Dylan McDermott to exit 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' for lead role on 'FBI: Most Wanted'

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Change is coming to the "Law & Order" universe.

After solidifying himself as the recurring villain, Richard Wheatley, on NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” Dylan McDermott will be leaping to lead another Dick Wolf crime show, “FBI: Most Wanted,” over at CBS, reported Variety.

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McDermott will be taking over for Julian McMahon, who will be leaving "FBI: Most Wanted" after three seasons. The 60-year-old will be playing a new character altogether, but it is not clear yet what role that will be.

Originally, McDermott – who made his name at the turn of the century playing lawyer Bobby Donnell on ABC’s “The Practice" -- only signed on for one season of "Organized Crime" as the evil nemesis to popular cop, Elliot Stabler, played by noted “zaddy” Christopher Meloni.

McDermott’s suave baddie went over well with "Law & Order: Organized Crime" fans and led NBC to open the coffers a little wider to get the actor back on a recurring basis for a second season.

This latest leap is nothing new for McDermott, as he has performed numerous good and bad guy duties across networks before. First was “The Practice” for seven seasons, wherein he earned his first Emmy nomination. He co-headlined the CBS drama “Stalker" in 2014. Recently he starred in and grabbed another Emmy nomination for “Hollywood” on Netflix and guested on "American Horror Story" for FX. He also appeared in the recent Will Smith film, "King Richard."

McDermott's role on "Organized Crime" is set to wind down as his first appearance on "FBI: Most Wanted" is expected to air in April.

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