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'The Event,' 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Canceled

by Jean Bentley, posted May 13th 2011 2:40PM
The EventIn the midst of NBC's flurry of pilot pickups (hooray, Chelsea Handler sitcom!) and series renewals (yay, 'Chuck'!), the network let the ax fall on two of its bubble shows.

Freshmen series 'The Event' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' are both canceled.

According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC will not pick up 'The Event,' its alien drama, for a second season. The show premiered strong, but its viewership slipped drastically throughout the season and just couldn't gain any momentum after its winter hiatus. However, it might not be completely dead: Deadline is reporting that the producers are shopping the show to other outlets, including Netflix.

Deadline is also reporting that 'Law & Order Los Angeles' has also gotten the hook, even after a drastic overhaul that saw Skeet Ulrich get killed off, Alfred Molina change professions, Corey Stoll shave his mustache and Alana De La Garza join the cast.

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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Name Contest: Find Out When the Winning Episode Airs

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 13th 2011 2:00PM
Law & Order: LARemember when we held a contest a couple months back offering you, our dear readers, a chance to get your name written into an upcoming episode of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'?

Scott Hancox of Norfolk, VA, was the lucky winner, and now we're thrilled to announce that the episode featuring Scott's name (yep, the whole thing: Scott Hancox) will air this Mon., May 16 at 10PM ET on NBC.

Congratulations, Scott Hancox*! We really hope you're not the killer. Or worse, the dead body.

Keep reading for a sneak peek at some exclusive photos, an exclusive clip from the episode (which we're hearing could be one of the show's last if cancellations rumors are true).

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Khloe Kardashian Questioned About a Murder on 'Law & Order: LA' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 26th 2011 2:26AM
Khloe Kardashian, 'Law & Order: LA'Those Kardashians are spreading their empire deeper and deeper into scripted fare. After Kourtney appeared on a daytime soap, it was little-big sister Khloe Kardashian's turn on the newly revamped 'Law & Order: LA' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC).

Playing a successful actress version of herself -- see, it's a fictional role! -- Khloe was questioned by detectives Ricardo Morales and TJ Jaruszalski. They talked to her about a publicist who'd been murdered, and Khloe did have beef with the woman.

The Publicist put Khloe in a sub-par designer's dress for the Golden Globes, supposedly on a kickback from said designer.

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Khloe Kardashian Dishes on Her 'Law & Order: LA' Guest Role & TV Guilty Pleasures

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 25th 2011 9:00AM
Khloe KardashianKhloé Kardashian is about to have a run-in with the criminal justice system -- on 'Law & Order: LA,' of course.

The star of 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' and 'Khloé & Lamar' comes under police scrutiny after her stylist is murdered on this week's episode (Mon., April 25, 10PM ET on NBC).

Detectives Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina) and T.J. Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) call on Kardashian (the TV version, at least) to find out just what happened during her last meeting with the doomed stylist.

"I'm kind of a suspect because my stylist and I got into a fight before she died," Kardashian told AOL TV in an exclusive interview. "They come to my set, they're kind of interrogating me, and I just give them my answers."

This isn't Kardashian's first foray into scripted TV. The E! star appeared as herself on an episode of '90210' with her sister Kim earlier this season. However, this time Khloé's flying solo -- not even husband and 'Law & Order' fan Lamar Odom will be by her side.

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Khloe Kardashian Books 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Guest Role

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 20th 2011 2:47PM
Khloe KardashianReality star Khloé Kardashian is getting a dose of the criminal justice system when she appears on an episode of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' on Monday, April 25.

According to NBC, the star of various reality shows on E! will play herself in the new episode called 'Benedict Canyon.'

Kardashian will be a client of a fictitious hair stylist who is murdered. She'll share a scene with Detectives Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina) and T.J. Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll).

Besides appearing in the E! shows 'Keeping up with the Kardashians,' 'Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami' and 'Khloé & Lamar,' Kardashian has appeared on NBC's 'Celebrity Apprentice' and The CW's '90210.'

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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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Jessica Lange Cast in 'American Horror Story,' Oprah to Interview Obamas and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 13th 2011 1:00PM
Jessica LangeTwo-time Oscar-winner Jessica Lange has signed on for Ryan Murphy's mysterious new FX pilot, 'American Horror Story.'

According to Deadline, Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk are currently rewriting the show to make Lange's part a full-fledged third lead. Not much is known about the pilot, other than it follows a therapist, his "force-to-be-reckoned-with" wife (played by 'Friday Night Lights' star Connie Britton) and now Lange as their nosy neighbor.

The series hasn't been picked up yet, but with an all-star cast and pedigreed creators, it seems like a sure thing for the fall season.

In other TV news ...

Oprah Winfrey will sit down for a joint interview with Barack and Michelle Obama. This is the first time the couple will talk with Winfrey together since 2006. The episode will be taped in late April and air May 2. [The Hollywood Reporter]

ABC Family has picked up a fifth new series, scheduled to premiere in 2012. 'Jane by Design' is a little like 'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead' mixed with Maeby's studio executive storyline from 'Arrested Development' in that a teenage girl mistaken for an adult takes on a full-time job in the corporate world. [ABC Family]

The MTV Video Music Awards will stay on the West Coast this year. The show will broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9PM ET. [THR]

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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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Review: 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Gets a Face-Lift, But Was It Worth It?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 11th 2011 11:15AM
'Law & Order: LA' (Monday, 9PM ET on NBC) has gone through some very public growing pains in its first season. The show was abruptly yanked from the air late last fall, and it soon became apparent that 'L&O' creator Dick Wolf was intent on radically rejiggering the cast and/or stripping the show for parts as he tried to keep some version of the underwhelming drama afloat.

He may well have wanted to just present those changes (which include the departure of Skeet Ulrich and a job change for Alfred Molina's character) as done deals upon the show's return, because the implementation of those changes in Monday's first episode is so clunky, stilted and inelegant that it's like watching a desperate matron get plastic surgery.

The second half of Monday's two-hour return is better, but it's hard to see how things could have gotten much worse. 'Law & Order: LA's' transitional episode is, frankly, difficult to watch.

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'L&O: L.A.'s' Terrence Howard Crosses Over to 'SVU' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2011 4:55AM
Terrence Howard on 'L&O: SVU'On 'Law & Order: SVU' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC), DDA Jonah Dekker (Terrence Howard) from 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' appears in the New York offices to peruse a rape suspect. "Your jurisdiction's 3,000 miles heading west," snaps ADA Casey Novak.

"I want the warrant and every last bit of discovery you have by no later than close of business today," he demands. Wait, Dekker is the perp's defense lawyer? Turns out the alleged rapist is his cousin.

"My job here is to ensure that there is no police or prosecutorial misconduct, so we'll be seeing a lot of each other," Dekker threatens.

"Goodie. Just what we need around here: another arrogant prick," says Stabler.

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Alfred Molina on the 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Revamp, His Many Accents, and His LEGO Record

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 5th 2011 2:00PM
Alfred Molina of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'When 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' wasn't getting the ratings that NBC expects from a member of the 'L&O' franchise, the network didn't throw in the towel. In fact, it asked 'L&O' impresario Dick Wolf and his producers to go back and retool the show for the second half of its first season.

Audiences will see the result of that retooling starting Monday, April 11, at 9PM ET. Among the biggest changes is that Alfred Molina's character, Deputy D.A. Ricardo Morales, will return to the LAPD as a detective. The backstory of how that happens, including what happens to who he's replacing, Det. Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich), will be sorted out during the first few episodes of the show's return.

I spoke to Molina last month about his thoughts on the switch, which will involve his working on every episode -- as a D.A., Molina's character was alternating episodes with Terrence Howard's character, Deputy D.A. Jonah Dekker -- and why he decided to go back to series TV after a nine-year absence. I also spoke to the veteran character actor about his many roles (and his many accents), and I found out why he's a record-holder, at least in the world of LEGOs.

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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Contest: Get Your Name Written Into an Episode

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 30th 2011 3:00PM
Law & Order: Los AngelesLadies and gentlemen, do you want to be immortalized forever via television? Yeah, that is a silly question, of course you do!

Well, AOL Television and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' are ready to make your TV dreams come true. One lucky winner will have his name written into an episode of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' TV glory!

But, that's not all -- the winner will also receive a $100 American Express gift card. TV glory and money? Yep, you read that right.

To enter the contest, leave us your favorite 'Law & Order' moment or episode in the comments section. A winner will be selected at random.

Please see the rest of the contest details below.

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Ask Mo: Answering Questions on 'LO:LA,' Sheen, 'Warehouse 13,' 'Chuck' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 8th 2011 4:30PM
Thanks for submitting a bunch of great questions here and via email. So let's get to those queries now.

Keith asks: What's going on with 'Law & Order: LA'? I read about cast changes, but the shows been AWOL for some time now.

Mo says: NBC just announced that 'LOLA' is coming back with a two-hour re-premiere April 11. As many fans know, there was quite a bit of cast upheaval in recent months, as well as job changes for the show's characters. So expect some major alterations when the show returns.

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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]

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NBC Postpones 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Return Indefinitely

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:45PM
Law and Order Los angelesLooks like justice is on hold in Hollywood. In a press release, NBC announced it is postponing the Feb. 8 return of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.'

The shelving comes on the heels of major shake-ups to the cast, including the departure of star Skeet Ulrich. The show is now on hold indefinitely.

The postponement produced ripple effects across NBC's schedule. 'Parenthood,' which had been set to move to Mondays on March 1, will stay in its Tuesday 10PM timeslot for the rest of the season.

'America's Next Great Restaurant' will now premiere on Sun., March 6 at 8PM ET. And 'The Marriage Ref,' which was scheduled to return for a second season at that time, is also on hold until a later date.

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