Roache gets call to L&O


With Sam Waterson's character, Jack McCoy, promoted to District Attorney for the next season (so Fred Thompson can run for President in real life), Linus Roache will join the ensemble cast of "Law & Order" as a new Assistant DA.

"I've known Linus' work for several years. He is an actor who totally gets inside his roles. I think he and Sam are going to raise the bar and add intellect and passion in the back half of the show," said executive producer Dick Wolf.

Being a native of Manchester, England, Roache hardly has a typical New York accent. But then, Thompson's southern drawl was part of the show for many seasons. Roache starred last season in NBC's "Kidnapped." He will now join the 18th season of L&O, the longest-running crime series and second-longest-running drama series in the history of television. 

"Law & Order" is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Rene Balcer, Fred Berner and Peter Jankowski are the executive producers.