The new NBC drama series will play March 3 in the 10-11 PM slot prior to its series premiere March 4 at 10 PM — where the show will regularly play Friday evenings. (All times ET. Check your local listings.) In the first episode titled "The Abominable Showman," an aspiring actress is found murdered and all signs point to a pompous Broadway producer. Guest stars include Tony Bill, Candice Bergen, Annabella Sciorra and "L&O" regular Sam Waterston.
"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" is the latest branch of the popular Dick Wolf series. The new show will explore the criminal justice system from the "point-of-view of the prosecutors and police but also from the perspective of the defense attorneys, defendants, judges and jurors," according to materials.
Tony Award winner and fellow stage stalwart Bebe Neuwirth is featured in the cast alongside Amy Carlson ("Third Watch") and Kirk Acevedo ("Band of Brothers"). Orbach reprised his role from the original drama — which he played for 12 seasons — as Lennie Briscoe with co-star Fred Dalton Thompson, reprising his "Law & Order" role as Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch.
The late Broadway veteran actor Orbach had already filmed a number of episodes at the time of his recent death. Orbach will appear in the first two episodes to air, according to NBC. His role on "Trial by Jury" was catered so the veteran actor only worked a two-day weekly schedule.
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