'Law & Order' Back in Old Home
NBC also finds spot for 'Criminal Intent'
The network says the long-running show, which is about to begin its 18th season, will premiere at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jan. 2 with a two-hour episode before settling back into its long-time 10 p.m. home the following week.
It will be joined on Jan. 9 by "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." It will move into the spot currently occupied by "Bionic Woman," which has already aired its last episode completed before the writers' strike. ("Life," which currently airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays, finishes its string this week.) "Criminal Intent" moved to USA for original episodes this season, but NBC retained the right to rebroadcast the episodes on its airwaves.
The original "Law & Order" will welcome two new cast members, both of whom starred in "Kidnapped" last season. Jeremy Sisto will play Detective Cyrus Lupo, Ed Green's (Jesse L. Martin) new partner, and Linus Roache will play Michael Cutter, the new chief assistant district attorney paired with Alana De La Garza's Connie Rubirosa. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), meanwhile, has moved up to the post of Manhattan's district attorney.
Behind the scenes, long-time executive producer Rene Balcer is returning as showrunner.
"The last time Rene Balcer was showrunner of 'Law & Order' we won the Emmy for outstanding drama series. I am thrilled he is back," "L&O" creator Dick Wolf says. "Jeremy and Linus bring a new energy to the cast, and we hope the return to our long-time timeslot of Wednesday at 10 will bring renewed success to the show."
"Law & Order" was initially scheduled to air on Sundays following the end of NBC's NFL coverage. The network hasn't finalized its midseason Sunday-night plans yet.