Want an actual, good-ass reason to start watching your grandparents' favorite TV show? Here's one: Joe Biden is about to pop in on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The vice president is taping his appearance Friday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "While in New York, the Vice President will tape an appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on the rape kit backlog and efforts to end violence against women," Biden's official White House schedule reads. Additional information on the appearance of Biden, who previously showed up on the small screen for a Parks & Recreation cameo, has not been made available.
Law & Order: SVU was renewed for an 18th season in February, with franchise creator Dick Wolf inking a new overall deal with NBC. "I've been in the same office, with the same phone number, for 30 years," Wolf said in a press release announcing the renewal. "I'm glad people won't have to learn a new one. Staying was really a foregone conclusion. My partnership with [NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt] has been the best relationship I've ever had with the head of a network."
Biden's appearance on the hit franchise makes a lot of sense, as he has long been a vocal supporter of sexual assault victims. In June, Biden wrote an open letter to the unnamed woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford student Brock Turner.
"You were failed by a culture on our college campuses where one in five women is sexually assaulted—year after year after year," Biden said in his BuzzFeed-published letter. "A culture that promotes passivity. That encourages young men and women on campuses to simply turn a blind eye. The statistics on college sexual assault haven't gone down in the past two decades. It's obscene, and it's a failure that lies at all our feet."
Law & Order: SVU returns Sept. 21.