|Longtime "Law & Order" writer-producer Walon Green and Oscar-nominated director Mark Rydell will run the show on the next "Law & Order" series, "Trial by Jury."|
Rydell, a newcomer to the "L&O" family, will oversee production of the show, slated for midseason on NBC, in New York. Green will supervise the writing staff, shuttling between New York and Los Angeles. Creator Dick Wolf has a similar arrangement in place for the other three "Law & Order" shows on NBC.
"Mark is one of the most gifted directors of his generation," Wolf tells The Hollywood Reporter about Rydell. "His extensive theatrical film and television experience and his gift as a top director are essential for the long-term success of the show."
Rydell's directing career stretches back to the 1960s and shows like "Wild, Wild West" and "Gunsmoke." He earned an Academy Award nomination in 1981 for directing "On Golden Pond" and also has two Emmy nominations, for TNT's 2001 movie "James Dean" and the 1996 HBO film "Crime of the Century," to his credit.
Green wrote the pilot for "Trial by Jury," which will follow a court case from arraignment to verdict. He's worked on the original "Law & Order" and Wolf's "Dragnet" update, along with such shows as "ER," "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue," where he shared in the show's Emmy win for best drama series in 1995.