Ice-t Is Leaving. For Real., Ice-T will be Replaced by Adam Beach.This all sounds so strange. Not that I'm doubting the veracity of the article, but 1) why would NBC sign an actor to a 6 year deal for a series that only got renewed for 1 season? and 2) why announce that he's replacing Fin when it was Fin that they paired the newbie up with?
Comment: 1) Because SVU
is popular and Law & Order
series can go on for years. 2) It's a passing-of-the torch thing. It's often how shows introduce replacement characters.
And don't forget the flirtation between the Chester and Casey characters. Why add that scene if Beach isn't
going to become a regular and romance her? That's strong evidence that he'll be back.What also is interesting is that this is the only newspaper that's making these statements. Variety, the industry newspaper, only reported on Thursday that Beach was in talks to become a regular, yet this other paper reports that he's signed for 6 years and is replacing a long-time character. Something just doesn't jive. It could be that Variety's falling down on the job, but that would surprise me.
Comment: What can I say? I heard it from a friend who overheard it from Adam himself. Since it didn't seem to be a secret, I reported it.
Since I didn't hear it myself, I can't swear that it's true. (Of course, it might be false even if I had
heard it myself.) If it doesn't turn out to be true, I'll apologize to the thousands of fans I've riled up.
Oh, and this is a blog, not a newspaper. Don't be fooled by the catchy "Newspaper Rock" title.Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the MediaHe probably makes less that 100,000 and episode since there are like 23-24 episodes a season. It's like 85,000 an episode if he is in all of them. Anyway 100,000 an episode for someone with oscar buzz on an established show does not seem like a heck of a lot on money.
Comment: Exactly. But the news appears to be official. Here's the report from Variety:Beach joins 'Law & Order: SVU'Actor to become regular on hit NBC showBeach, who had a guest turn as Brooklyn detective Chester Lake on an episode of the skein that aired Tuesday, is in final talks to become a series regular. He's expected to return later this season.
"SVU" creator Dick Wolf first worked with Beach on "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," the HBO telepic Wolf produced. Beach has the lead role in the project, which is expected to debut in May and is already being considered one of the paybox's key longform Emmy contenders.
Comment: Not that it matters, but I believe I was the first to break the news. At least in the blogosphere, where rumors matter.
Another Beach rumor: Adam is becoming friends with Forest Whitaker and spent New Year's Eve with him.
Writerfella here --
Oh, please. DON'T tell us if Adam Beach and Forrest Whittaker are about to take warm showers together and then fan out over Manhattan to pick out furniture. But if Adam Beach is signing to do OZ II, let us know. 'Cause writerfella would be the first to ask for pictures of same!
Adam Beach is a goodlooking guy, I'll watch him take a warm shower with whoever he wants.
Writerfella here --
writerfella came THAT close to playing Adam Beach's father in SQUANTO: A WARRIOR'S STORY for Disney back in the 1980s. The casting director was Lynn Stalmaster and, though he did not get the part, writerfella at least got Stalmaster's compliment, "Thank you for knowing your lines!" Now, that's gold...
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