Law & Order season 22: next episode promos and everything we know about the crime drama

Hugh Dancy as ADA Nolan Price, Sam Waterston as D.A. Jack McCoy in Law & Order season 22
Hugh Dancy and Sam Waterston, Law & Order season 22 (Image credit: Peter Kramer/NBC)

Not many shows have the distinct honor of saying they were able to take more than a decade-long hiatus from television and then be welcomed back with open arms by fans. The Dick Wolf classic Law & Order entered this elite class at the top of 2022 when it debuted season 21 on NBC. 

With viewers still intrigued by the likes of Sam Waterston’s Jack McCoy and Cameron Manheim’s Kate Dixon, while entertained by newcomers Jeffrey Donovan, Hugh Dancy and Odelya Halevi, new life was breathed into the original Law & Order franchise. 

Here’s everything we know about Law & Order season 22.  

When is the next episode of Law & Order season 22?

Law & Order fans, the series is back with the final episode of the season. 

The episode titled "Open Wounds" airs on Thursday, May 18, at 8 pm ET/PT on NBC. Here's a synopsis of what's to come: 

"A senator is gunned down at his daughter's wedding; McCoy pushes for a severe sentence and squares up against a formidable DA -- his own daughter; Price aims to stay neutral but can't help but empathize with the defendant over a shared trauma."

Check out the promo video for the episode. 

Law & Order season 22 cast 

As previously mentioned, Sam Waterston is reprising his role as District Attorney Jack McCoy. Waterston is now the most tenured member of the cast. He’s also a well-respected actor in Hollywood having starred in projects like Grace and Frankie as Sol Bergstein, The Newsroom as Charlie Skinner and Serial Mom as the dad. 

Joining Waterston is the other Law & Order veteran, Camryn Manheim. Manheim also has an impressive resume, having been featured as Ellenor in The Practice, Lieutenant Cosgrove in Stumptown and Diane Claypool in Person of Interest. This is a short list of her acting roles, but most certainly not an exhaustive one. 

Rounding out the main cast for season 22 are Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice, Fargo), Hugh Dancy (The Good Fight, Downton Abbey: A New Era) and Odelya Halevi (Good Trouble, Black Adam). 

With the early announcement that Anthony Anderson is not reprising his role as Kevin Bernard in the new season, there was a bit of speculation as to who would be his new partner. Well, according to Deadline, Mehcad Brooks (Mortal Kombat, A Fall from Grace) is that person. He'll be featured as Detective Jalen Shaw. 

Also, Grimm star Claire Coffee will be on hand as an attorney in the new season, according to TV Line. The length of her stint on the show hasn’t yet been revealed, so we can’t say if she’ll be around for a while or in a more limited capacity.  

Jeffrey Donovan as Det. Frank Cosgrove and Mehcad Brooks as Det. Jalen Shaw in the squad room in Law & Order season 22

Jeffrey Donovan and Mehcad Brooks, Law & Order season 22 (Image credit: Ralph Bavaro/NBC)

Law & Order season 22 plot 

At Law & Order’s core, it is a crime procedural series. Weekly episodes are about the new crimes that the detectives try to solve and the suspected criminals the district attorney’s office tries to prosecute. So viewers can expect to see some thought-provoking cases with the occasional unexpected ending. 

Additionally, a lot of attention will be placed on Frank Cosgrove as he attempts to adjust to his new partner. 

Law & Order season 22 trailer 

For the first time ever in "dun dun" history, there was a crossover event between Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime. While fans are used to seeing the SVU and Organized Crime units tag-team on a case, and even SVU work a case with the Law & Order police squad, they aren’t used to seeing all three teams work together. It seems only fitting that the crossover event launched the new season for each series. Take a look at the NBC trailer below.  

How to watch Law & Order season 22 

The new season of Law & Order airs live exclusively on NBC. For those that don’t have traditional cable/satellite television, we have some good news: you still have the opportunity to watch the show live when it airs using live TV streaming services such as FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV

Are you someone that prefers to watch shows in your own time? No problem. New episodes will become available to stream on Peacock the day after they air live, though only if you're a Peacock Premium subscriber.  

We aren’t sure when UK fans will be able to watch the new season as that information has not been announced. However, once a release date is made available, we’ll be sure to share that information.  

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