'Law & Order: Los Angeles' producers want to make the city the star

LOLA-skeet-ulrich.jpg "Law & Order: Los Angeles" -- or "LOLA" as producers would have you call it -- arrives at an interesting time in the history of the L&O franchise.

Earlier in 2010, the original series abruptly went off the air after a 20-season run. "LOLA" came in as a swift replacement, bearing the unique distinction of being the only series picked up for broadcast before a single frame was filmed or actor cast.

Slowly, over the summer, a series started to come into focus, with heavyweight actors like Skeet Ulrich, Terrence Howard and Alfred Molina all coming on board. And just before the series Sept. 29 premiere (which you can check out the review of right here) producers finally opened up about how the series stays true the franchise, while becoming something of a different beast -- thanks in large part to its location.

"If we could have a house band to provide the vibe, it would be the Red Hot Chili Peppers," says showrunner Rene Balcer of the new aesthetic, "especially as we move forward to the second and third episodes, and get away from the celebrity culture and into the multicultural, multi-ethnic mosaic that is LA."

Balcer and co-executive producer Christopher Misiano sat down with press in their new set to talk about how focusing on the LAPD's robbery-homicide division allows them to utilize the entire city.


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