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'Law & Order: UK' U.S. Season 3 / U.K. Series 6 News
As a follow up to yesterdays "Survivor's Guilt" post, I have a bit more information to share with you all. After watching the BBC America promo, several people were wondering about a specific bit of the conversation between Ronnie and Natalie. I can now answer that question.

Meet new copper and Ronnie's soon-to-be new partner, Paul Nicholls, or, as you heard in the promo clip, Sam Casey.

And he seems to have some prior experience playing a cop.

But you may have more recently seen him in 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl'.

Jamie and Paul have at least one thing in common - they've both worked with a companion! ;)

And Here's one photo without all the facial hair.

Through Googling - and luck - I've known about Paul being "the new guy" for awhile. However, I held back posting since I thought ITV might make an official announcement (crazy! :p) and also talking about Jamie's replacement (sniff) was a pretty huge spoiler. But "Survivor's Guilt" airs Wednesday and BBCA confirmed what's about to happen by releasing that clip as much as anything could, so I thought now was the time to share.

Finally, one of the sources for putting two and two together was the website of costume designer Ray Holman, who worked on Series 5 & 6 / Season 3 of Law & Order: UK. On his photo page, is our first look at Sam and Ronnie.


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aurora_0811 From: aurora_0811 Date: September 23rd, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Sam Casey you have big shoes to fill! I'm sad to see Matty go but happy for Jamie to be stateside and off finding new work. I'll tune in to see how the transition goes for poor Ronnie. The clip from yesterday broke my heart. :(
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 23rd, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm sad to see Matty go but happy for Jamie to be stateside and off finding new work.

Aye. Considering the latter is probably the main factor in all of this happening in the first place, logic ought to dictate that we should definitely take comfort in that. It's just kind of hard to right now since CSI is a one-off and Perception won't air for almost a year, hence the former feels more like repeatedly being kicked in the solar plexus... or maybe that's just me. ;)
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
It's not just you! :-)

It's hard to be happy for the reason that is the cause of my suffering, you know.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
See, the thing is I'm definitely happy for Jamie if he's moved on to where he wants to be. He's only ever talked well about his experience on L&O:UK, so there must have been some reason why he felt it was time to move on before his three years were up; I'd imagine 17P probably wasn't the only reason, although it was obviously part of it. Unless he decides to talk about it someday, we can only presume, but it's a wise bet that there are plenty of angles to the reasons.

The mitigating factors that are making it hard for me at the moment are totally out of Jamie's control. OK, fine, he could direct his reps to be more forthcoming with his future plans, but I can't hold that against him, either; it's who he is, he appreciates fandom but he's clearly not comfortable with self-publicizing. Being a mod on a comm like this one, though, you get antsy when there's no news to bring to your peeps, dad-gummit. (Effing CBS, if you had just thrown us one or two publicity stills with Jamie in, but no, because what the world really needs is more shots of David Caruso chewing up scenery, there aren't enough already out there. grumble grumble...) ;)

Clearly I need more tea...backing away from keyboard slowly...
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: September 27th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Nope, definitely not alone.
ayajedi From: ayajedi Date: September 23rd, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
WHAT??!! Him? Wait, That's how he looks now? He has certainly changed! I remember he was a bit of a heartthrob of some girls back in the day.
This should be interesting
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 23rd, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes, it's counter-productive to say anything before actually seeing the episode. And the fact that he'll be the lead I.O. on the case against Matt's killers, frankly, is piling the expectations on extra thick. BUT... I kinda feel like I can weigh in on this now, as it's something I've thought about for a while:

Understand that I'm not making any presumptions about Paul Nicholls or how the character will be written; I can't because I haven't seen any footage yet. But regardless of how it works out, I do feel like it's a bit of a missed opportunity for them to have cast another young, good-looking white guy. It's going to be hard enough for fans to accept Sam given the circumstances we talked about already (see previous thread), and sure you can make personalities very different (see: James vs. Jake) - but I guess maybe I was hoping too hard that they'd cast a minority actor or even a female, which would be a franchise first as they've never had a junior female detective. Shit, they could have even cast both ways. dramaturgca mentioned it to me and I agree, how amazing would it have been to have had two minority females as leads on a show? It shouldn't be such a big deal, but man it would be. (Actually, there would be one definitive way they could make Sam more interesting, and I'll be very curious if they decide to go down that road... anyone know what I'm gettin' at? See if you can figure it out from the Episode 13 description.)

Anyway... yeah. Obviously watching next week's, we'll see where it goes from there. I have to admit I'm curious about episode 12 as they're adapting the "24 hours in the life" format episode and I like episodes like that. (Of course, also trying to stifle the irritation that Jamie won't be a part of that episode. *big melancholy sigh*)
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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 23rd, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Hmm.. OK, it was a woman in the original episode, huh? Well, shit, then that doesn't bode well. What I was trying to get at was that if they made Sam gay, that would at least be a welcome, unexpected twist. (That episode description doesn't indicate whether the victim is a man or a woman. ;) )

charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I was hoping too hard that they'd cast a minority actor or even a female, which would be a franchise first as they've never had a junior female detective.

Agreed, although, Nina Cassidy was a female junior detective, I don't remember how many episodes though.

I was thinking the same thing. I was hoping for someone like David Ajala or young Indian actor like a Dev Patel (they could pick an unknown and really do something creative!). In terms of a female DS, I would even take Michelle Ryan just to make it a clean break.

Maybe they are going the Spooks/Mi-5 route and casting only young handsome actors to replace the young handsome actors that leave the show.

Going to a much needed happy hour now. :-)

Edited at 2011-09-23 09:50 pm (UTC)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Jealous. My happy hour is still 3 hours away!

Hey, I have no problem with the young and handsome part. ;) Just, y'know, variety is the spice of life. (We were wondering what Naoko Mori had been up to since poor Tosh got killed off on Torchwood. Wouldn't that be something, an Asian woman detective. And she kicks ASS.)

EDIT: You're right about Nina. Haven't actually seen too many of her eps, either. The mothership is so ginormous it's easy to get Swiss-cheese brain.
sracheg From: sracheg Date: September 23rd, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks for the info.
shoelesslucy From: shoelesslucy Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Mhm I do like the look of him. He should definetely keep the facial hair. However, I do agree with above comments: a female detective would have been great.
I'm not sure I'll be keep watching without the Matt/Ronnie partnership though. It'lle be hard to recreate that kind of bond, especially since a lot of their closeness and cncern for each other seemed to be based on them working together for quite some time.

Also reading the episode descriptions I can't but wish that Jamie would have at least stuck around until the end of the season (since 17th precinct wasn't picked up anyway). I would have loved to see Matt in the 24 hours ep and him falling for a victim would have been interesting too. I'm curious if they're gonna reference him from time to time. I hear poor Archie wasn't mentioned much after he was gone...
esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
On Eastenders Paul played 'mad' Joe Wicks, a teenage schizophrenic, I don't remember him being in the force!

Paul's not a bad actor by any means, but I find it difficult to believe he'll be anything but Devlin!lite, very disappointing, but given the strength of the writing not surprising.

Fairly certain I'm done with the show once I see Survivors Guilt but if anyone would like to give Bradley his own Bradley centric drama I'd watch that.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Hee! OK, I just removed the 'Eastenders' photo credit since you're probably right. :) When I was doing a photo search that came up along with it, but it's entirely possible the person capping it was wrong. Sadly, Paul doesn't have his own website/fansite which would have made my life easier. ;)

I'm sticking with the show through the end of the series/season. I'm a fan of those behind the camera as well as in front of it. But if ITV should pick it up for another 13 episodes, I suspect it will be a very different show and I'll likely be through with it.
hockeyvaughnfan From: hockeyvaughnfan Date: October 3rd, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Urgh this just reinforces my probable not watching after the first ep & tying up of Matt's storyline.

Unless he's improved a hell of a lot since the last time I saw him in anything I'm afraid for me he's just too sucky as an actor. Plus there's the whole, the main reason I was watching was for the Matt & Ronnie bits so no Matt means no dynamic duo so...
asta77 From: asta77 Date: October 5th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
There wasn't much focus on Paul/Sam in his first episode, which makes sense given they were still dealing with Jamie/Matt's departure. But I liked what I saw and he didn't strike me as a bad actor...though no Jamie Bamber. ;)
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