“L.A. Law” Sequel Starring Blair Underwood Gets Pilot Order at ABC

ABC has given the pilot order for a sequel series to the iconic legal drama L.A. Law, starring Blair Underwood, according to Deadline.

  • The project has reportedly been in the works at ABC since December and will see Underwood reprise his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins.
  • Underwood will also executive produce the new sequel series.
  • The pilot is written and executive produced by Marc Guggenheim and Ubah Mohamed.
  • Anthony Hemingway also executive produced via Anthony Hemingway Productions.
  • In the pilot,  the venerable law firm of McKenzie Brackman reinvents itself as a litigation firm specializing in only the most high profile, boundary pushing and incendiary cases. Underwood’s Jonathan Rollins has gone from idealistic to more conservative as he clashes with millennial JJ Freeman to decide the best path forward for the firm to effect political and legal change.
  • Jesse and Dayna Bochco, the son and widow of L.A. Law creator Steven Bochco, will also executive produce via Steven Bochco Productions.
  • 20th Television, the studio behind the original show, will also serve as the studio for the sequel.
  • L.A. Law won 15 Emmy Awards during its original run, including four for Outstanding Drama Series.

What they’re saying:

  • Executive Producer Jesse Bochco: “We are working with brilliant, brilliant people and I think we’re going to get it to the world.”
  • Executive Producer Dayna Bochco: “We have a fantastic director-producer in Anthony Hemingway and a marvelous writer, Marc Guggenheim, who came to us on L.A. Law. The amount of respect and knowledge, in this case Marc Guggenheim could actually name the number of the episode… We’ve been very privileged, very lucky, and I just know Steven’s looking down on us going, ‘go kids, get it done.”