Law & Order will see the return of two cast members in the revival of the hit series, as well as the debut of a few newcomers.
Picking up where the original run left off, Law & Order brings back Anthony Anderson‘s Detective Kevin Bernard as well as Sam Waterson‘s District Attorney Jack McCoy. Both actors kept busy post-Law & Order. Anderson starred in the hit sitcom Black-ish. Waterston starred in several shows, including Grace and Frankie. The latter also made a handful of appearances on Law & Order: SVU.
In addition, several actors round out the cast. Jeffrey Donovan, of Burn Notice fame, will play an NYPD detective. Hugh Dancy and Odelya Halevi will play Assistant District Attorneys. Replacing S. Epatha Merkerson, Camryn Manheim will play Lieutenant Kate Dixon.
Interestingly, Manheim is no newcomer to the franchise. Her very first acting role was in a 1991 episode. She appeared two more times in 1993 and in 1994 but has not appeared since. The actress was excited to be “coming home.”
While fans can look forward to Manheim’s addition to the cast, the news is bittersweet. S. Epatha Merkerson was the longest-running character in the show’s history, so Manheim has big shoes to fill.
Law & Order Star Shares Excitement for Return
In addition to Manheim, another cast member is excited to make a comeback. After eight seasons on Black-ish, Anderson is ready for a change of pace.
“You know, a lot of people ask why, and I say why not?” said Anderson. “It’s the opportunity to go back and reprise [my] character, and have a little fun in the dramatic space for a little while.”
On Black-ish, Anderson portrayed Andre Johnson Sr., an ad executive and father. The Law & Order star also executive-produced the series alongside costar Laurence Fishburne and creator Kenya Barris. Though the series was nominated for 11 Emmys, it failed to take home any wins. Anderson poked fun at their “0 for 11” record, adding that he’s “gonna move some furniture around” if they lose again.
Manheim and Anderson are joined in their excitement by series creator Dick Wolf. When the Law & Order revival was announced, Wolf referred to it as one of the “few things in life that are literally dreams come true.” Additionally, he has no doubts that the series will be a success again.
“We always approach storytelling the same way: Good writing, acting, and production values, and give the viewers what they want,” explained Wolf. “That’s been our mantra from day one.”
Joining a now expanded lineup, the franchise’s flagship show will share a night with Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Law & Order makes its return on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. eastern on NBC.