Sam Waterston's Law & Order replacement shares set photos ahead of debut

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Sam Waterston’s Law & Order replacement Tony Goldwyn has shared behind-the-scenes photos ahead of his debut on the show.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Waterston would be leaving his role as District Attorney Jack McCoy after more than 400 episodes over 30 years.

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Goldwyn, known for his roles in Scandal and Oppenheimer, will replace the show legend, making his first appearance on the show as District Attorney Nicholas Baxter on March 14.

The actor shared a post on Instagram to mark his introduction to the police procedural drama, with the caption: "Some very large shoes to fill! First episode finished as DA Nicholas Baxter. Thanks to the L&O fam for being so welcoming!"

Goldwyn also shared some behind-the-scenes photos from his first days of filming, including a sweet snap of him with his new co-stars Reid Scott and Mehcad Brooks, who play Detectives Vincent Riley and Jalen Shaw respectively.

Ahead of Waterston’s final episode which airs tonight (February 22), Deadline shared a special message from the actor, who said to the show’s audience: "The time has come for me to move on and take Jack McCoy with me.

"There’s sadness in leaving, but I’m just too curious about what’s next. An actor doesn’t want to let himself get too comfortable. I’m more grateful to you than I can say.

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"L&O’s continuing and amazing long run, along with its astounding come-back, is all thanks to you and [creator and executive producer] Dick Wolf, but for whose vision, patience, perseverance, and unique combination of creative and business talents, none of this would have happened. I feel very blessed."

In a video shared on Instagram by NBC, Brooks paid tribute to the long-serving star, saying: "To Sam Waterston, I would say, I hope I am half the man he is when I grow up.

"He’s a legend, he’s an absolute legend, and we’re going to really miss him and his energy because it’s infectious in the best way possible."

Law & Order airs on Thursdays at 8pm ET on NBC, followed by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at 9pm and Law & Order: Organized Crime at 10pm. The shows air on Sky Witness in the UK, with select episodes available on NOW.

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