Continuing the recent trend of iconic shows making a comeback, either by way of a reboot or revival, 20th Century Fox Television is actively developing a reboot of their hit 1980s legal drama L.A. Law, from original series co-creator Steven Bochco, TVWise has confirmed.
L.A. Law originally ran on NBC from 1986-1994 and followed the exploits of upscale Los Angeles law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. Following its successful eight season run on NBC, the cast reunited for reunion pic L.A. Law: The Movie in 2002.
The award winning drama, which is only now being released on DVD in both the U.S. and the UK, was produced by Steven Bochco Productions and 20th Century Fox Television and featured a large cast that included, amongst others, Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Jimmy Smits, Balir Underwood and John Spencer. The original series was created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher.
The reboot is in the early stages and is being devised by Bochco and Billy Finkelstein. TVWise understands that the project does not yet have a network attached and the studio is waiting until the project has been fully fleshed out by the Bochco and Finkelstein before shopping it. In addition to writing, Bochco is also expected to serve as an executive producer on the rebooted L.A Law. There is some talk of surviving cast members from the original returning for the new series.
News of the reboot broke last night, when series co-creator Steven Bochco announced the project on The Rich Eisen Show. “Over the years we’ve been asked to re-do L.A. Law and I always said ‘no, I’m not interested’. Then one of our original writers, Billy Finkelstein, called me about four months ago and pitched doing it again. Bochco also noted that initially he was not interested in a reboot until Finkelstein pointed out that “the kind of law that’s relevant in 2016 did not even exits in 1986”.
“The more I thought about it, the more I though that is kind of interesting”, he said. “So I called my friends at Fox, because they own the show, and they were very interested in having a conversation. Billy and I sat down and we reconceptualized what L.A. Law would look like and be about 30 years later”. According to Bochco, the executive at the studio “were very enthusiastic” and he hopes to have a script ready come October, in time for the next pilot season.
While this reboot has only now gone into development, Fox has been considering such a project for more than a year. Shortly after The X-Files revival went into production, executives at the studio, taking a leaf out of Paramount Television’s play-book, took a look at their archive to identify shows that were “ripe” for either a reboot or a revival, with L.A. Law and NYPD Blue being identified early on as possibilities. If it goes to series it would become the latest in a long line of such projects, including CBS’ long-running Hawaii Five-0 and the upcoming MacGyver.