S. Epatha Merkerson
Law & Order alum S. Epatha Merkerson has joined CBS' untitled medical drama pilot from Susannah Grant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project follows a competitive surgeon (Patrick Wilson), whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) dies and begins teaching him about life from the hereafter. Merkerson will play Wilson's administrative assistant.
Law & Order: Los Angeles
After spending the summer playing Nelson Mandela for the upcoming film Winnie, Terrence Howard just couldn't let go of the South African president-activist so easily. So he found a way to bring Mandela to his newest role, Deputy District Attorney Jonah "Joe" Dekker on Law & Order: Los Angeles.
"The most important part of him was his legal appetite and his appetite for moral rightness. When we finished the movie, I wasn't finished being a lawyer," Howard told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.
Law & Order: Los Angeles' Terrence Howard says character is show's "moral compass"
Added executive producer Rene Balcer: "He did the read-through in Nelson Mandela's voice. That was quite an experience to hear...
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Law & Order, S. Epatha Merkerson
After 16 years, S. Epatha Merkerson is leaving Law & Order at the end of this season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
"It's a graceful way to go. It's the...
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S. Epatha Merkerson will return to Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club revival of the William Inge drama Come Back, Little Sheba, previewing Jan. 3, 2008, and then opening Jan. 24. Per the AP, Merkerson will star as lonely housewife Lola, a role that in the original 1950 production garnered Shirley Booth a Tony (and then an Oscar, for the film adaptation).
Question: I just read an interview with S. Epatha Merkerson in which she was asked about being the senior cast member of Law & Order. Has Sam Waterston been removed? It's bad enough to lose Fred Thompson, but if Sam Waterston goes, I will no longer watch, in spite of the other good cast members. He is the show!
Answer: I don't think she was talking about age. She was referring to the fact that she has the most longevity of any remaining cast regular. She joined L&O a season before Sam Waterston, although I agree it's almost hard (repeats aside) to remember a time when either one wasn't on it. For the record, Waterston is staying on the job, but he's taking over Thompson's DA position. There's more casting to be announced, clearly, but they have time, since the show isn't scheduled to return until after football season is over in January ...
S. Epatha Merkerson
On Monday at 9 pm/ET, S. Epatha Merkerson costars with Jennie Garth and Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer on Desperate Housewives) in the Lifetime drama Girl, Positive, about a high-school honor student who contracts HIV. We spoke with the Emmy-winning actress about the TV-movie gig, big changes at Law & Order and her secretive stint on The Closer.
TV Guide: What do you hope viewers will come away with after watching Girl, Positive? S. Epatha Merkerson: Most importantly, the fact that AIDS and HIV are still a part of our lives and young people need to be aware of
S. Epatha Merkerson by Virginia Sherwood/NBC Photo
There certainly seems to be a "No Shrinking Violets" sign posted outside the TNT studios. During a conference call to tout the June 18 return of The Closer, series star Kyra Sedgwick herself a Golden Globe winner told TVGuide.com that in addition to meeting Brenda's father (a role as yet uncast), a doctor for the deputy chief will enter the mix, played by Law & Order vet S. Epatha Merkerson, who grabbed an Emmy for her turn in Lackawanna Blues. "She'll be around for a few episodes," Sedgwick told us. "So that's been really exciting."Having screened the new season's first episode, it's not revealing too much to say that when we revisit Brenda Leigh's world, she is under the gun to streamline her squad by at least one detective. But as for whether that has resulted in any cast changes among the PhDers, she said, "No, not yet."Which returning summer series do you most anxiously await? Vote here (bottom right).
Currently in the pipeline here and there:ABC: Per Variety, the network is fast-tracking The Great American Dream Vote, an unscripted series in which a group of people share their dreams with a studio audience, and then square off in head-to-head competitions. At the end of each show, viewers vote for which person deserves to have their wish realized.HBO: Kanye West will star in a reality series directed by Borat's Larry Charles, which focuses on a day in the singer's hectic life. Also, Ruben Santiago-Hudson is penning a drama series based on his autobiographical play and film Lackawanna Blues. Per Reuters, Law & Order's S. Epatha Merkerson has not been approached to reprise her role as Nanny.Sci Fi Channel: A green light has been given to Destination Truth, a six-episode, globe-trotting adventure series out to prove or debunk supernatural legends.Disney Channel: A second season of Handy Manny has been ordered. The cabler is also seeking viewer input on High School Musical 2, via...
S. Epatha Merkerson, Law & Order
S. Epatha Merkerson likely gave fans of NBC's Law & Order (Wednesdays at 10pm/ET) a jolt with her downright giddy acceptance speech at this year's Golden Globes. Far from the levelheaded sobriety of her TV alter ego, Lt. Anita Van Buren, Merkerson let it all hang out. "I feel like I'm 16!" gushed the 53-year-old stage and screen veteran as she accepted the best-actress award for her role in HBO's Lackawanna Blues TV-movie. "And if I wasn't in the middle of a hot flash, I'd believe that."
Merkerson's been feeling a lot of warmth lately. She's not only the longest-running cast member on Law & Order but the "longest-running African-American woman on a television drama." That makes her,