstein alleged sexual misconduct, "Law & Order SVU" presented an episode about a rouge airline pilot who sexually abused two female pilots struggling to make it in a male-dominated field.
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