In the Super Bowl commercial hailing the revival of NBC’s Law & Order, Anthony Anderson, 51, strode alongside Sam Waterston into the august foyer of One Hogan Place. Wearing a thick beard and a take-no-(okay, a few)-prisoners gaze, Anderson’s Det. Kevin Bernard looks more than ready to carry out the order responsibilities of the equation. And his shoulder-to-shoulder pose with Manhattan District Attorney Jack McCoy suggests that the detective, who arrived on the scene reluctantly working an internal affairs case, has risen in the ranks of the ripped-from-the-headlines police procedural.
And why not?
From Bernard to Black-ish
Anderson has only grown in stature since NBC’s surprising cancellation of TV godlet Dick Wolf’s flagship show 12 years ago. He has been nominated eight times for Primetime Emmys, as an actor or a producer on Black-ish. And at the same time that Det. Bernard will begin reading Miranda warnings to suspects on the classic show, Anderson’s successful ad exec and L.A. family man Andre “Dre” Johnson will be cracking wise in the eighth and final season of ABC’s groundbreaking comedy (2014-22).
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For his role in the success of Black-ish — and spin-offs Grown-ish and Mixed-ish — Anderson was named 2021’s television producer of the year by the Critics Choice Association. Other producing credits include a food series, an animal series (Animal Nation) and the reboot of the game show To Tell the Truth.