After nine seasons, Jesse L. Martin is leaving “Law & Order” and is expected to be replaced by “K-Ville” star Anthony Anderson.
Martin’s departure has been buzzed about for months. He’s expected to lens one more episode of Dick Wolf’s NBC drama, with Anderson joining later this season.
For Anderson, the “L&O” role would rep his latest gig on a cop show. He played a New Orleans detective on Fox’s “K-Ville” and made the jump from comedy to serious drama on FX’s “The Shield.”
Fox has never officially admitted that it and “K-Ville” are splitsville, but Anderson’s casting would seem to be the final nail in the coffin for the highly touted 2007 drama.
On the feature side, Anderson’s credits include “Transformers,” “Hustle & Flow” and “Kangaroo Jack.” He toplined his own WB laffer, “All About the Andersons,” in 2003.
As for Martin, thesp has played Det. Ed Green since 1999. He shot to fame in the original Broadway production of “Rent,” reprising his role for the movie version.