Law & Order
has tapped acting vet Dennis Farina
, Get Shorty
) to replace Jerry Orbach
next season. As previously reported, Orbach is transferring to spinoff No. 3, Law & Order: Trial by Jury
, which debuts on NBC at midseason. Although Farina's character is still being fleshed out, exec producer Dick Wolf
tells TV Guide Online that the 60-year-old Crime Story
star will be playing an "Italian cop who's an iconoclast... and a confirmed bachelor." Adds Farina: "He's going to be a little out of the ordinary."