NBC Benches Law & Order: Los Angeles Following Cast Shake-Up
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Law & Order: Los Angeles won't be returning to the NBC schedule any time soon.
The series was expected to return Feb. 8, but NBC sent out a release on Tuesday stating that they had pulled the show indefinitely from the schedule. The last episode of Law & Order: Los Angeles aired Dec. 1.
Parenthood will instead remain in the Tuesday at 10/9c timeslot for the remainder of the season. The family drama was originally scheduled to move to Mondays at 10/9c beginning in March.
Skeet Ulrich, two actresses exiting Law & Order: Los Angeles
The announcement comes on the heels of what appears to be a massive revamp of the fifth edition of Dick Wolf's Law & Order franchise. Series regulars Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall and Megan Boone will be written out of the show before the season ends.
A show rep denied that the scheduling change was caused entirely by the recent cast shake-up. "It certainly gives it a little more breathing room," the rep told TVGuide.com. "It gives the show a chance to catch its breath and to continue to implement those changes."
When Law & Order: Los Angeles does return, both Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard will be promoted to full-time status. Molina is set to replace Ulrich as the series' lead detective, and will be paired with Corey Stoll.
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The network also announced Tuesday that it's moving up the debut of its reality competition show America's Next Great Restaurant from March 16 to Sunday, March 6 at 8/7c, bumping the previously scheduled return of The Marriage Ref, now coming back at a later date.
(Additional reporting by Hanh Nguyen)