Fall TV must brace itself for yet another rendition of the Law and Order franchise. Following the timely demise of the mother ship (the original Law and Order), Law and Order: Los Angeles (nicknamed LOLA) makes its Fall TV premiere.
Why Los Angeles? Executive Producer Dick Wolf explains that LA was selected because it is a polar opposite of New York, both geographically and socially. “If you’re a New Yorker, you think all the fruits and nuts are in California. And if you’re in California, you go, ‘God, why would anyone live in that dirty, big city?'”
The new show plans to exploit the laidback California lifestyle, but with only about 1 out of 10 episodes focusing on celebrity cases. The Fall TV cast of characters include:
Detective Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich), who started his career in the Rodney King riots
Detective Tomas “T.J.” Jaruszalski (Corey Stall), who believes police work is the best way to have fun
Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales (Wanda De Jesus), who shattered the precinct’s glass ceiling for women and for gay officers
Deputy D.A. Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina), a first-generation Latino
Attorney Evelyn Price (Regina Hall), an African American with a pampered background
Deputy D.A. Jonah Dekker (Terrence Howard), an upwardly mobile free spirit
Assistant D.A. Lauren Gardner (Megan Boone), who comes from a rich, conservative, politically connected family
Law and Order: Los Angeles joins the ranks of the original Law and Order (canceled in Spring 2010 but likely to be syndicated), Law and Order: Criminal Intent (on the air since 2001), and Law and Order: SVU, which will air in the time slot before Law and Order: Los Angeles. Fans will be treated to what NBC is calling East Coast Justice versus West Coast Justice. Critics will likely endure more two-people-walking-along-oh-my-God-a-dead-body intros.
René Balcer, Executive Producer of Law and Order: Los Angeles, stated in an interview, “There’s no end to the crime story, starting with Cain and Abel. People are always coming up with new ways of dispatching their fellow man. And for different reasons … I don’t think we’ve done it all.”
We’ll see. LOLA makes its Fall television premiere September 29, 2010 at 10/9C.
Law & Order: Los Angeles – Dick Wolf Interview, NBC.com.
T. Teicholz. Is Los Angeles Ready for its Dose of Law & Order, The Huffington Post.