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TCA: Dick Wolf Confirms Mothership ‘Law & Order’ Series Is Dead

Nellie Andreeva

“I can confirm that (Law & Order) has moved into the history books, the franchise creator Dick Wolf said at the opening of the TCA session for the latest spinoff, Law & Order: Los Angeles, putting an end to any speculation that the show still may find a new home. He opened the LOLA session with a statement:

“We were extremely disappointed that Law & Order is not coming back for a record 21st season. But that’s life. All series start with a death sentence, they just don’t give you the date of execution. The past is the past, and this (LOLA) is a new show.”

After the panel, Wolf also squashed speculation about a possible Law & Order movie, stressing that this indeed was the end of Law & Order as we know it and saying that he was able to tell all stories he had wanted to tell within the framework of that show.

During the session, he refused to discuss whether financial issues led to the cancellation of the veteran series on NBC, only stressing that “in the 23 years I’ve been continuously on the air, we’ve never failed to make a deal when there was a deal to be made.”

The new series, LOLA, will be closer to the mothership than fellow spinoffs Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: CI, in terms of having the police and legal side play equal parts.I’m not paying (Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard) to be secondary characters,” Wolf said. Read More »

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Terrence Howard To Join ‘Law & Order: LA’

Nellie Andreeva

Terrence Howard is boarding NBC’s upcoming Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Los Angeles, joining Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll.

Howard will play a new Deputy D.A. who will work alongside Deputy D.A. Morales (Molina). Howard and Molina will be splitting the workload, each appearing roughly in the half of the episodes thus allowing the show to land big feature names and the actors to stay active in movies.

Ulrich and Stoll play Detective Rex Winters and TJ Jaruszalski. Production on LOLA is slated to begin on Aug. 2 for a Sept. 22 premiere.

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Corey Stoll Joins Cast Of ‘Law & Order: LA’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Corey Stoll (Salt) has landed the detective co-lead opposite Skeet Ulrich on NBC’s upcoming Law & Order spinoff Law & Order: Los Angeles. He joins previously cast Ulrich and Alfred Molina. Stoll will play Detective Rex Winters’ (Ulrich) partner TJ Jaruszalski, a confident Hollywood native with a cynical view of the entertainment industry, a health nut with an active social life. LOLA is scheduled to begin production Aug. 2. Corey guest starred on the mothership Law & Order series and did an arc on NCIS.

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Alfred Molina To Star In ‘Law & Order: LA’

Nellie Andreeva

Alfred Molina has joined Skeet Ulrich on NBC’s upcoming Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Los Angeles. He will play Deputy D.A. Morales. ”I am thrilled that Fred is LOLA‘s Deputy D.A.,” creator-executive producer Dick Wolf said. “He joins a remarkable list of some of America’s greatest character actors like Sam Waterson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeff Goldblum, Steven Hill, Dianne Wiest  and Michael Moriarity as stars of the Law & Order-branded series.”

Ulrich was previously tapped to play Detective Rex Winters, one of the two detectives at the center of the crime procedural. Production on LOLA is slated to begin on Aug. 2 for a Sept. 22 premiere.

Molina is coming off a Tony-nominated turn on Broadway in Red. On the big screen, he is currently seen in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. LOLA will mark Molina’s first regular series gig since the 2002 sitcom Bram and Alice. Law & Order: Los Angeles is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Wolf, Rene Balcer, Blake Masters and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

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Who Will Wear ‘Law & Order: LA’ Badges? NBC And Dick Wolf Casting Wide Net

Nellie Andreeva

lola2I hear at least a half dozen actors have read or have been informally approached for the two detective roles, including Skeet Ulrich, James Van Der Beek, Michael Rapaport, Michael Ealy, Dylan Walsh and Dean Cain. Clearly, NBC and Dick Wolf are casting a wide net for the leads of the new Law & Order series, Law & Order: Los Angeles. The producers have been looking for a big-name actor to play the prosecutor, ADA Peter Morales. And I hear there may be interest in Lucy Liu for another role, possibly the captain. While casting on the project is still in preliminary stages, it is expected to kick into high gear soon as filming is slated to begin July 22.

According to a breakdown for the fall NBC series released 2 weeks ago, LOLA (as the series is known) follows closely the template of the other Law & Order series with two detectives, with fortysomething Rex Winters and thirtysomething TJ Jaruszalski at the center of the storyline, joined by a captain, a prosecutor, and his assistant.

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