‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Dylan McDermott Knows Exactly Why the Franchise Has Such Staying Power

by Joe Rutland
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Dylan McDermott is part of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” on NBC. The franchise has been around a bit. Why does he think so?

McDermott, who also has starred in “The Practice” as well as one of the “American Horror Story” shows, offered his two cents on the topic with Parade magazine.

“I think that it’s an old friend,” the “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star said. “There’s something about the ability to turn on ‘Law & Order’ anywhere in the world and know what you’re going to get.

“There’s a beginning, middle, and end, and I think that’s really comforting for most of the world,” McDermott said. “There are only a few shows like that where people really feel comforted: ‘Friends,’ ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Seinfeld’. There’s only a handful of shows in the world where people actually relax into it and feel like they’re at home.”

Outsiders, some of you have seen McDermott on your TV screens. He joined the “Law & Order” franchise last season when “Law & Order: Organized Crime” kicked off. McDermott plays mob boss Richard Wheatley, who faces a lot of tests from Detective Elliot Stabler. Yes, Christopher Meloni returned to the franchise as Stabler. So, it’s Wheatley vs. Stabler on the show.

Both actors have a common bond. They attended the same New York City acting school, so they speak in the same acting language.

“Organized Crime” starts its second season on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. Look for McDermott to have a recurring role as Wheatley, Outsiders.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Offers Some Insight Into McDermott Character

As we enter Season 2 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” we will see Wheatley and Stabler once again squaring off.

But the Dylan McDermott character ain’t in a good spot. Wheatley remains in jail and, well, he’s still on trial.

Yes sir, Outsiders. One of our favorite bad guys is going through some things.

By the way, so is Stabler. Like, what things are going on?

So, TVInsider released some new photos from the show’s set. Mafia members Albi Briscu and Reggie Bogdani make an appearance, along with Stabler’s home life.

Fans of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” probably know Wheatley has some shenanigans up his sleeve.

Now, will there be a conclusion to this Stabler-Wheatley game of wits? Meloni has a couple of words to say about it. He chatted it up with Deadline on this matter.

“We have an altercation or two, or an interaction or two,” Meloni said. “You know, our courses must intersect. I think [Wheatley’s] going to get the short end of that deal. A lot of things get answered, but then a couple [of] other big questions arise, so there’s going to be a continuing saga, I believe.