"Law & Order" criminals will face a new prosecutor next season.
"I think he and Sam are going to raise the bar and add intellect and passion" to the "order" half of "Law & Order," series creator and executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement Tuesday.
McCoy is taking over from New York D.A. Arthur Branch, who was played by Fred Thompson. A former U.S. senator, Thompson asked to be released from the drama as he weighs a bid for the Republican nomination for president.