[Dean Winters To Leave SVU]
[New Wolf Show: Arrest And Trial]
[Etcetera: Crossover Bonding, Harmon Making Trouble On Set?]
LOS ANGELES (UltimateTV.com) - Studios USA has confirmed that there is a cast change afoot for its NBC Monday-night drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (moving to Friday nights as of January 7). Recurring star Dean Winters, who plays Detective Brian Cassidy, is departing the series midway through the season.
Like his L&O:SVU co-star, Christopher Meloni, who plays Detective Elliot Stabler, Winters is also in the cast of HBO's hard-hitting prison drama Oz, which goes back into production on its fourth season in February. But unlike Meloni, whose Oz character, inmate Chris Keller, is considered recurring, Winters' character, inmate Ryan O'Reily, is just too important to too many upcoming Oz plotlines for HBO to allow him to split his time between the two series, even though both are shot in New York City.
Winters' last "L&O:SVU" episode will likely air early in 2000.
This, of course, leaves Cassidy's partner, Detective John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, high and dry. The character was brought over to L&O:SVU from Homicide: Life on the Street, and many feel that there has not been enough Munch in his new series. It looks as if Studios USA has heard this complaint, and plans are underway for more Munch in the future. Also likely to have an increased role is Michelle Hurd, who plays Detective Monique Jeffries.
(reprinted from Variety)
New Wolf show gets Arrest-ed
By Chris Pursell
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Law & Order executive producer Dick Wolf is moving ahead with his next creation, Arrest and Trial, which will launch in syndication next fall.
The Chris-Craft-owned stations in New York (WWOR), Los Angeles (KCOP) and Baltimore (WUTB) have already committed to run the show, which follows criminal cases from the initial police investigation through the final courtroom verdict using footage, re-creations and interviews.
The series was created by Wolf in conjunction with talk show host Maury Povich, and will be distributed by Studios USA. A search is now under way to find a host, said Steve Rosenberg, president of Studios USA Domestic TV.
Buzz from the Law & Order set indicates that one of the show's newcomers is getting a head that's a little too big for her designer suited shoulders. According to setside sources, Angie Harmon's begun copping a grade-school acting attitude, claiming her lines don't seem "organic" enough, and interrupting tapings. It's causing problems on-set, particularly for Sam Waterston, who often plays opposite her and who finds her constant interruptions disruptive to his own acting style. He's pulled her aside more than once to explain the finer points of professional, non-Baywatch acting (Harmon's last big gig was on Baywatch Nights) -- namely that you straight out don't interrupt filming like that -- but she isn't getting the message. And around the L&O set, directors generally prefer to issue only rare explanations of motivation, lest the actors fall prey to self-consciousness. Instead, scenes are discarded if the actors can't nail them -- so if you've been wondering why there's been less Angie on screen lately, here's the scoop: It isn't necessarily the writers' choice.... A recent cross-over of Special Victims' Unit cast to the home turf of Law & Order (soon to air) found a real meeting of the minds, with actors staying up until all hours bonding. Should make for an interesting episode.... In slightly more warm-hearted Angie Harmon news, she isn't having any organic problems with her party-animal ways -- for Halloween, Harmon hired a converted Greyhound tourbus to shuttle herself, friends, and other cast members between several New York City costume parties.
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