In an Instagram post, producer Dick Wolf (Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU) production company posted a photo announcing Sam Waterson (The press room, Fields of death) would return for the twenty-first season of the series. After a twelve-year hiatus, the iconic procedural policing show will return to NBC in 2022, much to the delight of the show’s creator, Wolf’s.
“There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true,” Wolf said in an interview with Variety. “It’s mine.”
The post confirms the February 24 release date, as well as Waterson’s return. Waterson portrayed Manhattan District Attorney Jack McCoy from the show’s fifth season until it was canceled after season twenty. This long term makes Waterson the second oldest actor, along with S. Epatha Merkerson (Radio, Chicago Med) being the longest-serving actor in an entire season.
Although Merkerson has not announced his return, another popular actor from the original series is expected to join Waterson: Anthony Anderson (Kangaroo Jack, black-ish). Jeffrey Donovan (Burn notice, Hitch), who played a policeman in two episodes of the series, Hugh Dancy (Annibal, Adam), Camryn Manheim (Practice, Happiness), who has also appeared in a few episodes of past seasons and Oldelya Halevi (The revolt of the good girls, why women kill).
Law and order ran from 1990 to 2010 with 20 seasons under its belt, making it the longest-running live script show in television history. It also spawned several different spinoff shows, the most popular being Law and Order: SVU and its most recent addition to the myth being Law and order: organized crime.
This new season is treated like this, a simple new season continuing the procedural scheme (the cops investigate for the first half of the episode, then the prosecutor continues for the second half) and not as a cover or reboot of the show. original. .