Who is Mehcad Brooks, Anthony Anderson's replacement on Law And Order?

Ella Kipling September 23, 2022
Who is Mehcad Brooks, Anthony Anderson's replacement on Law And Order?
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Law And Order is back and fans have got a lot to look forward to in the crossover premiere episodes including a new face, Mehcad Brooks.

After it was revealed that Anthony Anderson would not be returning to the show, his replacement was announced as Brooks, who would appear on Law And Order as the new detective, Jalen Shaw.

Brooks’ role on the show has gone down a treat with fans, who have taken to Twitter to share their excitement over the actor’s appearance on the show.

Let’s take a look at Brooks’ character, what fans are saying, and Brooks’ acting career so far…

Mehcad Brooks replaces Anthony Anderson

In June 2022 it was announced that Anthony Anderson had chosen not to renew his contract with the show and would therefore be replaced by Mehcad Brooks.

Brooks made his debut at the Law And Order crossover premiere event on September 22nd, and his character, Detective Jalen Shaw, was revealed.

Shaw is Detective Frank Cosgrove’s new partner, and was an attorney before taking on a detective role.

Speaking about his character with ET Online, Brooks said: ““He’s also an adrenaline junkie turned undercover narcotics officer turned homicide detective, he knows the law inside and out. Also, he can be rough when he needs to, when duty calls.”

Who is Mehcad Brooks?

Brooks is perhaps best known for his work on Supergirl, the DC Comic superhero series on The CW. He played the role of James “The Guardian” Olsen, a friend and mentor to Supergirl.

His first big break in television came in 2005 after securing the role of Matthew Applewhite on Desperate Housewives. This saw him win a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

The actor, from Austin, Texas, has also starred as Jax in Mortal Kombat, Charlie in Nobody’s Fool, and Derek in About Last Night.

This actually is not Brooks’ first stint in a Law And Order TV show as back in 2011 he appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Prince Miller.

What has Mehcad Brooks said about joining Law And Order?

Brooks told ET that this role is “a dream come true in so many ways” as he grew up watching the show.

He first shared the news that he would be starring in Law And Order on Instagram, where he wrote that the show was one he has “always admired for its ability to keep its finger on the pulse of current themes in society while being careful not to preach to the society it’s reflecting.”

At the start of September, Brooks shared the poster for the premiere event on his social media and added a caption which read in part:

“I’m proud of the work we are doing on @nbclawandorder I am proud to be part of such a pivotal moment in television history. And I’m proud to be standing among these legends. Lastly the thousands of ancestors it took to get the grandson of sharecroppers and refugees right here are rejoicing.”

Viewers react to Mehcad Brooks’ Law and Order debut

One fan said: “Loving the addition of Mehcad Brooks. I’ve always enjoyed his acting. Great Job #LawAndOrder.”

Another tweeted: “Loving Mehcad Brooks in this role! I’ve missed him without Supergirl and he’s so perfect for the Law and Order universe! #LawandOrderPremiereEvent.”

“Big up @MehcadBrooks on this Law & Order big season premiere, great seeing the king on screen. Love that he’s now part of the cast!” someone else posted.

One viewer simply tweeted: “This is now a Detective Shaw stan account!! @lawandordertv@MehcadBrooks.”

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Ella is the Head of Content at Freshered and also works a freelance journalist at GRV Media, writing for HITC and Reality Titbit. Her interests lie in news and anything culture related including entertainment, musicals, books, and social media. Ella is also a big supporter of student media and writes for her university’s newspaper as well as hosting her own show on the radio station.