Jack McCoy is returning to television.
Sam Waterston is set to reprise his role from the original Law & Order series on the upcoming nineteenth season of spin-off Special Victims Unit. He is expected to appear later in the season, but no precise details are available at this time.
Waterston, who currently stars in Netflix’s Grace & Frankie, joined Law & Order in the show’s fourth season. His character Jack McCoy served as the Executive Assistant District Attorney for fourteen seasons, before being appointed District Attorney in the eighteenth season.
Given the abrupt cancellation of Law & Order in 2010, after Wolf had been assured by NBC brass of a renewal, several storylines were left unresolved. The fate of Jack McCoy was never explicitly revealed, but in the thirteenth season of Special Victims Unit, ADA Cutter (Linus Roache) implies that he lost the election and has been replaced by a new DA. It is not immediately clear is the SVU writers will stick with that story when they get round to penning the script.
The resurrection of Jack McCoy comes a couple of years after there was some muted talk of NBC bringing back the original Law & Order for a limited series revival. Several of the cast members, including Sam Waterston and S. Epatha Merkerson, were committed to other projects making scheduling extremely difficult and so NBC brass abandoned the idea. Instead Wolf turned his attention to a new iteration of the franchise: Law & Order True Crime.