Law & Order Original Series Brings Back Fan-Favorites In First Revival Trailer

By Britta DeVore | 3 months ago

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After an 11 year hiatus, the original Law & Order will be making a return to home screens everywhere. Though the revival announcement came to us back in September, we finally have a sneak peek trailer to see what we can expect from the revamped show. Promising to bring stories from the top headlines in true crime, the first look brought in new and old faces alike. Returning to the cast after over a decade outside of the court room will be Sam Waterson and Anthony Anderson, with newbies Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Hugh Dancy (The Path), and Odelya Halevi (Good Trouble) joining in on the fun.

At the top of the Law & Order teaser, Hugh Dancy, who will play the assistant district attorney, is chatting with Jack McCoy (Waterson) about why McCoy brought him into the fold. Hoping to hire some new energy, it looks like McCoy’s goal was to get someone willing to take risks when he took on the new assistant DA. The trailer also reveals some of the situations we will see the investigative team delving into, including a gruesome case of a man that has been pushed in front of a New York City bus – yikes. It also looks like the series will focus much of its story line on the thin line between freedom of speech and murderous intent. Along with newcomer, Dancy, Halevi’s character looks to be getting a lot of screentime. The trailer focuses on the dynamic lawyer stepping forward and giving rousing courtroom speeches, pushing the jury to follow what is right. And, as always, Law & Order will feature drama aplenty as heads butt between the police and attorney teams as each struggles to work with one another towards the shared goal of bringing criminals to justice. 

Just like the original series, creator, Dick Wolf, will play a hands-on role in the revival. During its record breaking 20-year run on television, Law & Order came to an end in May of 2010. Although Wolf tried his hand at shopping around for another home network, Law & Order was never picked up – until now. The original both took place and was shot in New York City following the NYPD’s investigation and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office prosecution processes behind the crimes. To further draw audiences in with a sense of familiarity, the series ripped many of their storylines from real life headlines across newspapers in the United States. Though this was one of the ways to weave plotlines, the crime’s perpetrator and motivation were often shifted. Along with dynamite writing, the series featured a revolving door of top billed cast members including Steven Hill, Jerry Orbach, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jesse L. Martin, and now returning member, Sam Waterson. 

The original Law & Order was the catalyst for an entertainment-crime juggernaut that would bring about several spinoffs, video games, and adaptations over the years. Law & Order is also a critically celebrated show, raking in awards from honor ceremonies such as the Emmys and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. With the new season quickly approaching, it will stand to be seen if it can keep up with the hype of the original stories brought to us all of those years ago. Catch the full trailer above and watch the reboot when it marches into the courtroom on February 24, 8 p.m. ET on NBC.