Are they about to take new clients at McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak? L.A. Law co-creator Steven Bochco said this morning that he and 20th Television are developing a new take on the Emmy-winning legal drama that aired from 1986-94 on NBC. Bochco spilled the news on The Rich Eisen Show.
“Over the years we’ve been asked to redo L.A. Law, but I’ve always said, ‘No, I’m not interested,'” said the 10-time Emmy winner, who also co-created Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. “One of our original writers, Billy Finkelstein, called me about four months ago and pitched doing it again.” Bochco said he still wasn’t interested but that the writer reminded him that the kind of law that’s relevant in 2016 didn’t even exist in 1986. “And he’s right,” Bochco said. “So many interesting legal aspects of our society just simply weren’t in play then.”
He said he and Finkelstein sat down and “reconceptualized what L.A. Law would look like and be about 30 years later.” They got a meeting with Twentieth Century Fox TV, whose execs “were very enthusiastic about it — so we’re developing.” He added that they probably will have a script ready in October, in time for next pilot season.
Eisen asked of any other castmembers from the original series might be involved. “I think a couple, but we’re not sure yet.” Watch a clip of the interview above.
A revived L.A. Law would join the myriad reboots of old series dotting TV now and this fall including Fuller House, Twin Peaks, MacGyver, 24: Legacy, Prison Break, The Tick and others. The series won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series four of out of five years from 1987-91.