'Law & Order' Season 21: Where are the stars of original series now?

'Law & Order' Season 21: Where are the stars of original series now?
Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy), Tom Everett Scott (Governor Donald Shalvoy) and Angie Harmon (Abbie Carmichael) in 'Law & Order' (NBC)

In 2010, NBC stunned everyone by announcing the cancellation of the original ‘Law & Orderr’ series. The network canceled the show due to a steep decline in ratings, but fans never wanted something like this to happen. Even when the network started reruns of the show, fans would tune in to watch the show.

After a gap of 12 long years, the show is finally returning to NBC and fans are beyond excited to see the original team on the screens once again. With the renewal of the original series, everyone wanted to know if the original cast will be coming back to reprise their iconic roles or not.



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So, let’s take a look at all the actors who are returning and where the original cast of ‘Law & Order’ is right now.


Sam Waterston

The legendary actor began acting in the late 1960s and has acted in numerous award-worthy roles. Waterson made his first appearance on ‘Law & Order’ in Season 5 and played the role of Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy. He played the role till Season 17 and from Seasons 18-20, he played the District Attorney.


Sam Waterston attends Oceana's 14th Annual SeaChange Summer Party hosted by Ted Danson on October 23, 2021 in Laguna Beach, California. (Getty Images)


Apart from being a part of ‘Law & Order’ world, Waterston is known for his work in projects such as ‘Hamlet’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Nixon’, ‘Lincoln’, ‘The Newsroom’ and ‘Grace and Frankie’. He was nominated in the Best Actor category at the Academy Awards for ‘The Killing Fields’. Other than that, he has been nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys, 7 Golden Globes, and 10 Screen Actors Guild awards.

Waterston returns as DA Jack McCoy in Season 21 of ‘Law & Order’.


Anthony Anderson

Anderson might have made a late entry to the franchise, but his character instantly became a fan favorite. In Season 18, the ‘Black-ish’ star made his debut on the show as a Junior Detective Kevin Bernard who’s working with the NYPD. In Season 21, he will be returning to the show as the same character.

Apart from ‘Law & Order’, Anderson made waves with his role in the comedy series ‘Black-ish’, for which he was nominated for 10 Primetime Emmys, 4 Screen Actors Guild awards, and 2 Golden Globes. 


Anthony Anderson attends NBC's "Law & Order" Press Junket at Studio 525 on February 16, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)


Angie Harmon

Harmon first appeared on ‘Law & Order’ in Season 9 and went on to play the role of Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael on the show. She appeared on the show from Season 9 to Season 11. Harmon’s character instantly became a fan favorite and she became a regular on the show. The actress received a lot of success for her role on the show and was nominated for 4 Screen Actors Guild awards.

However, she left the show after Season 11 to concentrate on her movie career. The actress was last seen voicing the character of Lady Trigel in the animated series 'Voltron: Legendary Defender’.


Actress Angie Harmon attends the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


As of now, there is no confirmation if Harmon will be making an appearance on the show or not.


Carolyn McCormick

McCormick began her acting career in 1985 and her first major acting role came in 1988 with ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. Meanwhile, in 1991, she made her first appearance on ‘Law & Order’ and played the role of Dr. Elizabeth Olivet. She was a regular cast member in Seasons 3 and 4. On the other hand, she had a recurring role in Seasons 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 18. For Seasons 19 and 20, she appeared as a guest star.

McCormick was last seen as Agnes in the 2021 movie ‘The Last Thing Mary Saw’.
The actress won’t be returning to ‘Law & Order’. 


Carolyn McCormick attends the 'Mapplethorpe' premiere during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)


Chris Noth

Before taking the world by storm in ‘Sex and the City’, Noth showed his excellent acting skills in the original ‘Law & Order’ series. He was one of the few actors that appeared on the first season of the show and went on to play the character of Junior Detective Mike Logan for the first 5 seasons.

The actor was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild awards for his role. Since then, Noth has been seen in several high-end ventures such as ‘Cast Away’, ‘Tooth Fairy’, ‘The Perfect Man’, ‘Crossing Jordan’, ‘Doctor Who’, and The Equalizer’.


Actor Chris Noth attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

However, everything that’s been happening in his life with the sex assault allegations, it won’t be a wise idea to bring him back on a show that deals with “law” and “order”.


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