Law & Order
The troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been investigated by the New York State Department of Labor, lampooned by Saturday Night Live and savaged by critics. And now the $70 million musical is about to endure Law & Order‘s ripped-from-the-headlines treatment.
TVLine reports that an upcoming episode of NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent will center on “a high-flying, fast-crashing show” called Icarus, whose director is described in the casting breakdown as “high-strung and larger-than-life,” and “a born-again drunk.”
However, while ousted Spider-Man director Julie Taymor oversaw the production when four actors were injured — a fifth was hurt after her firing — her television counterpart will be at the helm when a performer is murdered. Of course, Taymor isn’t the only person cast in an unflattering light (this is the Law & Order franchise, after all): The episode also features a rock-star composer named Arno who’s secretly bisexual and cheating on his wife.
There’s no word yet on when the CI episode will air. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark — the real one — is on hiatus through May 12 while a new creative team, led by Philip William McKinley, makes sweeping changes to the show. Opening night is scheduled for June 14.
There’s just one more day to enjoy These Are Their Stories, an exhibit of art based on the TV show Law & Order, at Gallery Meltdown (inside Meltdown Comics) in Los Angeles, but hopefully the art will continue to live on on the internet. The contributing artists, including Kate Beaton, Box Brown, David Malki, and Chip Zdarsky, each drew a work of art based on a capsule description of a Law & Order episode. Some of the pieces, such as Nate Carle’s Ring Identifies Attacker, are whimsical, while others, like Michael Kupperman’s A Young Woman Escapes a Polygamist Cult, draw more directly on the show and its familiar characters. The exhibit is the work of Brandon Bird, who has a strange fascination with America’s favorite cop/court show; he has a whole gallery of Law & Order-inspired work online, including a Law & Order coloring book and SVU valentines.