Braugher back on TV legal turf in "Law & Order"

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2007 file photo, actor Andre Braugher arrives at the premiere of "The Mist" at The Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Braugher will star in the New York premier of Matthew Lopez's Civil War-era play "The Whipping Man," beginning on Jan. 13, 2011 at New York City Center. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file) (AP)

November 4, 2011 9:55:34 AM PDT
Andre Braugher says he's glad to back in the TV legal arena with a guest appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Braugher played a police detective on the 1990s series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and recently starred as a car lot manager on TNT's "Men of a Certain Age." On Wednesday night's episode of the NBC drama, Braugher plays a powerful defense attorney whose client is accused of raping a music student.

The actor said Wednesday that he enjoyed his lighter role on "Men of a Certain Age," but he relishes "meaty" dramatic parts. On "Special Victims Unit," Braugher said, his character gives prosecutors and New York police "a run for their money" as he defends his impoverished client.