11:34am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Law & Order' Star to Reprise Role on 'Chicago Justice'
One of Law & Order's original stars is stepping back into the courtroom.
Richard Brooks, who played ADA Paul Robinette on the long-running drama, is set to reprise his role on Dick Wolf's upcoming NBC series Chicago Justice.
The actor will appear in one episode, "Uncertainty Principle," slated to air sometime this spring.
Starring Philip Winchester (Strike Back), Monica Barbaro (UnREAL), Joelle Carter (Justified), Carl Weathers (Rocky) and Chicago P.D. grad Jon Seda, the legal drama follows the prosecutors and investigators at the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office. Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city’s high-stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system and their unwavering passion for the law.
This is just the latest connection between Wolf's Emmy-winning legal drama and the fourth installment in his Chicago universe. The backdoor pilot for Chicago Justice, which aired last May as a episode of Chicago P.D., featured Lorraine Toussaint reprising her Law & Order role as defense attorney Shambala Green. The veteran actress had previously played the character in seven different episodes over 14 seasons of Law & Order.
Fittingly, former Law & Order writer and producer Michael S. Chernuchin, who wrote for the show during Brooks' tenure, serves as showrunner of Chicago Justice. Although there briefly had been talk about a Law & Order revival in 2015, those discussions cooled off as conversations about a potential legal Chicago series heated up. Chicago Justice, formerly titled Chicago Law, was officially picked up to series last May.
This isn't the first time Brooks has revisited the role of Paul Robinette. After he exited Law & Order in 1993, he returned as the same character in 1996, 2005 and 2006 episodes of the flagship series. The actor's other credits include Being Mary Jane, The Good Wife and Firefly. Brooks is repped by Clear Talent Group.
Chicago Justice is set to premiere Sunday, March 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.