3:40pm PT by Rick Porter
'L.A. Law' Sequel With Blair Underwood in the Works at ABC
The law firm of McKenzie Brackman is reopening.
ABC is developing a sequel to L.A. Law, with Blair Underwood set to reprise his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins. He'll also be an executive producer on the project.
Arrow-verse veterans Marc Guggenheim and Ubah Mohamed are writing the update and will executive produce. Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson) is attached to direct and will also be an EP. The project comes from Disney's 20th Television, which produced the original series.
Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, L.A. Law ran from 1986-94 on NBC and won four Emmys for outstanding drama series. Underwood joined the show in its second season and was a regular for the remainder of its run.
In the potential sequel, Rollins has grown more conservative over the years and now clashes with a younger attorney over the direction of McKenzie Brackman, which focuses on high-profile, boundary-pushing cases. Other cast members from the original may also make appearances should the project go to series.
Bochco's widow, Dayna, and son Jesse are also executive producers via Steven Bochco Productions; Jesse Bochco was a key figure in bringing the project together. Hemingway's producing partner, Simon Mirren, and Dan Shaw are also involved.
Underwood's recent TV work includes Netflix's Self Made, When They See Us and Dear White People and ABC's Quantico. He's a Tony Award nominee this year for best leading actor in a play for A Soldier's Play. He is repped by ICM Partners, Thruline Entertainment and Felker Toczek.
Guggenheim is repped by Syndicate Entertainment; Mohamed by Gersh; and Hemingway by WME, Gotham Group and attorney Tom Hoberman.
L.A. Law is among a recent flurry of reboots and sequels to older series to go into development, joining the likes of Night Court (NBC), Little House on the Prairie (Paramount TV Studios/Anonymous Content) and a primetime version of All My Children called Pine Valley (ABC), among several others.
Deadline first reported the news.