|"In the criminal justice system the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories." |
And how many stories there are.
The latest one is all about cast changes at NBC's Law & Order. The drama, which practically depends on defections and replacements to keep things lively, has hired actress Elisabeth Rohm to replace Angie Harmon in the show's ever-revolving D.A.'s office.
Harmon, who reportedly butted heads with show producer Dick Wolf, announced earlier this month that she wanted to leave the show to pursue a career in films. Wolf agreed to let her out of her contract only if he could find a speedy replacement.
Two weeks later and Rohm is on the case. The actress, who previously worked with Wolf on a TV pilot called The Invisible Man, will join the cast next week in New York, where the Wolf Films and Studios USA production is going into overtime to shoot extra shows before a possible strike by writers and actors this summer.
Wolf said Rohm's assistant district attorney character will be a gifted and ambitious young prosecutor with a Harvard Law Review background and the goal of one day moving beyond the district attorney's office.
"I first worked with Liz three years ago and I have watched her develop into one of the finest young actresses working in television," Wolf said in a statement. "Both [executive producer/head writer] Barry Schindel and I look forward to introducing another new and unique member of the Law & Order family."
During the past two seasons, Rohm has had a recurring role on the WB's Angel. She spent one year on the soap opera One Life to Live before guest spots on the NBC miniseries The 60s and Eureka Street for BBC. She also had a regular gig on the TNT series Bull.
Rohm's first episode will be the show's 12th season premiere next fall.