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At Least One Positive About Fred Thompson 2008

Jack MCoy gets kicked upstairs.

Prosecutor Jack McCoy is getting a promotion to New York district attorney on "Law & Order" but viewers could see less of Sam Waterston, the actor who plays him.

McCoy will take over from New York D.A. Arthur Branch, who was played by Fred Thompson. A former U.S. senator, Thompson asked to be released from the NBC drama as he weighs a bid for the Republican nomination for president.

No word if Elisabeth Rohm will come back to tag team with the beauteous Alana De La Garza.