Many TV watchers, myself included, may remember the days when NBC’s formidable “Law & Order” franchise ruled the airwaves and re-defined the crime procedural forever. These days, despite its substantial fan base, the brand seems to be suffering. Although I’m not much of a fan of Dick Wolf’s earlier cell-smashers, I was a little excited when NBC ordered up “Law & Order: LA” to replace the canceled original series.
Admittedly, this was mostly because I’m an LA resident, so I can feel superior when I recognize the neighborhoods they shoot in. Although LOLA debuted decently, the ratings dipped low enough to send the show into a long hiatus that only ended last Monday with a hyped-up two-episode return/Chinese fire drill, where the underrated Alfred Molina’s character was thrust back into the spotlight as a cop. If you’re already a fan of get-the-bad-guy TV, but roll your eyes at romantic and familial side-plots à la “Bones” and “Body of Proof,” I would actually recommend the revamped LOLA.
It was solidly entertaining. You can check out both new episodes on Hulu. Start with “Zuma Canyon,” if you, like many viewers, wish to see Detective Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and his cheesy one-liners die a painful death.
Will LOLA narrowly avoid entombment next to spinoffs “Trial by Jury” and “Conviction” come May? A better a question might be: Why is “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” the only “L&O” show to win its timeslot the past few years? Yes, that’s the one about heinous sex crimes — what is wrong with everybody? Well, if you’re wondering what’s going on with Dets. Benson and Stabler these days, you can catch up with them on Hulu Plus.
Go ahead, you know you want to. Remember, the following story is fictional, but Dick Wolf’s name is not.