‘Law & Order’ Revival Gets New Cast Member in ‘Practice’ Star Camryn Manheim

by Taylor Cunningham

Emmy award-winning actress Camryn Manheim is joining the cast of Dick Wolf’s Law & Order revival as a series regular.

As reported by Deadline, Manheim will be playing the part of Lt. Kate Dixon when the series returns for its 21st season this winter. The character will replace Lt. Anita Van Buren. Though Buren’s actress S. Epatha Merkerson starred on Law & Order during seasons 4-20, she is unable to return for the revival. The actress is currently tied up starring in another Dick Wolf series, Chicago Med.

Camryn Manheim will play one of three new characters in the crime drama. Last month, the series announced that Jeffrey Donovan will play a lead NYPD detective. And a few weeks later, Hugh Dancy joined the cast as an Assistant District Attorney.

The latest episodes of Law & Order will pick up where the series left off in 2011, with Wolf and Rick Eid at the helm. Once again, the show will follow “the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.”

Law & Order is a special series for Manheim because she actually got her small-screen start on the drama. Her very first television role was a guest appearance on the show’s first season in 1990. And during seasons three and four, she made some more cameos. Altogether, Camryn Manheim has played four different characters in the series. And her next role will make it five.

Aside from her multiple stints on Law & Order, the actress has played a series regular on Waco, Ghost Whisperer, Stumptown, Person of Interest, and Extant. She also won an Emmy while starring on ABC’s The Practice.

Dick Wolf’s reprise premieres on February 24th during the popular Law & Order Thursday night lineup.

Reviving ‘Law & Order’ is a ‘Dream Come True’ for Executive Producer Dick Wolf

Three decades ago, television giant Dick Wolf brought the original Law & Order to life. The court drama ran for 20 seasons and spawned multiple spinoffs—all of which are immensely popular. So it would make sense that the series holds a special place in Wolf’s heart.

In a statement, Wolf expressed just how excited he is to revive his flagship series.

“There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true. This is mine,” Dick Wolf said shortly after the reboot was announced.

Wolf is certain that his show will perform just as well the second time around, too. And we don’t doubt that either. Everything the writer touches turns to TV gold, so Law & Order won’t be any different. But what exactly is it that makes his shows so popular? As Wolf told Variety in October, it has to do with his production genius.

“We always approach storytelling the same way: Good writing, acting, and production values, and give the viewers what they want,” he said. “That’s been our mantra from day one.”