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During the 2022 Upfronts, Sam Waterston, who plays the legendary DA Jack McCoy, opened up to TODAY about the ways the world changed while Law & Order was off the air—and the importance of ensuring the subject matter stays relevant to the current generation.
“I think the wonderful thing about the new show is that they are really taking on the world as it is," said Waterston. "You know, it’s not that long ago. It's only 12 years. But the world as it is, isn't as it was when we were shooting before. And we thought that was tough, [but] I think [the Law & Order writers and producers] totally stepped up to the plate. It's a big challenge, because some of the things that are bothering us in the world have a lot to do with the justice system and policing and women's issues and race and they’re not easy to talk about."
Waterston champions the franchise for its ability to adapt and represent a more realistic portrait of society and the current issues facing our justice system. "Law & Order doesn't make it cozy, which I'm just so proud of," he said at the Upfronts.
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