A week after NBC's Law & Order aired an episode revolving around an Ann Coulter-like character (NewsBusters item with video) whose anti-embryonic stem cell research position so angered a student suffering from Parkinson's disease that he tried to kill her (but his gunshot kills an innocent student), tonight's (Friday) episode is inspired by the Ted Haggard case -- though with the added twist of murder. From TV Guide.com:
“A popular reverend is suspected of a gay actor's murder when it is discovered the victim threatened to out the pastor and expose his hypocritical stance on homosexuality.”
NBC.com's plot summary suggests the Haggard character may not be the real murderer:
“After a gay actor is found shot to death, Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) and Nina Cassady (Milena Govich) arrive at the scene and discover an email that was sent to a well-known pastor. In the email, the actor admonishes him for speaking out against gays. Asst. D.A. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) discovers a note left behind that he suspects may be a cover for the real murderer.”
Law & Order airs Friday nights at 10pm EST/PST, 9pm CST/MST.