Law & Order: LA Filming a Gabrielle Giffords-Inspired Episode

Think whatever you want about NBC's Law & Order franchise. I know it has its adherents. But I think it's a gross, stupidly written collection of shows that passes off profound human suffering as casual entertainment. Every time I accidentally stumble onto it, some five-year-old is playing with Legos and describing how he was recently raped, while Ice-T and Richard Belzer make wisecracks in the background. How is this acceptable? It isn't.

Anyway, Law & Order: Los Angeles, which is like the monstrous sibling Dick Wolf failed to keep locked in an attic, is filming an episode based on the Gabrielle Giffords shooting.

The primetime drama started filming today an episode where a female state senator is gunned down in a public setting.

Too soon, you say? In the Law & Order universe, that's only a compliment. [EW.com, photo via NBC.com]