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Law & Order Season 22 Will Not See The Return Of Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson from Law & Order
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Detective Kevin Barnard, played by Anthony Anderson, has again turned in his badge and won’t star in Law & Order season 22.

Anthony Anderson originally reprised his character, Detective Kevin Bernard from the original run of Law & Order in season 21, but will not return in season 22. It was reported back in November 2021 that Anderson had signed up for a one-year deal. In fact, sources said he wanted to support Dick Wolf in the NBC relaunch of the show for just one season. However, he had always planned to move on after series 21 after NBC picked up the show.

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On May 10, the NBC shows Law & Order and its spinoff Law & Order: Organized Crime, were recently renewed for new seasons. Meanwhile, the show originally premiered on NBC in 1990, running for 20 seasons until it was canceled. However, NBC announced the show’s revival in September 2021. Moreover, season 21 premiered in February.

While Anthony Anderson had only signed a one-year deal to only star in season 21 of Law & Order, it turns out another actor only signed for one year. In fact, fellow original Law & Order actor, Sam Waterston also only signed a one-year deal for season 21. Meanwhile, it is currently unknown if he will return for season 22. However, there is one promising sign after Waterston appeared on stage for the NBCUniversal upfront. The event was held to showcase talent and programming for the upcoming new season.

However, the season 21 finale didn’t give any indication that was leaving. In fact, the episode showed Bernard (Anderson) and his partner Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) working together on the murder of an off-duty police officer.

Law & Order Season 22 Will Not See The Return Of Anthony Anderson

What is Anthony Anderson doing now?

Meanwhile, Anderson has also wrapped his run as a star and executive producer on Black-ish on ABC. However, he is still busy with NBCUniversal on the Anthony Anderson and Mom: European Vacation comedy and travel show on E!

As noted by Variety, despite Anderson’s leaving, the new season of Law & Order will continue in its classic bifurcated format. Once again, the show examines, “The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.” Meanwhile, Hugh Dancy, Camryn Manheim and Odelya Halevi will return.

Variety quotes critic Daniel D’Addario in his review of the show’s revival. In fact, the critic praised the series, writing that the show’s “new look comes in on the margins, in a procedural that seems at the very least concerned with framing its subjects with something other than reflexive sympathy for law enforcement, and for the prosecution.”

Readers, are you looking forward to season 22 of Law & Order, even without Anthony Anderson? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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