James Naughton

  1. Michael Moriarty, Law & Order, TV, 1990-2006.   On the Lawside of the 1988 pilot, NBC wanted Naughton as Assistant DA Ben Stone. Producer Dick Wolf, however, voted Moriarty – and although Wolf was not yet an icon, nor his series the longest running drama on US TV, the network caved.  
  2. Christopher Meloni, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, TV, 1999-2013.    Naughton was back in the L&Oframe.  However… “There’s no doubt who we should choose – Hargitay and Meloni,” said producer Dick Wolf. They’d always been his favourites – “perfect chemistry!” – of the final group of three girls and fourguys. Christopher scored  273 episodes and Mariska hit a record 479 episodes by 2020  as Detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson – named after  Wolf’s children.  Meloni returned  to the Wolf fold in the 202l spinoff, Law & Order: Organized Crime.


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