Sam Waterston Returning For ‘Law & Order’ Revival


Sam Waterston, one of the longest-running cast members on the classic NBC procedural drama Law & Order, will return as fan-favorite district attorney Jack McCoy for the revived show’s 21st season, it was announced Thursday, over a decade after the show was cancelled.

Key Facts

It will be his 17th season in the role, which he played from 1994 until 2010, when the show ended.

Law & Order creator Dick Wolf described McCoy as the “ultimate conscience of the show,” and said “very few casting announcements have ever given me this much pleasure.”

The revival will serve as a continuation of the wildly popular franchise, which has spawned several successful spin-offs over the years.

Original cast member Anthony Anderson is also set to return, joining new players Jeffrey Donovan, Hugh Dancy, Camryn Manheim and Odelya Halevi.

Key Background

Waterston last appeared as McCoy in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2018. He received widespread acclaim during the show’s original run, and was nominated for a Golden Globe, three Emmys and 11 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

What To Watch For

Law & Order’s 21st season will premiere on February 24.

Further Reading

Sam Waterston Returns To ‘Law & Order’, Will Reprise Jack McCoy Role In NBC Revival (Deadline)

Sam Waterston Officially Returning for ‘Law & Order’ Revival at NBC (The Hollywood Reporter)

Sam Waterston Returns to NBC’s ‘Law & Order’ as District Attorney Jack McCoy (Variety)

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