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Law & Order: Los Angeles: NBC Series Returning in April

Law & Order: Los Angeles returnsThe peacock network has announced that they’re bringing back Law & Order: Los Angeles after a 19 week hiatus. As you may recall, the new series wasn’t performing very well in the ratings and averaged just a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.24 million viewers. As a result, executive producer Dick Wolf and NBC decided to do some retooling.

Cast members Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall, and Megan Boone are now gone and Alfred Molina’s character, DA Ricardo Morales, is now a detective who works alongside TJ Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll). Terrence Howard remains as DDA Jonah Dekker. In addition, Alana De La Garza will reprise her role as ADA Connie Rubirosa from the original Law & Order which was cancelled last May.

Law & Order: Los Angeles will take over the Mondays at 10pm timeslot from Harry’s Law. The Kathy Bates freshman series is expected to have completed its 13 episode season by that time.

Here’s the press release from NBC…

NBC RE-LAUNCHES “LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES” WITH TWO-HOUR PREMIERE ON MONDAY, APRIL 11
Freshman Series Will Return to Regular Time Period (10-11 p.m. ET) on Monday, April 18

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 7, 2011 – NBC’s freshman series “Law & Order: Los Angeles” will return to the regular lineup with a two-hour original premiere on Monday, April 11 (9-11 p.m. ET). The crime drama procedural will resume in its regular day and time on Monday, April 18 (10-11 p.m. ET).

The announcement was made by Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

“We are pleased to welcome ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ back to NBC’s regular lineup,” said Greenblatt. “Dick Wolf and his team have made some exciting creative changes and we can’t wait to re-introduce the show to audiences.”

“Law & Order: Los Angeles” follows Detectives Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina, “An Education,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Spiderman 2″) and Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll, “Midnight in Paris”) as they pursue cases through the diverse City of Angels. As members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Robbery Homicide Division, Morales, a former Deputy District Attorney, has returned to the police force after he became frustrated with the system, while TJ, who grew up the son of an Oscar-winning Polish cinematographer, knows too well the dark underside that is behind-the-scenes Hollywood.

Protecting the detectives who serve under her is Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales, (Rachel Ticotin) who is driven, focused, and meticulous. She is a 20-year vet with a background in military intelligence who now oversees the Homicide 1 section of Robbery Homicide Division.

Deputy District Attorney Jonah “Joe” Dekker (Terrence Howard, “Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”) is a white knight crusader whose political ambitions often bring him into conflict with his boss. He sincerely believes in fighting the good fight. At the same time, he has never been one to turn down a high-profile case.

At Dekker’s side is Deputy District Attorney Connie Rubirosa (Alana de la Garza, “Law & Order”). Rubirosa served as Executive Assistant District Attorney in New York and she recently located to Los Angeles to help her ailing mother.

Earlier this season, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” averaged a 2.5 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.0 million viewers overall, to improve the show’s fourth-quarter time period, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, by 56 percent in adults 18-49 versus the prior year (with a 2.5 rating vs. a 1.6) and by 64 percent in total viewers (9.0 million vs. 5.5 million). “Law & Order: Los Angeles” ranked #1 or tied for #1 versus regular programming in that slot with five of eight originals in the fourth quarter.

In addition, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will broadcast encore episodes on Wednesdays beginning March 23 (9-10 p.m. ET).

“Law & Order: Los Angeles” is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer, Rene Balcer (“Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), Blake Masters (“Brotherhood,” “Rubicon”), Christopher Misiano (“West Wing,” “ER”) and Peter Jankowski (“Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) are executive producers.

For “Law & Order: Los Angeles” embeddable clips and full episodes, visit NBC.com’s official show site: http://www.nbc.com/law-and-order-los-angeles/

What do you think? Are you interested in the new version of Law & Order: Los Angeles? Will you tune in?

 

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ChrisM February 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

I’m just so glad that the show is returning, I loved it from the start, as you get the police side and then on to the lawyers taking it to the next level. I hope there will be quite a few episodes.

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Cindy W. April 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

I can’t believe they got rid of Skeet Ulrich. I only watched the Los Angeles version becasue of him. I will not continue to watch it. I do not like his replacement.

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Sheila Bevan April 19, 2011 at 4:54 am

I saw this show for the first time last night (April 18, 2011) and I fell in love with it!
I happened upon it while channel-surfing after “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC, and I’m glad I did. I especially am impressed with Alfred Molina. Great story, interesting, multi-dimensional characters – good job!
I will be sure to watch on Monday eves @ 10.00 p.m.

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Marilyn April 17, 2011 at 4:49 am

These were the best two episodes of LOLA. I liked Skeet too, but the writers did a way better job on these latest two episodes, and it shows.

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Irene April 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

I really enjoyed this version of Law and Order and Skeet Ulrich is the reason!! I was excited to watch a two hour show again and unbelievably disappointed in the way the first hour ended. Once I realized that the second hour was just a new show and not a continuation of getting the guy who killed Skeet, I did not bother to watch it and probably will not bother to watch the series. Once again. . I watched this version initially BECAUSE OF SKEET ULRICH!!!! A side note. . . I really enjoy Trevor Howard as the ADA, but the changes are too great for me to continue watching. . .

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Scott Bentley April 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

Without Skeet, the show reeks. An awful 2-part showing…not even a police funeral. Too many useless, empty, politically correct characters. No wonder it was cancelled. I’ve been a loyal, devoted, fan of all the Law & Orders and off-shoots since their inceptions, but now they are running on fumes. It will be interesting to see how they screw up the up-coming “Criminal Intent” series. Very sad.

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Cindy April 12, 2011 at 5:15 am

I cannot believe that you are already getting rid of Skeet. I really enjoyed the team on this new series. Who is making these decisions?

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Sue April 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm

You have killed my favorite character so I will not be watching no matter who you replace him with. What a foolish thing to do. You didn’t give the show a chance.

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Thisishappening April 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

YES! ADA Rubirosa is going to be on L&O LA!

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vickie April 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I totally agree, killing off Skeet’s character is a big mistake. He is a very good actor. I really enjoy seeing him on my screen. Bad move NBC

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GLENDA April 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

WILL NOT WATCH AFTER SKEET IS GONE…WHAT HAPPEN WAS HE NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU GUYS…HE WAS THE BEST ON THE SHOW…..

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