Are you a fan of LA Law? Recently, co-creator Steven Bochco spoke with TV Guide about reviving the classic NBC series.
Earlier, we reported that Bochco is developing a reboot of the legal drama with FOX. The original series starred Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Jill Eikenberry, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood. The show ran for eight seasons before ending in 1994.
At first, Bochco said he was not interested in a reboot:
That was a show that I had said no to redeveloping on several occasions over the last five or 10 years. My friend and collaborator Billy Finkelstein, who was one of our original writers on L.A. Law, talked me into it, by pointing out — and rightfully so — that the legal stories that you’re going to be telling in 2016-17 literally didn’t exist 30 years ago. That’s how long it’s been. And so, what that gives you is an opportunity to really hold a mirror up to the way in which our legal culture … just changes our culture in general. Those stories are fresh, because they didn’t exist then.”
Later, he added that the new series will have some connections to the original show:
There’s going to be some linkage to the past, in certain aspects of how we produce it and the possibility of bringing at least a couple of characters back from the original show. But I wouldn’t want it to be just a replica of what we did then. The world has changed so much. One of the things that Billy and I spent a lot of time doing was really trying to think through the evolution of a boutique, full-service law firm. … In the same way that our business has changed dramatically over that period of time, how would that business change over time? We really put a lot of thought into that. And when you do that, what you come out with is something that looks and feels very different.”
What do you think? Have you seen the original LA Law? Will you watch the revival?