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'Law & Order: LA' 2.0 Has Old Friends, New Gigs & Headline-Grabbing Stories

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 18th 2011 6:00AM
'Law & Order: LA'By Jane Murphy
In last week's two-part 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' -- the first new episode since the show went on a retooling hiatus Dec. 1 -- the reset button was officially hit for the freshman series.

For fans of the show (which has seen its fair share of drama, even though it's only aired 10 episodes to date) the revamp brings us something old, something new and something borrowed, hoping this marriage between the franchise and the City of Angels lasts a good long time.

And of course, there's also something blue with Alfred Molina's character Ricardo Morales leaving the DA's office in the aftermath of the shooting death of Det. Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) to come back to the beat as a detective.

AOL TV caught up with executive producer Rene Balcer, co-creator of the show with 'L&O' head honcho Dick Wolf, to hear all about Morales' big switch and other cast changes for what he's calling "LOLA 2.0."

"There are many factors that finally convince [Morales] he'd be a happier camper back as a cop ... It's about how the case is being handled, the political influences that come to bear on the prosecution."

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'Law & Order: LA' Returns With Tragic Shooting (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 12th 2011 4:13AM
Skeet Ulrich, 'Law & Order: LA'After a lengthy hiatus during which the show was creatively retooled, the now shorter named 'Law & Order: LA' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC) returned to the air with a two-episode premiere. Fans of the original incarnation of the series, and particularly of Skeet Ulrich's Detective Rex Winters, were in for a very difficult evening.

One thing's for certain, though. After what went down in Winters' home, Ulrich won't be returning to the 'L&O' franchise anytime soon.

In keeping with their tradition of trying to depict the world of crime and punishment as raw and real as they can, the writers had Winters get shot down in a drive-by shooting.

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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Shake-Up: Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall, Megan Boone Out

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 12th 2011 10:40AM
Skeet Ulrich, Law & Order: Los AngelesStars Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall and Megan Boone are leaving 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' *Doink doink*

According to Deadline Hollywood, Boone is out of the show completely, but Hall may return for a handful of episodes. Ulrich, the first actor cast on 'LOLA' and one of the two main detectives on the series, is also a casualty of the revamp. The series is currently filming episode 12.

Hall's character, ADA Evelyn Price, worked for Alfred Molina's ADA Morales, while Boone's DDA Lauren Stanton worked under Terrence Howard's Joe Dekker. Ulrich's Detective Rex Winters appeared on 'Law & Order: SVU' in a 2010 episode.

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What to Watch: October 18 - 24

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 18th 2010 3:00AM
CSI: Miami - Sunday October 24, 10PM ET/PT, A/CBS

The man who killed Horatio's mysterious wife escapes from prison and the entire team is tasked to figure out what he's after (besides freedom from the slammer, I guess) and to stop him before he strikes again. Listen, I've watched enough 'CSI' in my life to know what this guy wants -- he wants to finish the job on the Caine family and put Horatio six feet under, and of course in the end Horatio will outsmart him and deliver some crushingly awful line as the killer is being led back behind bars (or maybe H shoots him?) But either way, I weep for the missed opportunity to kill off Horatio and start fresh with this show.

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'L&O: LA' Premiere Mirrors Hollywood's "Bling Ring" Burglaries (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 30th 2010 9:50AM
'L&O: LA' Premiere Follows Bling Ring BurglariesThe series premiere of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC) featured a ripped-from-the-headlines story: A group of burglars targeted the homes of wealthy young celebrities. Can you say Bling Ring?

Detectives investigated a break-in at one high-profile actor's home (who "gets $3 million a picture"). Three grand in cash had been stolen, as well as eight Rolex watches.

"[The] guy's got two arms and eight Rolexes?" commented Rex (Skeet Ulrich). His colleague replied, "... and one safe he didn't use."

(Technically, six of the eight watches stolen from Orlando Bloom's home were Rolex watches, but hey, it's TV. The episode was a bit more gruesome than real-life events, too.)

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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Premiere Review: Mature Franchise Gets West Coast Facelift

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 29th 2010 1:00PM
The thumping disco music that opens the first episode of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' (10PM ET Wednesday, NBC) is meant to remind you that this is not your father's crime procedural.

Well, actually, it is your father's crime procedural. But this is a 'Law & Order' that has heard of Facebook and TMZ.

In fairness, other editions of the cop-lawyer warhorse have dabbled in topical events and trendy ideas (or ideas that were trendy a while ago). But, as was the case with the mothership of the franchise, this West Coast 'Law & Order' works best when it gives its able cast knotty dilemmas to play.

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What to Watch: September 27 - October 3

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 27th 2010 2:25AM

Dead Set - Sunday October 3, 10PM ET, Space

This BAFTA-nominated British zombie series makes its North American debut tonight -- and with five episodes, that means it'll finish up on Halloween. The Brits really are the best at keeping zombie stories fresh -- no pun intended. This one takes place on the fictional set of a new cycle of 'Big Brother UK,' where cocooned in the safety of the house, the contestants are blissfully unaware of the horrific events unfolding outside. As eviction night looms, Britain is in the grip of an apocalyptic crisis where fast-moving hordes of the undead decimate the studio compound and the rest of the country. Awesome.

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TV Casting: Skeet Ulrich to Star in 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 7th 2010 4:22PM
Skeet UlrichSkeet Ulrich ('Scream') will reportedly star in NBC's upcoming legal spinoff 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Ulrich will play Rex Winters in the series, an ex-Marine who gained experience during the Rodney King riots. Five additional roles, including Ulrich's co-lead detective, have yet to be cast. [Ausiello Files]

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TV Casting: EXCLUSIVE -- Tess Harper Returning to 'Breaking Bad'

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 19th 2010 12:45PM
Tess HarperEXCLUSIVE: Veteran film and television actress Tess Harper ('Tender Mercies'; 'No Country for Old Men') will reprise her role as Jesse's (Aaron Paul) mom on AMC's Emmy-winning series 'Breaking Bad.' Star Bryan Cranston broke the news in his exclusive interview with AOL TV, saying, "She and Michael Bofshever, who plays [Jesse's] dad, are both back again and we're glad to have them, because they do a really solid job." According to Cranston, Harper's appearance will be a minor one, because the "storyline didn't put it in that way to explore more of Jesse's background, but that's neither here nor there." 'Breaking Bad' season 3 premieres Sun., Mar. 21 at 10PM. [AOL TV]

More casting news after the jump.

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Skeet Ulrich Back for Another CBS Pilot

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2010 11:30AM
Skeet UlrichBefore everyone gets too excited, no, this isn't 'Return To Jericho,' so please hold your nuts (wait, that didn't come out right ...). But Skeet Ulrich has signed on to the pilot for a new CBS medical drama produced by John Wells.

Yeah, I know, yet another medical drama. It seems we have a lot every pilot season (and every fall season). CBS' 'Three Rivers' died rather quickly and 'Miami Medical' hasn't even premiered yet (it starts in April) and now we're hearing about this one. Maybe CBS likes to have replacement medical dramas on the shelf in case one happens to fail in the ratings.

I think every network has to have at least one medical show on their schedule every season. TV law. At least this one sounds a little bit different than one based at one particular hospital. It's about a team of medical pros who go around the country in a mobile unit and help people.

How about a show where a team of doctors treat patients over the Internet? Sure, a TV show about people looking at a computer screen for an hour sounds boring, but you can have them sit in different chairs each week.

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Which of these new shows are you most looking forward to?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 23rd 2009 7:01PM
Network logosThe networks are going to unleash their new fall schedules in a few weeks. Which new shows are in the running? Well, Juliana Margulies is going to be an attorney (again), Kelsey Grammer is going to be a Wall Street CEO who gets canned (you knew you were going to see at least one show with that premise this fall), Lauren Graham is going to be a self-help guru, Chevy Chase and The Soup's Joel McHale are going to be community college students, and Thomas Jane is going to be ... well, Hung.

AOL has a list of the 30 shows that have the best shot at being on our TV screens when the fall rolls around. Not all of the shows will make it, of course. Some we'll never see at all, unless the pilot episode is leaked online. I'm still ticked that ABC didn't pick up Marlowe (with Life on Mars star Jason O'Mara) a couple of season ago. The gallery is after the jump.

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Jericho makes another comeback, just not to your television

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2009 8:34AM
JerichoIt's hard to deny the passion that fans of CBS's late apocalyptic drama Jericho had. Their "nuts" campaign prompted the network to reverse order and bring back the show after officially canceling it. That second season did provide some closure on many of the dangling plot threads, but some fans felt it didn't live up to the quality of the first. Whether this had to do with the reduced episode order or the reduced budget is uncertain, but none of that matters now.

Thanks to the ongoing dedication of those fans, Devil's Due Publishing has inked a deal with CBS Consumer Products to continue the story of Jericho in comic book format. Both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel have had amazing success publishing their new "seasons" in the comic book medium. More recently, Sci Fi's Farscape launched a comic continuation of its own, while many other properties are telling original tales in comics (Eureka, Supernatural and Fringe come to mind). But with Jericho being far less sci-fi/fantasy in its presentation, it'll be interesting to see if its fans follow it to this new medium.

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Yup, they're making a Jericho big-screen movie

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 15th 2009 1:04PM
If According To Jim is the comedy show that will not die, Jericho might be the drama.

The canceled CBS drama (saved by a nut campaign which helped it come back for short second season) is not only airing Sunday nights on The CW (and getting better ratings than some shows the network has had on that night), they're going to make a big-screen movie. Producer Jon Turteltaub tells IfMagazine.com that a feature film is indeed in the works, and that the original cast will be back.

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Jericho alternate ending - VIDEO

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 12th 2008 1:05PM
Lennie JamesMost Jericho fans already know that two finales were filmed: one series finale and one season finale. When CBS canceled the show, viewers were given a neat, positive end to the series. Video of Jericho's alternate ending was recently released, and now we know what the season's cliffhanger would have looked like.

If you read Carol Barbee's description of the original Jericho finale, the clip won't tell you anything you don't already know. It's still cool to watch how everything plays out, though. I don't expect to see Lennie James as Robert Hawkins ever again, so I'll take what I can get. Check out the video after the jump.

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Hey, do you think Jericho will be renewed?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 30th 2008 1:41PM

Jericho billboardI know, I know, you're thinking to yourself, "I thought we went through this already and Jericho has been officially, definitely, and finally canceled by CBS?" Oh, silly people!

Jericho fans just won't quit. The "Save Jericho" people have erected a billboard on Ventura Blvd. in Los Angeles. It looks like a real estate ad, with a sign that says "TV Show For Sale," and includes the CBS phone number and the URL for a web site. They're looking for a new home for the show, and if it's not CBS then maybe The Sci-Fi Channel or another cable network.

Now, I sort of rolled my eyes at this, but what makes it a little bit more confusing is that Jericho producers Carol Barbee and Jon Steinberg called into a radio show during Jerichon and said that they were having meetings with various people and that they were optimistic. Huh?!

[via Franklin Ave.]

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