'Law & Order' LA and UK aim to fill a void
September 28th, 2010
05:12 PM ET

'Law & Order' LA and UK aim to fill a void

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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  1. Jerry

    I found one episode of Law and Order UK on Youtube and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to watching it on BBC America and I really hope they consider bringing it to NBC out here in the US. I think it would do really well.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sheppard

    Nothing has ever compared with the original 'Law & Order' (exception: that little blond guy at the end of the series; didn't care for him), but I'll be watching the first episodes of L&O LA to see what's up. Really like Peter Coyote – he's a Sam Waterston kinda guy, a little off-beat and always interesting.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sharon

    I've watched many of the UK episodes already. I prefer the UK version (don't really know why). Bradley Walsh was also on Coronation Street for many years. He is a riot!

    September 29, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. dennis

    goren eames,wheeler,nichols, the best show on t.v. better then law and order and svu,more intelligent then all the csi's keep it on please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    One of the stars of the show is already well known – Jamie Bamber from Battlestar Galactica, but check out his co star Bradley Walsh a comedian and an actor – http://www.bradleywalsh.co.uk he gives a great performance.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. b badger

    I love Martha Jones.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pers

      That's nice – but Martha Jones isn't IN IT.

      Freema Agyeman, who played Martha Jones, is however...

      Please don't confuse the character with the actor – it's discourteous.

      September 29, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • b badger

      i love martha jones. sorry for my terrible internet skills. and im sorry that your precious Freema Agyeman made me care about a character.

      September 29, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. khocolatemoose

    It's hard to say goodbye to Law & Order Criminal Intent. I'm not huge on television (I prefer films), but Bobby Goren is one my favorite characters ever. I hate how his character left the show; it definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. That being said, I think I'll give Law & Order LA a shot. Who knows, maybe it will some cheap imitation of Goren, an imitation that would still be worth watching.

    Feel free to add to the conversation about films at http://khocolatemoose.wordpress.com/

    We'd love to hear what you think, and often.



    September 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |

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