Breaking: Terrence Howard joins “Law & Order: Los Angeles”

By Fred Topel Law & Order fans are still mourning the death of the 20-year-old crime show. Executive Producer Dick Wolf made an announcement to the Television Critics Association fall press tour to assure them the show’s creators are doing fine. To help expedite grieving, Wolf announced a major new addition to his latest spin=off, Law & Order: Los Angeles.

“I now feel like the manager of the ‘61 Yankees,” Wolf said. “We’ve got Terrence Howard joining Alfred Molina switching off as the other district attorney.”

His announcement preceding that news was stoic. “Obviously Rene [Balcer] and I and the hundreds of others associated with Law & Order in New York were extremely disappointed the show didn’t come back for a 21st season. That’s business. Everything in television is borne under a death sentence. They just don’t tell you the date of execution. We had one of the greatest runs on the mothership.”

But Wolf and company are looking forward. LOLA as NBC is casually abbreviating it, is a new opportunity for the Law & Order family.  “We’re here to talk about the future. The past is the past. This is a new show. We have had an enormous opportunity out of the disappointed to bring along many people who’ve been a part of Law & Order over the years, Rene and the bulk of the writing staff. We are doubly blessed in terms of the new blood.”

Stick with those positive thoughts, because even Wolf rules out a resurrection of the mothership Law & Order series, on cable or otherwise. “I can confirm that it has moved into the history books.”

Law & Order: Los Angeles is coming this fall to NBC.


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