S. Epatha Merkerson and Anthony Anderson
Photo from the NY Post
The New York Post recently did an article on the new detective at the 2-7. He’s Anthony Anderson, and he’ll be taking the spot soon to be vacated by Jesse L. Martin. Here’s the Post article, and what was billed as the first photo of him on Law & Order.
FIRST PHOTO OF NEW COP ON 'L&O'
By MICHAEL STARR
April 1, 2008 -- HERE'S your first look at Anthony Anderson, the newest addition to "Law & Order."
Anderson, who starred on Fox's "K-Ville" last season, joins the cast as Det. Kevin Bernard.
"He's a former IAB [internal affairs] officer who didn't sign up for that job - they recruited him right out of the academy and told him he could become a homicide detective in two years," Anderson told The Post.
"It's what he really wants to do," Anderson said. "Bernard feels he can really make a difference as a homicide detective."
Bernard is replacing Det. Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin), who's leaving the show. Bernard's first appearance on "L&O" will overlap with Green's final appearance, scheduled to air April 23 on NBC. Bernard will be paired with Det. Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto), who's also new to the "L&O" family.
"He's not a hard-ass," Anderson says of Bernard.
"He's a fair guy trying to find his way in a new station house - and trying to get away from the stench of the 'rat squad' of internal affairs."
Anderson, 37, is no stranger to TV and movie fans. In addition to "K-Ville," he starred on The WB's "All About The Andersons," which was loosely based on his life.
He also gave a riveting performance in a guest-starring role in "The Shield" opposite Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close. Anderson's big-screen resume includes roles in "Scary Movie 3," "Barbershop" and "Kangaroo Jack."
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