Out with the old and in with the new. “Law & Order: Los Angeles” had a strong premiere that was set in the city’s most famous locale — Hollywood. Led by Skeet Ulrich and Alfred Molina, “LOLA” quickly distinguished itself from its predecessors by amping up the pop culture references and incorporating elements that can only be found in Southern California. The show is off to a promising start. Check out the review…

The Players:

  • Director: Allen Coulter
  • Written By: Blake Masters, Dick Wolf
  • Cast: Alfred Molina, Terrence Howard, Skeet Ulrich, Corey Stoll, Regina Hall, Megan Boone

Episode Title: “Hollywood”

Some of Hollywood’s hottest young stars have become victims of a string of burglaries. For the most part they go unchecked until a woman is almost beaten to death and one of the thieves are killed while trying to pull another heist. Detectives Rex Winters (Ulrich) and TJ Jaruszalski (Stoll) are on the case and they peruse through the industry’s highest and lowest media whores to get to the bottom of the robberies, which leads them to a starlet (Danielle Panabaker) and her mother (Shawnee Smith).

The Good:

  • So Hollywood: Staying with the theme of “Hollywood,” this episode featured a bootleg Lindsay Lohan, paparazzi, a rip off of the MTV series “The Hills,” Disney’s Dance School movies, and a $2,000 shirt that had its own Facebook page. Only in LA.
  • Line of the Night: When looking over some paparazzi footage Detective Winters noticed that Chelsea was with each victim on the night they were attacked. He said, “One: that’s random. Two: that’s a coincidence. Three: that’s a pattern.” Dun, dun, dun!
  • The Twist!: Nick Manto (Oded Fehr) was the husband of Trudy Sennett! Who saw that coming? And all this time it looked like Nick was just a random sleazebag who ran a nightclub.
  • Mira Furlan!: Danielle Rousseau from “Lost” made an appearance during this episode as a famous photographer. I’m so used to seeing her look dirty and unkempt that this change was more than welcome. Her part wasn’t that big but she was a pleasant surprise.
  • What’s Done in the Dark: Trudy was caught between a rock and a hard place when Morales (Molina) revealed that he would bring in K.K. (John Patrick Amedori)  as a rebuttal witness. If that happened, Chelsea would know that she sold her to him for $400,000 to be his girlfriend for 6 months. You could see the fear in Trudy’s eyes when she saw where his argument was going. What’s done in the dark eventually always comes to the light.
  • Rex Winters: Ulrich is likable and believable as Winters. He’s patriarchal and has a bit of a soft spot. The ending scene with him and Chelsea illustrated that. He saw her alone after her mother was carted away and stepped in to keep her safe from the paparazzi. I think we’ve found our Elliot Stabler of the bunch!

The Bad:

  • Alternating Characters: Terrence Howard nor Megan Boone were featured in this episode. They are the peers to Molina and Hall’s characters, so I’m assuming they’re going to switch them out every other episode? Do were really need 2 Deputy D.A.s and their assistants? This is the reverse of “SVU” where they have two pairs of cops and one legal aid.


“LOLA” seems like a decent entry in the “Law & Order” franchise. The cast is great (even though we didn’t see them all) and the stories will definitely be a lot different from what we’re used to watching on “SVU” and “Criminal Intent,” which is what it needs. There has to be more than just location that sets it apart.

Rating: 8/10

“Law and Order: Los Angeles” airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on NBC

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