11:33am PT by Kate Stanhope
Sam Waterston on 'Law & Order' Revival: Let's "Break the Record"
Dick Wolf will have four scripted series on NBC next season following the network's pickup of spinoff Chicago Med. It's an impressive feat to be sure, but one Wolf himself may top in due time.
Reports surfaced in February that NBC was looking at resurrecting the show – the same way it has with the upcoming Heroes Reborn and Coach – for a limited revival. The show's second longest-running cast member is optimistic it will return.
"I've heard that they will if they can. There are a lot of moving parts," star Sam Waterston tells The Hollywood Reporter. "If they can get it all assembled I understand that the network would be pleased and happy, and I know Dick Wolf would."
The actor joined the procedural in season five and stayed through the show's end. He amassed a Screen Actors Guild award, three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination during his 16-year run. So does that mean Waterston will be back as well? "You're darn right. Sure, I'd love it," says Waterston. "Got to break the record."
The record Waterston is referring to is the record for longest-running primetime scripted drama series. Law & Order was poised to break Gunsmoke's 20-season streak when it was abruptly canceled at the end of season 20 and went off the air in May 2010 with little fanfare.
Heroes Reborn and Coach are just two of the several series revivals on the horizon. Fox greenlit a six-episode revival of The X-Files in March and Netflix will reunite stars of Full House on the new comedy Fuller House.
Waterston next stars on Netflix's Grace and Frankie, which debuts Friday.