Detective Kevin Bernard returned his badge once more. Anthony Anderson, who reprized his character from the original series in the new season 21, will not be returning for season 22.
As Deadline reported in November, Anderson had signed a one-year contract and opted out of the upcoming season, which was picked up by NBC. According to sources, Anderson wanted to support Dick Wolf in relaunching the franchise’s mothership for one season and still planned to move on after that.
original companion Law and order The star, Sam Waterston, had also signed a one-year contract for season 21. It is unclear whether he would return for season 22;. In a promising sign, the veteran appeared on stage during NBCUniversal’s upfront, which showcased the lineup and talent for the upcoming season.
There was no indication in the recent Season 21 finale that Anderson would be dating. In it, Bernard (Anthony Anderson) and his partner Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) investigate the murder of an off-duty police officer.
Anderson, who also just wrapped up his run as ABC star and executive producer blackish, remains in business with NBCUniversal on the previously announced Anthony Anderson and Mom: European Vacation comedy and travel show for E!.
The new slice of Law and order, by Dick Wolf and writer-showrunner Rick Eid, continues the classic bifurcated format and re-examines “The Police Investigating Crime and the District Attorneys Prosecuting Offenders.” Camryn Manheim, Hugh Dancy and Odelya Halevi also star.
Law and order is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. Wolf, Eid, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski serve as executive producers.
Anderson is replaced by UTA, Artists First and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.