Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Real McCoy Returns to “Law & Order”: Sam Waterston Joins 21st Season of Dick Wolf Show Revival


The real McCoy– Jack McCoy — is coming back to “Law & Order.”

Sam Waterston, who never stops working (thank god) will join the revival of the Dick Wolf mothership show on February 24th. It’s a victory lap for Waterston, who was with the show for 16 seasons first as ADA McCoy and then moved up to District Attorney. (We still miss Steven Hill as his boss and pal.)

waterston has just finished 7 seasons on “Grace and Frankie” with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Martin Sheen. He has all kinds of awards: 1985 Oscar nominee for “The Killing Fields.” One Emmy and seven other nominations. I Golden Globe and 5 other nominations. He has 1 Tony nom and 1 Drama Desk win and 1 Drama Desk nomination. Whew!

So where has McCoy been since he left the DA’s office years ago? I hope the writers have come up with a great backstory for him. Waterston will be joined by Anthony Anderson, who arrived on “L&O” years ago as he was leaving, plus Jeffrey Donovan from “Burn Notice” and Camryn Manheim and Hugh Dancy. Hopefully we’ll see more faces from the show’s past as well.

So welcome back, Jack. Crime in New York is much worse in many ways now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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