Friday, February 2, 2024

Casting News - Sam Waterston Leaving 'Law & Order' After 400 Episodes While Tony Goldwyn Joins Cast; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - February 2, 2024

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  • Sam Waterston will depart the cast of the veteran drama in the episode airing on February 22. He has portrayed District Attorney Jack McCoy in over 400 episodes of the drama - now airing its 23rd season. He joined the cast in the fifth season premiere in September 1994. He remained on the drama until its cancellation at Season 20 in May 2010. He then returned in the role when the drama was revived in February 2022. He received three Emmy Award nominations for his performance in 1997, 1999 and 2000. 
  • On his decision, Waterston shared: "Greetings, you wonderful people. It's a pleasure to talk directly like this to the backbone of Law & Order's absolutely amazing audience. The time has come for me to move on and take Jack McCoy with me. There's sadness in leaving, but I'm just too curious about what's next. An actor doesn't want to let himself get too comfortable. I'm more grateful to you than I can say. L&O's continuing and amazing long run, along with its astounding come-back, is all thanks to you and Dick Wolf, but for whose vision, patience, perseverance, and unique combination of creative and business talents, none of this would have happened. I feel very blessed. I hope to see you all on the flip side. Thank you, Sam."
  • Furthermore, Tony Goldwyn has been tapped to succeed Waterston as the new district attorney. He joins a cast that includes Hugh Dancy, Mehcad Brooks, Reid Scott, Odelya Halevi and Camryn Manheim. He previously recurred on NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent as a different character. He also starred for seven seasons in ABC's Scandal and appeared in the 2023 film Oppenheimer.
  • Catherine O'Hara will guest star on the drama's upcoming second season. She previously starred for six seasons in Pop's Schitt's Creek, winning an Emmy Award in 2020 for her lead performance. She can currently be seen in the feature film Argylle, which was released in theaters this weekend.
  • No details were immediately announced about the character she will be playing. 
  • Nnamdi Asomugha has joined the cast of the upcoming limited series starring Jessica Chastain. He previously starred in the films Crown Heights, Sylvie's Love and The Good Nurse.
  • He will play the husband of Chastain's character.
  • Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Stephanie Beatriz, Lilah Richcreek Estrada, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sally Struthers, Eugene Cordero, Margaret Avery, John Getz, Susan Ruttan, Lori Tan Chinn, Clyde Kusatsu, Marc Evan Jackson and Jama Williamson will co-star on the upcoming comedy starring Ted Danson (previously untitled). 
  • Ellis (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Licorice Pizza) will play Emily, a married mother of three boys who has to adjust when her father Charles (Danson) makes a surprising late-life career move and becomes an undercover detective.
  • Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Twisted Metal) will play Didi, the all-seeing, all-knowing managing director of the Pacific View Retirement Residence in San Francisco.
  • Estrada (Chicago Med, Four Dads) will play Julie, a San Francisco-based private investigator. She hires Charles to be her mole and pretends to be his daughter to maintain the ruse at the retirement home.
  • Henderson (Fences, Dune) will play Calbert, a transplant from Washington, D.C. He is the stoic eyes and ears of the Pacific View community.
  • Struthers (All in the Family, Gilmore Girls) will play Virginia, the vivacious life of the party. She immediately takes a shine to Charles. 
  • Cordero (Loki, The Good Place) will play Joel, Emily's husband, a supportive and exceedingly competent 10th grade science teacher.
  • Avery (The Color Purple, Being Mary Jane) will play Florence, Virginia's sweet best friend. She loves poetry and the Golden State Warriors in equal measure. 
  • Getz (Timeless, Bosch) will play Elliott, Pacific View's resident lothario. He immediately feels threatened by all the attention Charles gets when he moves in.
  • Ruttan (L.A. Law, Mom) will play Gladys, a glamorous former costume designer from New York. She lives next door to Charles at Pacific View.
  • Chinn (Orange Is the New Black, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens) will play Susan, the President of the Pacific View resident council, which she rules with an iron fist.
  • Kusatsu (Young Rock, Never Have I Ever) will play Grant, a Princeton grad at Pacific View, who is deeply concerned with you knowing he is a Princeton grad.
  • Jackson (The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will play Evan, the client who hires Julie to investigate the theft of his mother's necklace.
  • Williamson (School of Rock, Single Parents) will play Beatrice, the Pacific View Activities Director. She has never had a bad day in her life.
  • Myles Bullock has been cast on the upcoming limited series starring Kevin Hart, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. He previously recurred on Hulu's Runaways and Starz's BMF.
  • No details were immediately announced about the character he will be playing.