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Mehcad Brooks on His 'Law & Order' Debut and Why His Character Is a 'Calm Wolf' (Exclusive)

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crossover event, uniting all three NBC series, Mehcad Brooks will make his debut as Det. Jalen Shaw. The 41-year-old actor, who previously appeared on a 2011 episode of, is ’s newest addition, replacing Anthony Anderson, who left the revival after one season. “It’s a dream come true in so many ways,” Brooks tells ET’s Rachel Smith about joining the franchise full time. “I grew up watching the show, so it’s surreal in some ways.” Joining the homicide unit led by Lt.

Kate Dixon (Camryn Manheim), Shaw is Det. Frank Cosgrove’s (Jeffrey Donovan) new partner following the departure of Det. Kevin Bernard (Anderson).

According to Brooks, before carrying a badge and gun, his character was an attorney. “He’s also an adrenaline junkie turned undercover narcotics officer turned homicide detective,” the actor says. “He knows the law inside and out.

Also, he can be rough when he needs to, when duty calls.” Not only that, but based on the etymology of his name, with Jalen meaning calm and Shaw a reference to Welsh football, Brooks describes his character as a “calm wolf.” “He’s a wolf that hunts for peace and when people get in the way of that, you see the wolf.

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