Jeremy Sisto joins "Law & Order"

TV Arts

from the hollywood reporter

By Nellie Andreeva 

Jeremy Sisto is returning to NBC next season with a starring role on
"Law & Order."

Sisto, who played the lead on NBC's "Kidnapped" last season, will play
a detective on "L&O," which is returning in the fall for its 18th

"I've watched Jeremy's career evolve and grow, and I am absolutely
thrilled that he has decided to join 'Law & Order,' " "L&O"
creator/executive producer Dick Wolf said.

Sisto is not a stranger to the veteran crime drama. He guest-starred
on the show's 17th-season finale last month, playing a defense
attorney. He now will play a brand-new character, which is expected to
replace Detective Nina Cassady (Milena Govich). 

Sisto's deal to join "L&O" comes on the heels of Fred Thompson's
announcement Wednesday that he is leaving the series, on which he
played District Attorney Arthur Branch for the past five seasons (HR

Sisto, probably best known for his role on Alan Ball's critically
acclaimed HBO drama "Six Feet Under," co-stars in Adrienne Shelly's
indie romantic comedy "Waitress."

He is repped by ICM and manager Robert Stein.
What with rumors a while back that the flagship series was deemed to
have run its course and was going on the trash heap I have to wonder
if they are going to try to drag it on 3 more years just to knock
"Gunsmoke" off the top of the longest running drama heap? Does it
still get ratings that merit keeping it around?
That is actually Dick Wolf's goal, to surpass Gunsmoke.  The ratings
have justified keeping it around, it's the increasing costs that have
been the problem.

  -- Rob