2007_05_swftlo.jpgNow that Law & Order has been renewed for four more seasons, shakeups to the cast have been expected. And the most notable one is that Fred Thompson, who plays District Attorney Arthur Branch, is leaving the show to pursue a presidential campaign. We hope the writers work that in!

Law & Order producer Dick Wolf said, "I've spoken to Fred today, and although he told me he has not made a firm decision about his political future, he felt that given the creative and scheduling constraints of the upcoming season, he asked to be released from his responsibilities to the show. I will sincerely miss working with him on a regular basis, and I obviously wish him the best of luck with whatever the future holds." Hmm, this sounds more like a brilliant way to leave the Law & Order cast - though having your last episode be the one where you reveal to viewers that you're a lesbian is even better.

As for cast changes, the Hollywood Reporters says that Sam Waterston's Executive ADA Jack McCoy might take over as DA (whoa!) and that the detective played by Milena Govich may not come back. God, we miss Jerry Orbach. Our idea: Make McCoy the DA and bring back Paul Robinette, as played by Richard Brooks, as Executive ADA! Our second choice for EADA: Carey Lowell's Jamie Ross.