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‘LA Law’ Sequel Series Gets Pilot Order at ABC

Blair Underwood will reprise his role from the NBC legal drama

ABC has ordered a pilot for a sequel to “L.A. Law,” with Blair Underwood returning.

Underwood will reprise his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins alongside a new crop of young lawyers. It is not known if any other original cast members will return.

Here is the logline for the new version:

The venerable law firm of McKenzie Brackman reinvents itself as a litigation firm specializing in only the most high-profile, boundary-pushing and incendiary cases. Blair Underwood reprises his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins, who has gone from idealistic to more conservative as he clashes with millennial JJ Freeman to decide the best path forward for the firm to effect political and legal change.

Marc Guggenheim will write and executive produce alongside Ubah Mohamed, with Anthony Hemmingway directing. Jesse Bochco, the son of the late Steven Bochco (who co-created the original series), will also executive produce.

The original “L.A. Law” ran for eight seasons on NBC from 1986-1994, and spawned a reunion movie in 2002. Along with Underwood, it starred Corbin Bernsen, Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Michele Greene, Larry Drake and John Spencer.

The NBC version touched on numerous cultural and hot-button issues of the late 1980s, including the AIDS crisis, abortion, capital punishment, racism and homophobia. It won 15 Emmys throughout its run, including four for Outstanding Drama.