or


[12/02/04 - 12:00 AM]
Emmy-Winning Actor Michael Imperioli ('The Sopranos') to Fill in for Jesse L. Martin for Several Episodes of 'Law & Order' While Martin Stars in Film Version of 'Rent'

[via press release from NBC]

EMMY-WINNING ACTOR MICHAEL IMPERIOLI ('THE SOPRANOS') TO FILL IN FOR JESSE L. MARTIN FOR SEVERAL EPISODES OF 'LAW & ORDER' WHILE MARTIN STARS IN FILM VERSION OF 'RENT'

"I'm glad to be on the right side of the law," said Michael Imperioli

BURBANK, Calif. -� December 2, 2004 �- "Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli, the most recent recipient of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, has been signed to fill in for NBC's "Law & Order" star Jesse L. Martin while he stars in the upcoming film version of "Rent," creator and executive producer Dick Wolf announced today.

Imperioli will play the younger detective, nephew and partner of Joe Fontana (Dennis Farina) for the final few episodes of "Law & Order's" 2004-2005 season. The Emmy Award winning Wolf Films/NBC Universal Television Studio series is currently in its 15th season on NBC.

"For the past six years, Jesse has been an 'actor's actor' � an incredible performer, total professional and he is liked by everyone. He had an opportunity to reprise a career-making role that is very important to him, and we wanted to make it work. We look forward to his return to "Law & Order" for season 16," Wolf said.

"I am very grateful to everyone at Wolf Films and NBC Universal Television, especially Dick Wolf and Jeff Zucker, for allowing me this once in a lifetime opportunity," Martin said. "I'm going to miss Dennis (Farina), Epatha (Merkerson) and the rest of the cast and crew, and I can't wait to return next year."

Imperioli added, "Dick and his team tell great New York stories and I am excited to be a part of it....and I'm glad to be on the right side of the law."

Martin is currently in his sixth season as Detective Ed Green on "Law & Order" and was an original cast member of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Rent," creating the role of Tom Collins, which he is slated to play in the film version. He also appeared in recurring roles on the Fox series "Ally McBeal" and "413 Hope Street."

Imperioli is best known to television audiences as the hot-headed Christopher Moltisanti on the Emmy Award winning HBO series "The Sopranos." He won the Emmy last September for his high profile role and has also appeared in numerous films and television series. He stars in the upcoming ABC telefilm "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and he also appeared in a guest-starring role on "Law & Order" in 1996 and Wolf's Fox series "New York Undercover" in 1997.

"Law & Order" is a Wolf Films production in association with NBC Universal Television Studio and airs on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on NBC. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Matthew Penn, Eric Overmyer, Roz Weinman and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

The deal was brokered by Bob McGowan of McGowan Management and Endeavor Talent Agency. Imperioli is repped by UTA and Tina Thor of TMT Entertainment.





  [december 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· ALLY MCBEAL (FOX)
· FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, THE (ABC)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· SOPRANOS, THE (HBO)





[10/29/20 - 02:01 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases Trailer and Poster Art for "My Psychedelic Love Story" from Oscar(R) Winning Director Errol Morris
The film is a psychedelic head trip crossed with a possible CIA conspiracy and wrapped in a fascinating love story told by the late Joanna Harcourt-Smith about her time with Timothy Leary.

[10/29/20 - 12:25 PM]
OWN Announces First-Look Deal with Holly Carter and Releve Entertainment, An All3Media America Company
The first project under the new deal includes an all-star holiday gospel music special, "Our OWN Christmas" set to air on Tuesday, December 1.

[10/29/20 - 12:01 PM]
A&E Network Greenlights New Documentary Special "Biography: TLC" (wt) Celebrating the Iconic and Pioneering Story of the Top Selling American Female Group of All Time
The special will be directed by Matt Kay and will premiere on A&E in 2021.

[10/29/20 - 12:00 PM]
IMDb TV and Amazon Studios Greenlights Judge Judy Sheindlin to Preside Over a New Court Program for a Free Streaming Audience
The Untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin Project will feature no-nonsense, expeditious Judge Sheindlin's signature adjudication style with a new array of cases, litigants and judgments.

[10/29/20 - 12:00 PM]
CBS All Access Renews "No Activity" for a Fourth Season
In a departure from previous seasons, the fourth season will feature all the fan favorite characters in animated form.

[10/29/20 - 11:39 AM]
Acorn TV's "My Life Is Murder" Starring Lucy Lawless to Return in 2021
The 10-episode series moves from Melbourne, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand and is currently in pre-production, starring Lucy Lawless alongside her season one cohort Ebony Vagulans.

[10/29/20 - 11:30 AM]
Nickeloden Announces All-New Midnight Society for Season Two of Beloved Horror Anthology Series, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
In season two (six episodes), this new group of kids tell a terrifying tale about a curse that has been cast over their small seaside town, haunted by an all-new villain named the Shadowman.

[10/29/20 - 11:08 AM]
Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" Returns with a Steamy Season on Sunday, December 6 at 8PM ET/PT
Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Porsha Williams, and Kenya Moore return this season.

[10/29/20 - 11:02 AM]
Awkwafina and Sandra Oh Star in Untitled Sister Comedy for Netflix
In the film, a lonely recluse's life is upended when her train wreck of a sister vows to mend their relationship by helping her fulfill her lifelong dream: to be a contestant on her favorite game show.

[10/29/20 - 10:17 AM]
Lark Voorhies to Make Special Appearance on "Saved by the Bell" Premiering Wednesday, Nov. 25 on Peacock
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez star in the new series, reprising their roles as Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater.

[10/29/20 - 10:00 AM]
CBS All Access Announces Additional Casting for "Why Women Kill" Season Two
They join previously announced cast members Allison Tolman and Nick Frost.

[10/29/20 - 09:30 AM]
The CW Network Sets Premiere Dates for New Season
Highlights include the return of "The Flash" and the premiere of "Superman & Lois" on Tuesday, February 23.

[10/29/20 - 09:30 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Acquires Drama Series "Tell Me Your Secrets," Psychological Thriller Starring Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman, Hamish Linklater and Enrique Murciano
The 10-episode drama, originally shot for TNT, revolves around a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past.

[10/29/20 - 09:19 AM]
The Midseason Premiere of "Tyler Perry's Ruthless" Returns Thursday, November 26 on BET+
The one-hour drama will drop three episodes on its premiere date, with new episodes launching every Thursday on BET+.

[10/29/20 - 09:13 AM]
HBO Documentary "The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," Spotlighting the Legendary Band, Debuts December 12
This film follows the Bee Gee's meteoric rise as they rode the highs of fame and fortune, negotiated the vagaries of the ever-shifting music business and navigated the complexities of working so intimately alongside family.