Law & Order SVU brings back legendary Sam Waterston

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Photo credit: NBC / Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will be welcoming a familiar face back into the fold this season.

Sam Waterston will be reprising his role as the original Law & Order's curmudgeonly, one-time New York City district attorney Jack McCoy for an upcoming SVU episode, reports Entertainment Weekly.

There's no word yet on how his path will cross with the Special Victims Unit team, but we imagine the writers have something special in mind.

Waterston made his first of more than 360 appearances as Jack McCoy in Law & Order back in 1994, with the show following his rise from assistant district attorney to the city's top prosecutor.

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Photo credit: Jessica Burstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

He previously crossed over with Special Victims Unit three times over the past 23 years, most recently during the original Law & Order's final season back in 2010.

Over the last few years, NBC has mooted the possibility of reviving the classic Law & Order line-up for an event series, but the network ultimately shelved those plans.

"Nothing's happening on that right now," NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said last year. "We did talk about doing a limited Law & Order miniseries, but we're focused on the Chicago world right now.

"You might see another show coming out of that before you see Law & Order [return]."

NBC is instead using the Law & Order brand for a People v OJ Simpson-style docu-drama called Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, which stars Emmy winner Edie Falco.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will return Wednesday, September 27 at 9pm ET on NBC.

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