Annie Parisse, who has played Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Borgia on NBC's Law & Order for just over a year, will leave the veteran crime drama at season's end, sources said.
A network spokesman declined comment, saying that "it is the producers' desire to keep the season finale of Law & Order under wraps because of some surprising developments."
Law and Order is one of the most successful shows on TV, spawning the spin-offs Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the short-lived Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
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 ...Read more
Law & Order, the longest running crime series and the second longest-running drama series in the history of American broadcast television, started its 18th season on NBC in the winter of 2008. The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, Law & Order is the most successful brand in the history of primetime television; the winner of the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, it ties Cheers and M*A*S*H for the most consecutive best series nominations (eleven) and the longest-running drama series currently on American television. The series has also turned into one of entertainment's preeminent brands using a distinct ripped from the headlines format, and has spawned the successful spinoffs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crime & Punishment, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: Los Angeles. Filmed entirely in and around New York City, this realistic yet fictional drama looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. Law & Order has been renewed through 2009 and delivers some of the highest ratings on television, ranking fourth for any drama on any network among adults 18-49 for the past four full seasons. Season-to-date, the show remains a top-25 series among adults 18-49, a top-20 series in total viewers and one of the most upscale dramas on television. Law & Order was also television's #5 drama in overall total viewers for the 2003-04 season with an average of 15.9 million viewers. The acclaimed crime drama has chased away more than 20 competing dramas from the Wednesday (10-11 p.m. ET) hour since moving to that time period in 1992-1993. In 2006, after nearly fourteen years of airing at 10:00 PM, the series was moved to 9:00 PM to make room for the new NBC series Heist. After only two weeks, NBC opted to return the show to its 10:00 P.M. timeslot after the show fared poorly at 9:00 P.M.moreless