You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Thompson likely to run from ‘Law’

Former senator weighing presidential run

Is Fred Thompson running for president?

NBC thinks so.

Asked if the thesp and former Tennessee senator would be back as district attorney Arthur Branch in the next season of “Law & Order,” NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly all but ruled it out.

“It’s highly likely that Fred will not be back with the show,” Reilly said.

Whether or not Thompson ultimately decides to run for the Republican nomination for president, he’s clearing his fall schedule. NBC will be pressing skeins like “Law & Order” to churn out episodes early in the event of a writers guild strike.

Thompson’s plans for his future with the show are seen by many as one of the clearest indicators of his political intentions this fall.

But Thompson’s running for president and appearing in the series could put NBC in a quandary, as far as Federal Election Commission rules for equal time for candidates.

When asked, Reilly said he felt certain it was a quandary the network would not have to face. “Fred is going to be leaving the cast of the show — that’s clear.”

Thompson has said he’ll announce a decision early this summer.

More TV

  • AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT EDITORIAL

    Michelle Guthrie Fired From Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Is Fred Thompson running for president? NBC thinks so. Asked if the thesp and former Tennessee senator would be back as district attorney Arthur Branch in the next season of “Law & Order,” NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly all but ruled it out. “It’s highly likely that Fred will not be back with the show,” […]

  • Courtney Hadwin'America's Got Talent' TV show,

    Has 'America's Got Talent' Standout Courtney Hadwin Already Signed a Record Deal?

    Is Fred Thompson running for president? NBC thinks so. Asked if the thesp and former Tennessee senator would be back as district attorney Arthur Branch in the next season of “Law & Order,” NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly all but ruled it out. “It’s highly likely that Fred will not be back with the show,” […]

  • Anthony Bourdain PArts Unknown Season 12

    Anthony Bourdain Remembered at Final 'Parts Unknown' Screening

    Is Fred Thompson running for president? NBC thinks so. Asked if the thesp and former Tennessee senator would be back as district attorney Arthur Branch in the next season of “Law & Order,” NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly all but ruled it out. “It’s highly likely that Fred will not be back with the show,” […]

  • Coincoin and the Extra Humans

    San Sebastian Debates New TV Landscape

    Is Fred Thompson running for president? NBC thinks so. Asked if the thesp and former Tennessee senator would be back as district attorney Arthur Branch in the next season of “Law & Order,” NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly all but ruled it out. “It’s highly likely that Fred will not be back with the show,” […]

  • Fox Sports NFL Sunday

    Fox Networks Group, Altice USA Rattle Sabers in New York Carriage Fight

    Is Fred Thompson running for president? NBC thinks so. Asked if the thesp and former Tennessee senator would be back as district attorney Arthur Branch in the next season of “Law & Order,” NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly all but ruled it out. “It’s highly likely that Fred will not be back with the show,” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content