‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Is ‘Turning Up the Heat’ with Dylan McDermott Appreciation Video

by Leanne Stahulak

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” star Dylan McDermott was at the forefront of NBC’s latest promotion for the upcoming season.

The show’s official Twitter account posted a video montage of some of Dermott’s greatest moments as mob boss Richard Wheatley. Standing opposite of Chris Meloni’s Elliott Stabler, Dermott excels at playing the tough, hardened mob boss with a penchant for violence and turtlenecks. And “Law & Order” wanted to remind us of Wheatley’s best and worst traits before the approaching season.

“Turning up the heat to prepare you for #OrganizedCrime‘s return in three weeks,” the show’s Twitter account wrote.

Does anyone else feel like it’s still summertime in the middle of July? It’s mind-blowing that we’re only three short weeks away from the fall premiere of so many of our favorite shows, including “Law & Order: Organized Crime” and its sister show, “SVU.”

While we haven’t seen a full promo for the show yet, it’s helpful to see McDermott in action again. When we left off with “Organized Crime” Season 1, we saw his character Wheatley with the upper hand, sending everyone to the hospital where his mole, Morales, attempts to murder Ayanna Bell and Wheatley’s ex-wife Angela. Though Wheatley is temporarily locked up, it doesn’t seem like he’ll stay that way for long.

IMDb even revealed that McDermott is set to appear in the Season 2 premiere. Apparently, he initially signed on as a series regular for Season 1 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” only. But fans loved McDermott’s sinister, wicked play on Richard Wheatley so much that he gets an entirely new arc on the upcoming season.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Dylan McDermott Talks Future of Stabler Vs. Wheatley

Back in April, Dylan McDermott spilled the beans to Entertainment Weekly on the dynamic relationship between Wheatley and Stabler.

“This is a heavyweight match,” he said. “We’re going to see a relationship develop between them that is going to be explosive. The show hinges on that, in many ways, to have a formidable, bad guy go up against Elliot because he’s such a well-loved character.”

McDermott also appreciates that “Law & Order: Organized Crime” is more of a “fresh take” in the franchise, providing something gritter for fans.

“I think people will be like, ‘Wait, this is not Law & Order,’” McDermott said. “But I think Chris [Meloni] wanted something different. I certainly wanted something different. Otherwise, it’s just SVU all over again or the original Law & Order. So I love that it’s a fresh take.”

He also appreciates his character, Wheatley, and how complicated he is.

“I mean, what an introduction to a character. The very first episode, he kills his father,” McDermott said. “That’s a wild moment because then you realize you know exactly who he is and that he’s capable of almost anything.”

But McDermott wouldn’t tell what’s in store next for the character. “We’ll see what happens. But right now, I’m really enjoying these episodes that I’m doing and loving playing this character.”