Detroit actress finally gets the spotlight on tonight’s Law &Order

Last Friday when I was visiting relatives out of state, I spent a little down time in my hotel room and ended up getting sucked into a Law & Order marathon on TNT. I don’t watch the show on a regular basis, but have enjoyed reruns over the years, and enjoy the show and like to support Wayne State-grad S. Epatha Merkerson, who plays the role of Lieutenant Anita Van Buren.


After watching 2 or 3 episodes, though, I began to wonder why Mrs. Merkerson’s role has always been so small on the show. She was wonderful in the recent HBO movie, “Lackawanna Blues”, in which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, and is great at portraying the no-frills lieutenant on L&O. Coincidentally, it just so happens that Mrs. Merkerson will be prominently featured in this evening’s Law & Order episode, which starts in just a few minutes on NBC.

You can see one of Wayne State’s – and Cooley High’s – finest in action tonight, when S. Epatha Merkerson finally gets the exposure she deserves.

2 Comments so far

  1. mizjellybean (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 8:26 am

    I saw that episode. It was pretty good. I really liked how she was losing her composure once she found out she knew the victim. On Criminal Intent (which I do not particular care for) they give even less time to Courtney Vance who is also a Detroit native.

  2. WanderingMonkey (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 9:32 am

    she’s one of my favorites on Law and Order.

    Ironically she played the mother of a murder victim very early on in the series.

    Last night’s episode had potential, but I felt a little let down with the antagonist.too predictable..

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