If The George Zimmerman Trial Had Been Fiction

By Barry Levinson
Mark Twain once wrote, “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” That insightful comment would certainly apply to the recent George Zimmerman trial.

There are a number of television shows that have used the “ripped from today’s headlines” concept, but if this trial’s story points were to be adapted into a piece of fiction, it would cause certain problems in credibility in the writers’ room. A discussion between a head writer and the episodic writer who had the idea for a show based on the Zimmerman case might play out something like this:

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