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Add L.A. Law to the list of reboots.
Creator Steven Bochco is readying a reboot of the beloved NBC drama with original producers 20th Century Fox Television involved, THR has confirmed. It’s far too soon for a network to be attached.
While no deals are done, the studio is in early discussions to revive the ensemble legal drama that ran for eight seasons on NBC from 1986 to 1994.
Bochco announced Monday on The Rich Eisen Show that he’d been asked to reboot the show. During the interview, he revealed that one of the original writers, Bill Finkelstein, pitched him the idea and, after giving it some thought, he now feels there’s a premise for a revival given the law that is relevant now compared with what existed when the show debuted in 1986. He then called the studio and noted that he and Finkelstein are working on a script with the goal of having it completed in October — and that he would ideally love to have many of the original stars return.
Bochco produced the series for its first three seasons before turning over the reins to David E. Kelley and a team that included John Tinker, John Masius and Rick Wallace. The cast included Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Michele Greene, Blair Underwood, Larry Drake and John Spencer, among others. The series picked up 15 Emmy wins through its run, four of which were for best drama.
Reboots have become all the rage on the small screen in the era of increased competition where broadcasters, cable nets and streaming services alike look to cut through the clutter of more than 400 scripted originals with recognizable brands. Key to their development is having the original creators and studio involved.