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‘Law & Order’: Anthony Anderson Reprising Role as Detective Kevin Bernard in Revival Series

by John Jamison
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Great news, Law & Order fans; Anthony Anderson has arrived. The Detective Kevin Bernard actor is returning to the franchise to reprise his role in the upcoming revival of the flagship series. He joins alongside new face Hugh Dancy.

If you’ve been following the development of Dick Wolf’s dream-come-true Law & Order revival, then you know that Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice fame recently signed onto the show as a series lead. The addition of Anthony Anderson, however, provides the reboot with a much-needed familiar face.

A veteran of the franchise, Anderson’s stint with the original Law & Order series came toward the end of the show’s run. From 2008 to 2010, the Black-ish star appeared in 50 episodes as series regular character Det. Kevin Bernard. But funnily enough, Kevin Bernard isn’t even the first detective he’s played in the long-established franchise.

That’s right. In 2006, Anthony Anderson made a one-off appearance on the Mariska Hargitay-led Law & Order: SVU. His character? Detective Lucius Blaine. And say what you will about the character only lasting a single episode, “Lucius” is an awesome name.

Fast forward to 2021, and Anderson is getting back to his longer-lasting Kevin character on the upcoming revival. And though you may not recognize his detective from the procedural franchise, especially if you only recently discovered it via Organized Crime, you’ve likely seen Anderson before.

The man is hardly 50 years old and has already racked up 100 acting credits to his name. And the list is impressive, to say the least. He had a starring role in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. He was hilarious in Transformers. And you may have caught him in the first season of Shameless.

The ‘Law & Order’ Revival Has Been a Long Time Coming for Dick Wolf

The flagship series is near and dear to Dick Wolf’s heart. And why wouldn’t it be? It launched decades of a handful of successful spinoffs, including SVU, which has outlived its predecessor. From the time Law & Order came to a sudden end in 2010, Dick Wolf knew he was going to bring it back. It was only a matter of time.

Here we are, a little over a decade later, and it’s finally becoming a reality. Wolf went on record recently, calling the revival a “dream come true.” And he’s not the only one who’s excited. In a statement, an NBC executive had nothing but excitement to share.

Law & Order is quite simply one of the most iconic shows in television history. The idea of continuing its legacy and partnering with Dick on an all-new season is nothing short of exhilarating. This is great news for NBC as well as TV fans everywhere,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman of Entertainment Content at NBCUniversal TV.