Dylan McDermott is returning to Law & Order: Organized Crime sooner than we think!
The beloved (or love to hate) character of Richard Wheatley has been teasing fans with his return. However, on October 20 he tweeted, “I hope @Chris_Meloni is doing some extra push ups. Because I’m on my way…” On Wednesday, November 3, he confirmed that Wheatley will return on the December 9th episode.
Wheatley’s return will be when the first story arch of Season 2 concludes. Each section is eight episodes long for a total of three stories and 24 episodes. The seventh episode is set to air on November 4.
You’ll recall that Wheatley appeared at the start of Season 2 of Law & Order: Organized Crime. The gangster was working with the feds after his numerous charges were dismissed. He was then sent back to Rikers to wait for his murder trial. So what will McDermott’s storyline entail and what will happen to Wheatley? Stay tuned!
Why Dylan McDermott Joined ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’
Dylan McDermott took the role on the crime procedural for several reasons. It was a no brainer decision for him.
“I had grown up with these unsavory gangsters as a kid,” he told Parade. “My mother’s boyfriend was a bank robber, my uncles had dabbled in this and that. I had grown up with my dad in the Village, Little Italy, and had been around when Joey Gallo got killed, and Paul Castellano [was shot dead] at Sparks Steak House. I had waited on these guys as a bartender, as a waiter and as a busboy, so I knew the lay of the land.”
In case you’re not up to date on crime families, Gallo was part of the Colombo crime family. John Gotti ordered the hit on Big Paulie.
The other aspect that McDermott could relate to was the fact that the show is set in New York City. He adores The Big Apple as a native himself and he appreciates the street style of the city.
“[In New York] there’s a sense of style that you don’t really get in too many places, maybe London and Paris. But in America, New York is the center of style and fashion. I had always watched. I’ve always been a great watcher and observer.”
“So I think that the combination of having grown up that way, the clothes, the look, I think that all fell into place for me,” he added. “And, certainly, the psychosis of this character being a malignant narcissist, I think all that stuff is really appealing to me. So it was an easy yes because I knew exactly who the guy was. By the time I stepped on set, I was more than ready.”
Law & Order: Organized Crime airs on Thursdays at 9 PM CT on NBC.