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Law & Order: Sam Waterston's DA Jack McCoy Returning for Season 22

When the fall rolls around, fans of Dick Wolf's "Law & Order" franchise are going to get to enjoy an entire night of NBC primetime programming dedicated to their beloved franchise. On Thursday nights, we have the Sam Waterston-starring Law & Order returning for Season 22 at 8 p.m., followed by the 24th season of the Mariska Hargitay-starring SVU at 9 p.m. And then the trifecta wraps up with the third season of the Christopher Meloni-starring Organized Crime at 10 p.m. But last month, there were some question marks surrounding Waterston's return when we learned that Anthony Anderson wouldn't be returning as Det. Kevin Bernard now that his one-season deal has wrapped. Considering Waterston also signed a one-season deal, to say that fans were getting a wee bit worried would be an understatement. Well, good news! Deadline Hollywood has confirmed exclusively that Waterston's DA Jack McCoy is returning, making the actor the longest-tenured cast member on the flagship series at 18 seasons.

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"Since day one, Sam has had perfect pitch when it comes to Jack McCoy as a character who both reflects and expands our ability to understand the law," Wolf said when Waterston's return for Season 21 was announced back in December 2021. "He is the ultimate conscience of the show and I look forward to him emulating the career of New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, who served until he was 90." While not an official confirmation, Waterston's presence at NBCUniversal's Upfronts in May left many feeling the veteran actor would return for at least another season.

NBC is bringing back one of its most treasured and honored dramas with the 21st season of "Law & Order." The series, which will continue the classic bifurcated format that was created for its original run, will once again examine "the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders."

Waterston, Jeffrey Donovan, Camryn Manheim, Hugh Dancy, and Odelya Halevi star. Wolf is the creator and executive producer. Rick Eid, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski are executive producers. Law & Order is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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