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Monday, June 8, 2009

Law & Order Alumni In Summer, Fall TV Series

We have several alumni of the Law & Order franchise who are starring in some new television series this summer, and also in the fall. Here's the list:

Annabelle Sciorra, who played Detective Carolyn Barek on Law & Order Criminal Intent, is in the cast of the Fox series, “Mental.” I’ve watched the first episode, and the show is weak at best. Still, it is great to see Annabelle in a new series, since they really didn’t do a very good job with her character in Law & Order Criminal Intent. Sadly, “Mental” is not very good either (you can read my review of “Mental” here. “Mental” airs Tuesday at 9:00 PM on Fox.

Jesse L. Martin, who was a L&O fan favorite as Detective Ed Green on the “mothership” Law & Order, will be co-starring in a new NBC series called The Philanthropist, where he will play Phillip Maidstone, the business partner and friend to billionaire vigilante philanthropist Teddy Rist (James Purefoy). The series will premier on Wednesday June 24 on NBC.

Benjamin Bratt, the former Detective Reynaldo Curtis from Law & Order, returns for the second season of his A&E show The Cleaner. He plays William "The Cleaner" Banks, former heroin junkie turned "extreme interventionist." The series returns on June 23 at 9:00 PM on A&E.

Next fall, Chris Noth, another alumni of the mothership and of L&O Criminal Intent where he played Detective Mike Logan, will be starring on the series The Good Wife which will be airing on CBS. Chris’s character must resign from political office and he then he ends up in jail for abuse of office charges. The series stars Julianna Margulies (most famous for her long running role in the NBC series ER), whose character, Alicia Florrick, goes back to practicing law. A preview of the show is below. I have to admit, I watched Julianna when she was playing a lawyer in last summer’s flop “Canterbury’s Law” so I am not sure how believable she will be in this other role as a lawyer. From the preview, it looks like more of the same.

With only Law & Order Criminal Intent airing this summer, this gives fans plenty of chances to check out the franchise alumni in these other shows.

Preview - CBS "The Good Wife"

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Shelly said...

Thanks for the updates...

I'll probably give the Philanthropist a try just because Jesse's in it, though from the previews I've seen, it looks like he's more of a supporting character, which is a bummer.

As for The Good Wife, anything with Christine Baranski in it is worth a look, but I have this feeling we'd better look quickly because I don't think it'll be around long... Julianna doesn't seem particularly believable as a lawyer in this either, but I'll watch the premiere just to be sure. I wish Chris were still Logan on CI... lol.... I know, I need to move on.

Btw, have we ever heard why Chris left CI? Was it his choice, or the producer's? He's still my favorite all time character in the franchise...

These Are Their Stories said...

Shelly - all the reports on Chris' leaving the show - at the time - said that he left Criminal Intent his own.