When a show has been on for as long as Law & Order has, turnover is not only expected, it's guaranteed. Today, word broke that another actor has decided to leave the long-running show, but this time it isn't a simple journeyman using Law & Order as a springboard--it's an actor who has been on the show for nearly a decade.
Jesse L. Martin, who plays Detective Ed Green, is leaving the show after nine years, says The Hollywood Reporter. Martin will reportedly film one more episode of the show and see his character written off, before pursuing other projects--including playing Marvin Gaye in the upcoming feature biopic of the legendary singer.
With Martin out, Law & Order producers are said to be "in final negotiations" with K-Ville's Anthony Anderson to fill the void. Anderson's proposed character would be partnered up with Jeremy Sisto's Detective Cyrus Lupo, who joined the series this year.
The potential casting of the talented Anderson, while good for Law & Order, does not bode well for K-Ville. In fact, it pretty much guarantees that the post-Katrina New Orleans-based cop drama won't be back for a second season. Fox has yet to officially cancel the show.
Law & Order is in its 18th season and airs on Wednesday nights on NBC, with the last of its prestrike-produced episodes airing next week. The drama will return with new episodes April 23. For more on the program, check out TV.com's previous coverage.