De La Garza new prosecutor on"'Law & Order" By Nellie Andreeva
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hot off her recurring role on CBS' "CSI: Miami," Alana De La Garza is joining another crime drama, NBC's "Law & Order," as a regular, and Ivan Sergei has been tapped as the lead in Fox's drama pilot "Drive."
On "Law & Order," De La Garza will play a new assistant district attorney who will replace A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia, killed off in the series' 16th-season finale last month. Annie Parisse played Borgia for the past season and a half.
Representatives for NBC and series creator/executive producer Dick Wolf declined comment Thursday.
De La Garza most recently played Eric Delko's (Adam Rodriguez) sister Marisol on "CSI: Miami." Her credits also include the series "The Book of Daniel" and "The Mountain" and the feature "Mr. Fix It."
"Drive," from 20th Century Fox TV, chronicles an underground race across America. Sergei leads an ensemble cast that includes Kristin Lehman, Melanie Lynskey and Alan Ruck. 20th TV-based director Greg Yaitanes is directing.
Sergei, on the big screen in "The Break-Up," next stars in the ABC television movie "Mary Christmas." His series credits include "Crossing Jordan," "Hawaii" and "Charmed."
Update: NBC confirms Alana De La Garza joins 'Law & Order'
NEW YORK - The "Law & Order" revolving door has brought in Alana De La Garza as the latest cast addition to the longrunning NBC drama, the network confirmed Friday.
De La Garza joins the series next fall replacing Annie Parisse, who played Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Borgia for a season and a half. Borgia was killed off last month on the finale for the show's 16th season.
De La Garza appeared on CBS' "CSI: Miami" last season as the wife of Miami cop Horatio Caine (series star David Caruso) who was gunned down by drug dealers.
She follows Parisse as the latest in a succession of actresses playing young female prosecutors paired with assistant D.A. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), including Jill Hennessy, Carey Lowell, Angie Harmon and Elizabeth Rohm.
Another newcomer to the "Law & Order" fold, Milena Govich, was announced recently. She replaces Dennis Fontana, who played dapper Detective Joe Fontana for two seasons. He in turn had succeeded the late Jerry Orbach.
Govich was most recently a regular on NBC's shortlived drama "Conviction" (like "Law & Order," produced by Dick Wolf) as Jessica Rossi, a New York assistant district attorney.