Law & Order Confirms Iconic Original Character Returns

Law & authorityThe highly anticipated 21st season is upon us, having been off the air for over 10 years. That’s a good time to announce important casting news, we think.

Thankfully, creator and executive producer Dick Wolf agrees, revealing that Sam Waterston is reprising his iconic role of District Attorney Jack McCoy. It will be his 17th season as the character.

“Very few casting announcements have ever given me this much pleasure,” Wolf exclaimed in a statement (via Variety). “Since day one, Sam has had a perfect pitch when it comes to Jack McCoy as a character who both reflects and magnifies our ability to understand the law.

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“He is the ultimate conscience of the show and I look forward to him following the career of New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, who served until he was 90. With both Sam and Anthony returning, it shows that the 21st season just a continuation is where we left off.”

The Anthony he’s referring to is Anthony Anderson, who plays Kevin Bernard. He joined the show in Season 18 as a Junior Detective, so it will be interesting to see how he has risen through the ranks.

According to Wolf, any changes will be minor, as he said before: “This is going to be season 21, so it’s the same Law & authority everyone knows it from the first 20 years.

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“So there’s really nothing to fix, we just want to keep telling great stories. As always, there will be three agents and three DAs cast. We always approach storytelling the same way: good writing, acting and production values, and the viewers give what they want… want. That has been our mantra from day one.”

Law & authority‘s revival will premiere on NBC on February 24 in the US.

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