Law & Order: Mercy College Unit

Say what you will about Dick Wolf, the man is clearly a force of nature that even the Writer’s Guild of America can’t contend with. Somehow, in the midst of an industry-wide blackout, he’s managing to continue filming “Law & Order.”

This much we learned from an email press release about the NBC mainstay heading up to Mercy College in Dobbs Ferryon January 11 to shoot four scenes for an upcoming episode. According to the email,  “The scenes will appear in an episode entitled ‘Executioner,’ which is scheduled to air on March 12 and will feature actors Alana DelaGarza, Jesse L. Martin, Linus Roache, and Jeremy Sisto. In addition to the cast, a crew of roughly 70 worked in Verrazzano Hall, where President Feroe’s office and an adjoining office were transformed into the offices of a Westchester medical doctor and a South Carolina state prison warden.”

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In case you’re wondering who the heck that is in the photo above, it’s Mercy College President Louise H. Feroe in the middle, flanked by Law & Order actors Alana DelaGarza (left) and Linus Roache (right).

Aidan Quinn’s “Book of Daniel” Afterlife

woundedknee04_th-1.jpgDick Wolf has long been the patron saint of unemployed actors and veterans looking for a steady “Law and Order” paycheck. And HBO has emerged in recent years as one of the few safe havens for creative talent, a network that will actually give risky, edgy shows more than three episodes to prove themselves. Put the two of them together and you’ve got a work environment sure to make actors weak in the knees. Or, to borrow part of the title of the new Wolf HBO project, “Wounded Knee.”

It should come as no surprise that Sneden’s Landing’s Aidan Quinn wanted in on the Wolf project, especially after getting burned by NBC’s quickly canceled Jesus-meets-pill-popping-priest dramedy “The Book of Daniel” (Hmm, perhaps that one should’ve been shopped to HBO, too). The story is an adaptation of a 1970s book, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” about the mistreatment of Native Americans during the latter half of the 19th century. The project took five years to come to fruition and also stars Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, and former Republican senator Fred Thompson. It’s scheduled to appear on HBO this May.

“Dick Wolf Makes Time for ‘Wounded Knee'” [Washington Post]

(“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” photo: Annabel Reye/HBO)