Law & Order gets a tan, keeps soundtrack
|The “chung chung” will live on. The rest of Law & Order: Los Angeles is still a “work in progress”, creator Dick Wolf says.|
With a September 29 premiere date looming, Wolf and Executive Producer Rene Balcer are scrambling to adapt one of New York’s most recognizable police dramas to its new west coast home.
“New York has Central Park, we have the Beach,” Balcer told TV critics in Beverly Hills Friday. “It is the great equalizer – where everybody goes. We even have an episode about surfers and the beach.”
LO:LA, as it has come to be known, also has an episode set on an offshore oil rig, he revealed.
'Law & Order: Los Angeles' executive producer Dick Wolf
“I think there is all sorts of territory that has not been mined yet.”
The Wednesday night series stars Skeet Ulrich as Detective Rex Winters, a second generation LAPD detective who happens to be married to his former partner. “He’s sort of a brass tacks kind of guy,” the actor says.
Ulrich will be paired with Detective TJ Jaruszalski played by Corey Stoll.
Wolf plans to integrate the city’s landscape and celebrity culture into his fourth spinoff of Law & Order brand.
“It would be really nice if you are in a club (scene) to see people you might recognize,” he says. “But we are not going to have Shirley Maclaine walk across Sunset Boulevard.”
Wolf also reveals that the show – which will alternate cases each week between District Attorneys Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard – will continue the L&O practice of developing stories based on current headlines.
“How do we do a show in L.A. without celebrity crime?”
Could his mean another episode inspired by Mel Gibson?
“I would not sit here and tell you that we are not going to do stories that are in the headlines all over the world,” he hints.
LO:LA debuts on NBC just months after the network canned the original Law & Order series.
“Obviously Rene and I and the hundreds of people who were associated with (it) were extremely disappointed that the show didn’t come back for a 21st season,” Wolf says. “But that’s life. Everything in television is born under a death sentence. They just don’t tell you the date of execution.”