A fan favourite is (temporarily) returning to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Dann Florek, who played Don Cragen across fifteen seasons of SVU (not to mention three seasons of the original Law & Order), is returning to veteran procedural to reprise his role in an upcoming episode of the show’s sixteenth season, TVGuide.com reports.
The respected actor departed the role last season, with his character, who had served as the commanding officer of the Manhattan SVU since the first season, forced to retire off the job due to NYPD rules. The move was a controversial one amongst fans, especially as it came not long after fellow cast member Richard Belzer exited his role as John Munch.
Florek’s Don Cragen will reportedly come out of retirement in order to come to the assistance of his former Detectives after a rape case is re-opened when the victim recants her testimony againt her alleged rapist, who just so happens to be her father.
In addition, Homicide: Life On The Street and Brooklyn Nine-Nine alum Andre Braugher will also guest star in the episode as attorney Bayard Ellis, a role he first played in the show’s thirteenth season. His character takes on the case of the accused rapist after the daughter recants.
NBC has already renewed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for a seventeenth season and the network is understood to be mulling a revival of the original Law & Order in the form of a limited event series which is expected to consist of no more than 10 episodes.