September 28th, 2010
05:12 PM ET
Saddened “Law & Order” addicts now have the opportunity for a fix.
While the original series has been canceled and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” will reportedly end after the upcoming season, two new members of the successful franchise are debuting in the days to come.
“Law & Order: Los Angeles” begins on Wednesday night on NBC while “Law & Order: UK” premieres on BBC America starting Sunday night.
The new American spin-off boasts some veteran acting power with co-stars Terrence Howard, Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich and Peter Coyote. The episodes will be named for and set in different L.A. neighborhoods, EW reports, and will have Mariska Hargitay as a guest star.
As for the British version, the initial two episodes we've viewed make us think that the series will stay close to the original – right down to the dramatic “doink doink” sound which heralds the change of scenes.
The show began airing in the U.K. in 2009, and BBC America will present 26 episodes on Friday nights after its Sunday night premiere.
The British version stars Jamie Bamber as Detective Superintendent Matt Devlin, Bradley Walsh as his partner Detective Superintendent Ronnie Brooks and Ben Daniels as Senior Crown Prosecutor James Steel.
According to a network press release, “All scripts have been taken from the U.S. version to retain the grittiness of the original series, but adapted to fit with the British legal system, providing a uniquely British twist.”
That translates to plenty of murder and lots of powdered wigs for the jurists.
Update: In honor of the premiere of "Law & Order: Los Angeles," NBC has announced the chance for fans to appear on-air in an upcoming episode via an interactive mosaic. Fans can insert images of themselves into a mosaic of red carpet pictures featuring the show's stars and later in the season the full mosaic will appear live in an episode of "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
Click here for the mosaic.
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