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'Law & Order' Star Alana De La Garza Joins 'Law & Order: L.A.,' William Petersen Returns to 'CSI' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 31st 2011 11:00AM
Alana De La GarzaFans of the mothership 'Law & Order' take note: Alana De La Garza is joining the cast of NBC's struggling 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Hooray! And it gets better: She's playing her 'Law & Order' character, ADA Connie Rubirosa.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the L&O veteran completes the casting overhaul that began with the dismissal of three actors and and the move of Alfred Molina's character to detective.

De La Garza joined 'Law & Order' in season 17 and was with the show until it ended in May 2010.

"I hope fans of the 'mothership' will be happy to see the return of Alana's character, Connie Rubirosa, one of the longest-running assistant prosecutors on 'Law & Order,'" Dick Wolf, the show's creator, said. "Alana has a huge following and it will be interesting to follow her character as she comes to terms with Los Angeles justice."

In other casting news ...

William Petersen will return to 'CSI.' An upcoming story features Grissom's mother and wife, Sara, but CBS did not confirm if Petersen will appear in that episode. The actor left the series in 2009. [Entertainment Weekly]

Laura Vandervoort is returning to 'Smallville.' The 'V' star will reprise her Supergirl role in one of the final five episodes of the hit CW series. [TVLine]

Jordana Brewster is the new face of 'Dallas.' The 'Fast and the Furious' star will play Elena, the daughter of the ranch's cook who is in a love triangle with J.R.'s son, John Ross, and Bobby and Pam Ewing's son, Christopher. [Deadline Hollywood]

Taylor Kinney has booked a role on 'CSI: New York.' The 'Vampire Diaries' werewolf will play Jayson Luck, a man who murders somebody on a subway platform, a crime witnessed by Sela Ward's character's daughter. [TV Guide]

Dreama Walker has landed a role in ABC's pilot for 'Don't Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23.' Walker, who has been recurring on 'The Good Wife,' will play June, an optimistic young lady who is forced to move in with a wild party girl. [Deadline Hollywood]

Rita Moreno, Robert Walden and Tichina Arnold have joined TV Land's 'Happily Divorced.' The trio will star opposite Fran Drescher in the pilot about a woman who starts dating after finding out her husband is gay. [Deadline Hollywood]

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dborchm

FYI Sam Waterston is currently in a play at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven CT. They think it will go to Broadway sometime after it finishes its run. It's called The Old Masters, and it will be at the Long Wharf until Feb. 13.

February 01 2011 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beth

loved l&o criminal intent

February 01 2011 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maureen

hi how r u doin i am sooooo sick of the snow and ice......the whole thing is getting old.
all my time has been dealing with snow, ice, sleet. i don't like law and order LA, i prefer the show of Maritska and meloni..

February 01 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lois218

Law and order is the only tv program I watch. If it is not on, I will read a book(nothing) for me on tv. Please keep it on tv, the original is the best. I'll even watch reruns. Is there a danger that it ran it's course and that we've seen the last of it? It would be devastating to loose it.. When you have a good thing, you stick with it!!!!! Lois Horowitz

February 01 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kimshaw530

John: You may be thinking of Annie Parisse's character of Alexandra Borgia got killed off back in 2006

February 01 2011 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
F S

please please bring back the Law and Order cast they were the best.....Law and Order LA stucks... not one
of them had any on screen appreal....

February 01 2011 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cattess

I miss 'Law and Order' a lot. As much as I like the other L&O shows, the original is the best and I wish it were still on.

February 01 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Cal4RCE

There is NO WAY that Law and Order: L.A. will work if they leave Alfred Molina in the cast. He looks like a patient from an insane asylum. They never should have cancelled Law and Order: The Original.

February 01 2011 at 12:32 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Joan

I totally agree with you. the original was always the best. cancel SVU if you must cancel,, or mess with L&O Bring Linus Roche back and Sam and Jeremy and Bernard.

February 01 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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lisa0401

i also somewhat agree. i think both molina and howard are a big bore. they have no edge. in fact the whole show is pretty boring. i am a huge l&o fan but this version puts me to sleep. huge mistake canceling the original

February 01 2011 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Patrice

Alana is such a beautiful woman. Loved her brief love for Horatio & sister to Eric on CSI Miami and the ada on Law & Order. Wish the whole cast of Law & Order (org.) would move out there to LA I watched a few of the LA's- I would watch if nothing else was on, now I will make a point to check it out again. Sisto would be nice to see again too! anywhere LOL!!!!

February 01 2011 at 12:12 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Joe

hello

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