The big bang theory of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'
In production is
Despite the damp, the crew readies for the big shot of the day -- a fireball from an exploding
"We're in a residential neighborhood," says veteran producer Christopher Misiano ("
Basically, that means the actual explosion -- which would be quite loud and dangerous -- is not being done on the street, but the resulting fireball is. On hand are real Los Angeles firefighters and EMTs, who not only oversee the safety of the stunt but also will play themselves in the scene depicting the fireball's aftermath.
Much of the conversation when the show premiered in late September was about whether it could live up to the original, which was set in
Today's scene could probably not have been done on the original "Law & Order."
"That would be kind of hard to hide," says
"Doesn't it look great?" Stoll says. "It looks like one of those Japanese woodblock prints of the ocean." Ulrich bursts out laughing.
"Awesome, awesome," he says. "I'm not sure what that rivals or beats, but I'll take it."
"It beats me," says Stoll, briefly doffing his plaid cap. "I get to show up 15 minutes later than him."
"It's going to be the hot
On this particular day, only the first episode of the series has aired. So while Ulrich has gotten to meet several members of local law enforcement on set -- the uniformed officers seen in the episodes are often the real thing -- they haven't had a chance to see much of the show.
Ulrich already got pulled over by the
"I didn't tell (the officer) who I was," recalls Ulrich, "but I told him we were doing 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' and that I was talking to Dick. He was, like, 'Where's your license?' To get to my license, I had to remove five or six detectives' cards that I've met -- and he didn't care. Did not care."
After much preparation and a lengthy safety briefing, it's now time for the fireball. It goes off spectacularly without a hitch, turning the unfortunate vehicle into a smoking, charred husk. Unlike the crew and cast's friends and family -- who will get to see one of the many cell phone videos shot -- you'll have to wait to see it on television.