Friday, August 13, 2010

New Info on LAW & ORDER: LA

Some new images from the upcoming Law & Order: Los Angeles have hit the web, courtesy of the New York Post, providing our first look at Alfred Molina and Regina Hall as DAs Peter Morales and Evelyn Price respectively, and also Skeet Ulrich as Det. Rex Winters (was there ever a more made-for-TV name?).

In addition to giving us our first glance at the Los Angeles cast in character, this week also saw some more information come out on what the planned direction for the show will be, and how the producers plan to set the new show apart from its recently-departed forebear. The answer? Different, but not too different.

Same inter-scene title cards, same inter-scene "thunk-THUNK," same cops-in-the-first-half/lawyers-in-the-second format with minimal character development, and much of the same writing and producing staff.

So, uh...other than the cast, the setting, and (presumably) the theme music, what's new, exactly?

Says producer/creator Dick Wolf: "It's a progressive moving-forward of the brand."

Okay.

And as far as the possibility of characters from the NY-based shows teaming up with their West Coast sibs?  "Anything is possible...I mean, that's not being facile. Over the years we've done many stunts. If it's organic, anything is possible...There are no plans to do that. Everybody is 3,000 miles away, but you never know what's going to happen."

While I'll admit it'd be neat to see our old friends from New York once again, I'd rather not have a board shorts and Hawaiian shirt-wearing Jack McCoy getting caught up in a murder case while vacationing in Cali, so it's probably a good call to hold off on any sweeps-inspired brand cross-pollinations for the time being.

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