EXCLUSIVE: In his return to broadcast television, Dylan McDermott crafted a compelling villain in Richard Wheatley on NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime. Fans loved to hate him, and now they will get more of him.
McDermott has closed a deal to reprise his role in a major recurring arc in the upcoming second season of Dick Wolf’s crime drama headlined by Law & Order: SVU alum Chris Meloni.
McDermott originally signed on as a series regular with a one-year deal to play Stabler’s (Meloni) Season 1 nemesis. His character was so well received by fans that NBC and Wolf approached The Practice alum about coming back. After negotiations, I hear McDermott has committed to return for eight episodes of Season 2 in what is believed to be one of the most lucrative guest star deals on network television.
McDermott’s Richard Wheatley is a businessman with close ties to the Mafia. In the season 1 finale, Wheatley is last seen being taken into custody to await trial for the murder of Stabler’s wife Kathy.
Recently seen in Netflix’s Hollywood and on American Horror Story, McDermott is in the upcoming King Richard movie. He is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment.