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There's an L.A. Law Reboot in the Works

Some original cast members could return

Tim Surette

The never-ending tide of television reboots has turned over one more gem. L.A. Law, which ran on NBC for eight seasons starting in 1986, may get a new life through a reboot, series creator Steven Bochco told the Rich Eisen Show. The news was first reported by Variety.

"Over the years we've been asked to redo L.A. Law, but I've always said, 'No, I'm not interested,'" said Bochco, who also lists Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue among his credits and most recently brought TNT's Murder in the First to television. "One of our original writers ... Billy Finkelstein, called me about four months ago and pitched doing it again."

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The new project is in the works with 20th Century Fox Television, which owns the franchise, but it is in the very early stages of development. Bochco hopes to have the pilot script ready for contention in next year's crop of new shows.

The task for Bochco now would be to re-conceptualize what L.A. Law might look like now, 30 years after its original run. "There are so many interesting legal aspects to our society today that simply weren't in play then. The more I thought about it, the more I thought, 'Well, that is kind of interesting.'"

Bochco also said that he wouldn't rule out bringing back some of the original cast and characters from the first iteration of L.A. Law. Among the names in the original run were Corbin Bernsen, Jimmy Smits, Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey and Blair Underwood.

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