Let the record show: If I ever get murdered on television, Hugh Dancy better be in charge of prosecuting the murderer. According to a new report, Dancy is joining the Law & Order revival as the newest assistant district attorney, and he’s not the only one filling out the new cast.
Anthony Anderson, who appeared on the original Law & Order from 2008 to 2010, will also be joining the cast, reprising his role as Detective Kevin Bernard for the revival’s first season. (According to the report, Anderson’s contract is a one-and-done arrangement.) So far, the only other cast member to be confirmed is Jeffrey Donovan (of Burn Notice fame), who, according to Deadline, is set to play an unnamed NYPD detective.
It has been over a decade since the original Law & Order aired its season finale, but with two spinoffs currently on the air — Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime — I have to wonder why this revival is necessary. Or at least, I did wonder. Now that Dancy has been cast, I must admit, I get it. Do I need another Law & Order show to watch? Absolutely not. But do I want to watch Dancy on TV every week? I absolutely do.
Hugh Dancy as a hot, overworked ADA is definitely a kind of cosmic gift meant to balance out the TV universe after the loss of Hannibal (RIP), and I, for one, am grateful.