‘Law & Order’ Reboot Casts ‘Burn Notice’ Star Jeffrey Donovan

by Suzanne Halliburton

Jeffrey Donovan, the charming spy from Burn Notice, is headed for the reboot of Law & Order.

Variety reported that Donavon will portray a detective on the somewhat recast Law & Order. However, there’s not much known about his character, other than he will play someone new to the show.

Back in September, NBC announced it was picking up Law & Order, the series that made the spinoff so lucrative.

If not for Law & Order, there would be no Special Victims Unit, which just featured its 500th episode in its 23rd season. There would’ve been no Criminal Intent or LA or True Crime. And there would be no Organized Crime, which now follows SVU in the Thursday lineup. NBC announced plans for another spinoff — For the Defense — but then cancelled them. NBC then said it would revive Law & Order.

Audiences adored Donavan as Michael Westen, the burned spy in Burn Notice. The series ran for seven seasons (2006-2013) on USA Network. On the show, Westen was dumped in Miami. He no longer could work for the CIA, which basically erased his identity. So he lived with his mother (Sharon Gless) and became a private investigator, solving cases each week with his ex-girlfriend Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), brother (Seth Peterson) and retired FBI operative and ladies man Sam (Bruce Campbell). And throughout the seven seasons, he tried to find out who burned him.

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Law & Order Started in 1990 and Birthed So Many Spinoffs

Law & Order launched in 1990 as Dick Wolf’s first series. Wolf now is the king of the network crime procedural for two different networks. NBC runs a complete lineup of his shows on Wednesday and two hours on Thursday. Plus, CBS devotes Tuesday nights to FBI and two spinoffs — FBI: International and FBI: Most Wanted.

Law & Order ran until 2010. Then NBC canceled it. The series had numerous cast changes. But it’s final cast included Sam Waterston, Anthony Anderson, Jeremy Sisto, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache and Alana De La Garza. Both Waterson, who played district attorney Jack McCoy, and Anderson (detective Kevin Bernard) are expected back for what will be the 21st season.

Other stars of the show have gone on to work with other Dick Wolf shows. Sisto and de la Garza are starring in FBI. Merkerson is in the Chicago One franchises, playing Sharon Gibson on Chicago Fire, Med and PD.

Last month, Wolf told Variety he’d been working to bring back Law & Order for the past decade.

“I never give up on things I believe in,” Wolf told the outlet. “It took a long time, but the journey was worth it.”

“This will be Season 21, so it’s the same Law & Order everyone knows from the first 20 years,” Wolf said. “So there’s really nothing to fix, we just want to continue telling great stories. Casting as always will be three cops and three D.A.s.”