You can’t keep a good anchor down!
Simmons shot the episode in late July, and plays, who else, Sue Simmons! As the fictional Simmons, she’s seen covering breaking news, live on the scene of a scandal encompassing the NYPD, the DA’s office, and two escort agencies.
The season opener continues the story arc from last season’s finale, in which Captain Cragen finds a dead hooker in his bed.
Executive producer Warren Leight tells the Post that when the decision was being made to hire an actor or real newscaster, “six of us thought of Sue at the same time.”
Leight adds, “She said yes immediately. She was thrilled and had a great time.”
He says she didn’t need much coaching, and actually helped with some script adjustments.
“Simmons objected to using the word ‘burgeoning’ to identify the scandal in the episode,” Leight tells the New York Post.
Simmons has been laying low since her mid-June departure from Channel 4 where she’d anchored for 32 years.
In one of Simmons’ final comments on WNBC, she said her hope was to be, “employed elsewhere at some point, even if it’s just once a week.”
“She’s been good to her word with her appearance on SVU,” Leight says.
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