Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" Tackles Los Angeles' Neighborhoods

"Law & Order" heads to Los Angeles starting tonight, with the launch of NBC's "Law & Order: Los Angeles."

"LOLA," as the show has been nicknamed, airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. (at least for now) in the slot once held by the original "Law & Order." This new edition promises to follow the traditional "Law & Order" format -- but utilizing L.A. locations and ripped-from-the-headlines stories.

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" is so taken by its surroundings that each episode of season one will be named after an L.A. neighborhood. So far, episodes have been titled "Hollywood," "Echo Park," "Sylmar" and "Harbor City" (that one takes place in San Pedro and Palos Verdes).

Former L.A. blogger LA City Nerd (come back, Nerd!) once counted as many as 180 L.A. neighborhoods, as designated by those blue signs throughout the city. That should keep "LOLA" busy for quite a while.

(I do love that whenever another cop show sets up shop in Los Angeles -- think "Southland" -- the producers think they're the first to showcase the lesser-known parts of L.A.)

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