Law & Order has officially kicked off its revival. And for proof, we offer photos of a throwback detective along with a new character.
Wolf Entertainment, which produces the revival, announced the start of production, Wednesday. And the Dick Wolf social media account gave Law & Order fans some photos of what the production looked like through the camera lens.
“Here we go. Season 21 of Law and Order is officially in production.”
Yes, that’s Anthony Anderson in both photos. He joined the Law & Order cast in 2008 as Kevin Bernard and was with the show until its surprise cancellation in 2010. After starring on the ABC comedy, Black-ish, he’s returning to Law & Order as the same character from more than a decade ago.
The other actor in both photos is Jeffrey Donovan. He’s new to the series. We don’t even know his name, as yet. You might remember him as Michael Westen, the charming, but burned ex-spy on Burn Notice. That series ran from 2006-13 on USA Network.
Several actors from other Dick Wolf-produced shows replied to the news. Danielle Moné Truitt, who stars as Detective Bell on Law & Order: Organized Crime, posted “Wooop wooop!!!” Yes, she was excited.
And Yuriy Sardarov of Chicago Fire replied: “but Anthony Anderson makes this an instant watch.”
Difficult to Imagine Network TV Without Dick Wolf Dramas
Law & Order launched in 1990 as Wolf’s first-ever series. Now, it’s difficult to imagine network TV without a Dick Wolf drama. He’s the emperor of the crime procedural for two different networks. NBC runs an entire lineup of his shows on Wednesday and two hours on Thursday. The Law & Order revival, which premieres Feb. 24, gives NBC a third hour on Thursday nights.
Plus, CBS sets aside Tuesday nights to FBI and its two spinoffs — FBI: International and FBI: Most Wanted.
Law & Order ran until 2010, with reruns of the show still in syndication. Then NBC shocked TV viewers with its cancellation. The series survived numerous cast changes. But its final cast included Sam Waterston, Anderson, Jeremy Sisto, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache and Alana De La Garza.
Merkerson played Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on Law & Order for 17 years and 388 episodes. She registered the most appearances in Law & Order than any other actor. When the show ended its run in 2010, she owned the record for the longest-running Black character on network television. Merkerson now is on Chicago Med. It’s unclear if she’ll make appearances on Law & Order as Van Buren. She’d already decided to leave the show before it was canceled. At the end of the series, Van Buren learned she had cancer, so Merkerson’s character may not even be alive.
Sisto and De La Graza also stuck with Dick Wolf productions. Both are on FBI.
Hugh Dancy also is in the new reboot, portraying an assistant district attorney. And fans definitely want Waterston back as Jack McCoy.