Law & Order: Los Angeles – Fail or Fly?

In January of this year, NBC programming chiefs announced that talks have begun between the network and Law & Order creator Dick Wolf for a new spin off.  It looks like the 20-year franchise may be stepping out from the cold, gray streets of New York City and trying to serve a little justice in sunny Cali-forn-I-A.  The result, Law & Order: Los Angeles.

One thing I’d miss is the large overcoats, as well as other chique winter gear that the New York cast usually sports.  It’s not like I’m expecting Magnum P.I. attire or anything.  I’m sure they’ll be nice & stylish when they start busting heads on the west coast but I’m afraid they’ll somehow pull off a douche bag vibe when they rock blazers and designer shades in the warm afternoon sun.

In New York City, the locations are all pretty much condensed.  Out in the “wild wild west,” we can probably expect to see detectives stuck on the 101, trying to get back  to the precinct after interviewing some leading suspects.  This would lead to more cell phone conversations…. or maybe thrilling text messages.

I wonder what they’re gonna do about the hot leading lady.  The franchise has a history of casting strong jawed brunettes such as Alana de la Garza, Mariska Hargitay and Jill Hennessy.  The shared characteristics of these actors are common on the east coast, where there is a large Italian influence.  Will they keep the same mold out in the golden state or will they go blond?  Perhaps a Latina?

Alana de la Garza
Mariska Hargitay
Jill Hennessy

I’m sure the NBC drama making machine won’t stray too far from the formula that has Law & Order tied with Gunsmoke for the longest running crime drama on American prime time television.  We’ll have to wait and see.  Maybe Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter as detective partners?  One can always dream.

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