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LAW & ORDER’s Rick Eid: Mehcad Brooks’ Detective Shaw ‘Brings a Different Perspective to Law Enforcement’

August 26, 2022 by  

LAW and ORDER Detective Jalen Shaw

LAW & ORDER: PREMIERE — “Gimme Shelter” — Pictured: (l-r) Jeffrey Donovan as Detective Frank Cosgrove, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson, Mehcad Brooks as Detective Jalen Shaw — (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

There’s a new detective on the case when LAW & ORDER returns for its 22nd season on Thursday, September 22.

But when viewers meet Mehcad Brooks‘ Detective Jalen Shaw—who is replacing Anthony Anderson’s Detective Bernard on the squad, and will make his debut in the massive LAW & ORDER franchise crossover—they’ll learn his character technically has a tie to both of the show’s worlds.

“He’s a former lawyer,” LAW & ORDER showrunner Rick Eid tells Give Me My Remote. “And he is a former narcotics detective, who is new to homicide…he probably went to NYU [for] law school, got a job at a law firm in the city. And after a year or two of being disillusioned, he was like, ‘I want to do something that excites me.’ [So then] he went to the police academy.”

And while Shaw doesn’t have any history with any of the L&O characters from his time practicing law, his history will impact how he approaches his new job—and his newfound partnership with Detective Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan).

“He brings a different perspective to law enforcement, and certainly to being a police officer, a detective,” Eid previews. “And he’s got a modern point of view on a lot of things. So I think he’s an interesting partner for Cosgrove, as well. He’s younger, different point of view, sees the world a little differently; different upbringing.”

“[His past as a lawyer] more informs the way he thinks—he’s a really smart, intellectual guy,” he continues. “So he comes at things a little from a more cerebral perspective; Cosgrove’s a little more sort of visceral and instinctive and I think Shaw’s a little more cerebral…But they have a common objective: they’re both dedicated to finding that [bad] guy.”

LAW & ORDER, Season Premiere, Thursday, September 22, NBC


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