'Law & Order' Spin-Off to Tackle Orbach's Death

"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (search) will tackle the death of co-star Jerry Orbach (search), most likely in the show's fourth episode.

"We're actually handling Jerry's death, and his character's death, very much the way Jerry handled his own [impending] death," series executive pro ducer Walon Green said Tuesday.

"Both Jerry and Briscoe were people who kept on the job and worked until the final hour — and that's really the way the character goes out in the show.

"We'll refer to the fact that Briscoe dies in a a memorial ceremony [for Briscoe]."

Orbach, who starred as Det. Lennie Briscoe for 13 seasons on "Law & Order" before moving to "Trial by Jury," died Dec. 28 at the age of 69 after a long battle with prostate cancer.

He had completed three episodes of "Trial by Jury" at the time of his death.

Green said Briscoe's death will most likely come up in the fourth episode of "Trial by Jury," which premieres March 3 on NBC (10 p.m. EST) before moving to Fridays at 10 beginning March 4.

"It's handled in a very respectful and graceful way," said series co-star Bebe Neuwirth (search), who's playing assistant DA Tracey Kibre.

"There's nothing exploitive about it."

"Trial by Jury," the fourth in the "L&O" franchise, also co-stars Fred Dalton Thompson, Kirk Acevedo and Amy Carlson.