|NBC is finding a new home for formerly deposed drama "Law & Order: Los Angeles."|
By the time "LOLA" returns April 11 with a new two-hour episode, the Dick Wolf skein will have been off the air for more than four months.
Although the first episode back will debut at 9 p.m., "LOLA" will air in its new 10 p.m. Monday timeslot the following week and thereafter. Currently, the Peacock has "Harry's Law" at 10 o'clock Monday, which started strong Jan. 17 and is currently NBC's most-watched show at 11.3 million viewers per episode.
As part of the relaunch, "LOLA" has gone through a handful of cast changes. Skeet Ulrich, who played one of the lead LAPD detectives, is gone and Alfred Molina, formerly a district attorney on the show, is now filling Ulrich's shoes.
Also off the show are Megan Boone and Regina Hall, each of whom played deputy district attorneys. Coming aboard is Alana de la Garza, a veteran of the original "Law & Order" series. She will play a deputy district attorney.
Terence Howard, Rachel Ticotin and Corey Stoll remains co-stars.
In the eight episodes "LOLA" was on the air earlier this season at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the show averaged a 2.5 rating/7 share in the 18-49, with an average of 9 million viewers overall.
Show, from Universal Media Studios, is exec produced by Wolf, Rene Balcer, Blake Masters, Christopher Misiano and Peter Jankowski.
On the reality side, NBC said country music singer Blake Shelton would be the fourth and final musician coach for upcoming reality competition series "The Voice." Previously announced coaches are Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine.
"The Voice," hosted by Carson Daly, is set to launch April 26.
LOLA will see Alfred Molina in his new role as Detectives Ricardo Morales, partnered with Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) as they pursue cases through the diverse City of Angels. As part of the creative overhaul of the show, which included the departure of 3 regulars, including Skeet Ulrich, Alana de la Garza, veteran of the mothership Law & Order series, is joining the series, reprising her role as Deputy District Attorney Connie Rubirosa. Staying put is Terrence Howard as Deputy District Attorney Jonah “Joe” Dekker.
Earlier this season, LOLA averaged a 2.5/7 in adults 18-49 and 9.0 million viewers overall. The show launched to some gripes from die-hard Law & Order fans that the newest installment has strayed from what made the first 3 Law & Order series work. In the new incarnation of LOLA, the producers are addressing that, making the series closer in feel to the others, darker and less "blue sky" than its original run in the fall.
L&O creator Dick Wolf is credited with coming up with the plan for changing up Molina's character after discussing the future of the show with Greenblatt shortly after he joined NBC. Word is Greenblatt has been very invested in the show and was looking for ways to better balance the show, on which he felt the real heft of acting was in the second half, in which Molina and Howard were alternating as 2 DAs. Wolf's plan allowed for both actors to be on the series full-time and have them throughout each episode, adding weight to the first half.