* Richard Belzer has made TV history by portraying the same character (!), Detective John Munch, on a tenth TV show.
BELZER CHARACTER MUNCH MAKES TV HISTORY
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Actor RICHARD BELZER has made television history - his character DETECTIVE JOHN MUNCH has now appeared in 10 different shows, following the recent taping of an upcoming episode of THE WIRE.
Munch was created by writer David Simon for Homicide: Life On The Street in 1993, and the wise-cracking cop character has now notched up his 10th TV programme in the fifth season of The Wire, another Simon creation.
Belzer's Munch has also featured in Law & Order, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Simpsons, Arrested Development, The Beat, The X-Files and Sesame Street.
* S. Epatha Merkerson will be appearing on Broadway next year, in a new production of 1950's "Come Back, Little Sheba," by William Inge.
S. Epatha Merkerson Returns To Broadway
NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2007
(AP) S. Epatha Merkerson, a veteran of television's "Law & Order," will return to Broadway this season in a Manhattan Theatre Club revival of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba."
Merkerson will star as Lola, a blowzy, lonely housewife, in the Inge drama that opens Jan. 24 at the Biltmore Theatre, MTC announced Wednesday. Preview performances begin Jan. 3. It will be the play's first Broadway revival. The original 1950 production starred Shirley Booth, who won a Tony for her performance and then an Academy Award for the 1952 movie version.
Merkerson is best known for her 13 seasons as Lt. Anita Van Buren on NBC's "Law & Order." Her Broadway credits include "The Piano Lesson," August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in 1990.
Earlier this summer, Merkerson starred in a California production of "Come Back, Little Sheba," produced by Center Theatre Group at its Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. It was directed by Michael Pressman, who will also direct the Broadway revival.
"Come Back, Little Sheba" was Inge's first Broadway success and was followed by such hits as "Picnic" (1953), "Bus Stop" (1955) and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1957).
Additional casting for "Come Back, Little Sheba" will be announced later.