It’s Anthony Weiner Week on broadcast TV! Two primetime drama series announced they will air competing Weiner-esque storylines, political scientists have navel-lint gazed in press reports about the phenomenon, and The Reporters Who Cover Television are poised to break the news first, in re which Weiner Week episode played best with viewers in key demographic groups.
Tonight, NBC’s defending champ Law & Order franchise, which wrote the book on headline off-ripping, gets first crack at Weiner’s world. The long-running Law & Order: SVU has done an episode about a guy running for New York mayor who is accused of sending naughty photos online to a 15-year-old female, using the name Enrique Trouble. Too easy? L&O: SVU is defending its title against relative newcomer, ABC’s Scandal. Tomorrow night, that primetime soap sees heroine/POTUS mistress Olivia Pope working with a sexting senator, who may be a murder suspect. Of course, both storylines are far worse than the reality of Weiner’s life, though his life isn’t over yet — only his political one. In real life, Weiner resigned apologetically from Congress when illustrated sexting reports hit the media, after which he launched a bid to become mayor of NYC, which was derailed by more reports of continued sexting — mostly by his funny sexting pseudonym Carlos Danger.