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Jesse L. Martin Turns In His Law & Order Badge

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, NBC, News,

Jesse L. MartinAfter 18 years on air, NBC’s franchise has grown accustom to casting changes.  Now it appears the flagship series - and the viewers - will have to adjust to one more by season’s end.

, who plays Detective Ed Green, will reportedly be saying goodbye to the Dick Wolf family soon.  The actor was originally paired with the great Jerry Orbach when he joined the cast back in 1999.  In his nine seasons on the show, he has also been assigned to Dennis Farina and recent addition Jeremy Sisto.  (I wonder if Sisto should feel slighted by his new partner’s early exit.)

, who most recently honed his officer chops on the already-forgotten K-Ville, is in line to fill Martin’s shoes.  Although it’s not clear how Det. Green will vacate his position (Will he be killed?  Will he also go into the Witness Protection Program?), his departure will happen before the season’s finale.  That’s around the same time Anderson is expected to make his entrance.

Martin is next scheduled to portray singer Marvin Gaye in Sexual Healing.  That film is currently in pre-production.

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This Week on TV (12/31-1/6)

Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest

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MONDAY (12/31)
  • Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008 (ABC, 10pm):  and will co-host the event.  Is old enough to be associated with a drinking holiday?
  • New Year’s Eve Live (FOX, 11pm):  Idol alums and will perform.  In just a few short weeks, we’ll start caring about a new batch of .
  • Tila Tequila’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade (MTV, 11pm):  NYC masked ball will include Kid Rock and Mary J. Blige.  Has it already been a year since we were forced to watch and kiss?
  • NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (NBC, 11:35pm):  Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz will be performing.  This may be the first time in a while someone has stayed awake to watch show.

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