By Ron Wynn
NASHVILLE, TN —The latest “Law & Order” spinoff, “Law & Order; Organized Crime” will take a new, totally different direction starting March 10 with the introduction of a storyline featuring Black characters. The final eight episodes will spotlight the “Marcy Killers,” featuring a fresh central villain and another prominent cast addition. But it’s main stars remain Chris Meloni, Danielle Moné Truitt And Ainsley Seiger. They are excited about the show’s latest turn, which comes one week after they complete the Richard Wheatley story Thursday.
“Well, for me, it’s a more satisfying way to tell a story because you’re not locked into beginning, middle and end,” Meloni told the Shadow and Act website in turns of the show’s serialized format. “So I think it gives you a little bit of breathing room, behaviorally [and] engagement-wise with other actors and other characters. So it gives you a little more runway.”
Truitt, who portrays Meloni’s superior, also feels the “Marcy Killers” tale brings some added excitement to the show. “‘This last part of our second season is going to focus on the Marcy Killers and it’s going to be so dope,’ she said. “We have Mykelti Williamson on the show as the main villain, we have Ron Cephas Jones from “This is Us.”It is going to be Black excellence. So I’m super excited about this. I know we have our little breaks here and there, but this last leg is going to be fire. The way that our show is done, you’re able to follow the lives of the characters, see them develop as people, get a little deeper into their psyche and what makes them who they are, and the relationships they have with different people. And I also think with our show being the way it is, it helps to also develop the villains’ characters. A lot of times on shows, you don’t get to get into the psyche of the villain. It’s just like, ‘Oh, they did this bad thing,’ but you fall in love with our villains.”
“I think the plus side of it is that you get very accomplished actors, very hungry to sink their teeth into these longer format shows, because they know they’re going to be able to play a whole concert, not just one or two pop songs,” Meloni added. “They’re going to have eight episodes in which to develop their character and engage.”
Seger also talked about ending the Wheatley saga. “What I’m most excited about in the return is wrapping up our story and our journey with Richard Wheatley and his gang…his family, if you will [laughs]…they seem to be one and the same, very Godfather.”
Law & Order: Organized Crime airs Thursdays on WSMV-4 at 9 p.m.