Jesse L. Martin Fills 'Philanthropist' Bill
Martin left "L&O" toward the end of last season, which was his ninth with the show as Detective Ed Green. He's now in negotiations to star opposite James Purefoy in "The Philanthropist," according to
The show centers on Teddy Rist (Purefoy), a billionaire who uses his wealth to help people in need, often going outside official channels to do so. Martin will play Rist's long-time friend and business partner.
NBC announced earlier this week that production of "The Philanthropist" will be based in London. Production is scheduled to begin in the relatively near future, with filming also taking place in South Africa and the
With the securing of its lead actors and a timetable to start production, the series appears to be on track for its midseason slot; NBC has it scheduled for Monday nights. However, the show's behind-the-scenes turmoil -- "
Because of that, the HR says, the show's original 13-episode order will be trimmed by a few episodes.