Show returns April 11 following lengthy hiatus
NBC is finding a new home for formerly deposed drama “Law and Order: Los Angeles.”
By the time it returns April 11 with a new two-hour episode, the Dick Wolf skein will have been off the air for more than four months.
Although the first episode back will debut at 9 p.m., show will air in its new 10 p.m. Monday timeslot the following week and thereafter. Currently, the net has “Harry’s Law” at 10 o’clock Monday; it started strong Jan. 17 and is currently NBC’s most-watched show with 11.3 million viewers per episode.
As part of the relaunch, “LOLA” has undergone some cast changes. Skeet Ulrich, who played one of the lead LAPD detectives, is gone, and Alfred Molina, formerly a D.A. on the show, now fills Ulrich’s shoes.
Also off the show are Megan Boone and Regina Hall, who played deputy D.A.s. Coming aboard is Alana de la Garza, a veteran of the original “Law and Order” series. She will play a deputy district attorney.
Terrence Howard, Rachel Ticotin and Corey Stoll remain co-stars.
In its eight episodes on the air earlier this season at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the show averaged a 2.5 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, with an average of 9 million viewers overall.
Show, from Universal Media Studios, is exec produced by Wolf, Rene Balcer, Blake Masters, Christopher Misiano and Peter Jankowski.
On the reality side, NBC said country music singer Blake Shelton would be the fourth and final musician coach for upcoming reality competition series “The Voice.” Previously announced coaches are Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine.
“The Voice,” hosted by Carson Daly, is set to launch April 26.