Smits played attorney Victor Sifuentes on the original LA Law, which ran on NBC between 1986 and 1994. The cast also included Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Jill Eikenberry, Harry Hamlin, and Blair Underwood.
In the interview, Smits imagined where his LA Law character would be now:
Come on, why settle for judge? He could be the mayor of Los Angeles. What are you talking about?”
Later, Smits said he’s very interested in the revival. However, he didn’t reveal if his character will return or not:
Either that or a hardened criminal somewhere. One of the cases went south. I don’t know. I had heard about this, and I saw Bill Finkelstein, who was one of the writers on L.A. Law, and I don’t know what’s been announced, but my understanding was Bill was the one who was doing the writing on the pilot with Steven [Bochco]. I know it’s going to be young guns, and certainly, my God, if you think about all of these landmark, iconic cases that have happened over the past 20 years, the Menendez brothers, O.J., all these cases that were game changers in terms of the way we as the American public perceive the legal system, there’s a lot of fodder for storylines there. I would be very, very interested to know what has been the evolution of Mackenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, in light of all of these changes, these cases that have happened in the legal system.
The reboot comes from co-creator Steven Bochco and original series’ writer Billy Finkelstein. The project is reportedly being tailored towards cable and streaming outlets, like Netflix or Hulu, instead of broadcast networks.
What do you think? Are you a fan of LA Law? Do you want Smits to return for the reboot?