Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The LAW Report

Gene Ritchings, longtime production coordinator of the Law & Order mothership, shares his behind-the-scenes remembrances of the recently-deceased series:
Within the “glamorous” world of a film crew there is often factionalizing, back-biting, ego-busting, petty competitiveness, and a sour, spiteful atmosphere, quite apart from the creative conflict necessary to produce the best possible product. Yet Law & Order was legendary among New York film crews as a great place to work. In an industry where – as Dick Wolf once said of Hollywood – “Shadenfreude is considered a polite emotion,” everyone worked together respectfully and supportive of each other’s contribution. Whatever momentary bitchery erupted in the daily tumult of working in a highly charged atmosphere, I am sure everyone who ever worked on Law & Order is sharing a deep grief at the end of a remarkable experience.
There's more, including a terrific memory of the late, lamented Jerry Orbach upon his retirement after twelve years playing Det. Lennie Briscoe.

In other news, replacement series Law & Order: Los Angeles doesn't have its cast yet, but is still targeting a fall premiere.  A few days ago Aussielo posted the casting breakdown that's going out to agents and, no great surprise, it sticks pretty rigidly to the established formula that's served the brand so well in the past.  Details after the jump.
Detective Rex Winters: A handsome, rugged ex-Marine in his early 40s, Winters has the intuition of a natural cop. His experience during the Rodney King Riots — which occurred during his second month on the job — shaped his philosophy on policing. Basically, the world is chaos and people are either good or bad. He’s currently married to his ex-partner. Seeking a Caucasian, African-American, or Hispanic actor.
Detective Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski: A mid-30s Hollywood native, TJ possesses a cynical view of the entertainment industry. He’s affable, smart, and confident. In contrast to his partner’s black-and-white view of things, TJ sees all shades of gray. He’s also a health nut with an active social life — which is typically code for major hottie. Seeking a Caucasian actor.
LT. Park: Captain of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division, the fortysomething Park is a cool professional who keeps his/her private life private. He’s also a passionate advocate for his/her detectives. Seeking an Asian actor or actress.
ADA Peter Morales: An offspring of a political family, Morales — who is also in his 40s — is a “battlefield general” in the courtroom yet “coarsely sardonic and self-deprecating” in real-life. Seeking a Hispanic actor.
DDA Eva Price: This brainy and drop dead gorgeous assistant prosecutor doesn’t take crap from anyone. Seeking a Caucasian or African-American actress in her 20s.
Also but here's NBC's first teaser for the new show, released a few weeks back (not sure why I hadn't posted it yet):

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