Ronni Chasen case tackled by “Law & Order”

By Sean O’Connell When “Law & Order: Los Angeles” returns to the airwaves in April, the NBC crime drama will feature a two-hour episode containing subject matter that hits very close to home for the entertainment community.

THR reports that an upcoming episode “may be loosely based on the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen,” co-starring Jobeth Williams and Jeff Fahey. Though “L&O” returns on April 11, no airdate has been set for the Chasen episode, which is filming right now and currently is entitled “Benedict Canyon.”

The plot of the Chasen episode, according to THR, centers on “the murder of a Hollywood stylist in what appears to be a random robbery gone bad. But, the team soon learns that it was a murder for hire, with dark family secrets from the past as the motive for the killing.”

These shows usually rip their storylines from recent headlines. But is it too soon to tackle the Chasen case? Will the “L&O” team handle it sensitively? It will be a fine line to balance if they want to stay respectful to the late publicist’s memory.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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