Anthony Anderson & Hugh Dancy join Law & Order Revival

Anthony Anderson, Law & Order, Revival, Hugh Dancy, Dick Wolf, NBC

Anthony Anderson is the first official Law & Order alum to return for the upcoming season 21 revival of the popular NBC series. The news comes as Hugh Dancy has been chosen to lead the show with the previously announced Jeffrey Donovan already on board.

Black-ish is entering its eighth and final season on ABC, so the timing is perfect for Anderson to return to the Law & Order franchise. According to “Deadline,” the actor has signed a one-year deal to return as detective Kevin Bernard, a role he played in the series in seasons 18-20. Anderson was one of two original cast members who have so far been contacted to return, and Sam Waterston was also asked to return early. Per “Deadline,” Waterston is still in discussions about returning.

Hugh Dancy is set to play a new character who is an assistant district attorney. This marks a return to NBC for Dancy, who played Will Graham for three seasons Hannibal. Dancy joins the new cast member, Jeffrey Donovan, who is also set as co-lead, and plays an NYPD detective.

The latest installment of Law and order comes from Dick Wolf and writer-showrunner Rick Eid. Per NBC, the series will once again investigate “the police investigating crime and the district attorneys prosecuting the offenders.” Considering that Law and order: SVU and the latest addition Law and order: Organized crime, is going strong, I suppose we will also see more crossovers when the parent series returns to the ranks.

Law and order originally ran for 20 seasons and was on the verge of peaking Gunsmoke’s record as the longest-running primetime drama ever when NBC canceled the series in May 2010 without a proper series finale, after the renewal negotiations fell through. The record was in Law and order family when SVU, now in its 23rd season, took the crown. On its long run, Law and order was nominated for more than 50 Emmy Awards and won the 1997 Outstanding Drama Series.

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