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L.A. is such a great, wackadoo backdrop for the kinds of cases that the franchise loves -- crimes that turn out to be about something completely different from what the early signs indicated. A city that bottle-blond and plastic is definitely hiding something. If the network, the producers, and the writers had all been on the same page at any point in time, they could have produced a show that did for Los Angeles what the original series did for New York, and had the two ever aired at the same time, I think they would have been great bookends for the franchise.
(As TJ muttered in Law & Order: LA episode 5, "Pasadena," bitter much?)
This is why so much of the great television writing talent is on cable now -- you rarely see this kind of bureaucratic asshaberdashery from cable networks (the AMC/Lionsgate/Mad Men circus notwithstanding). It seems to be a level of idiocy reserved for the land of Network Television, and NBC in particular (remember Conan?). I feel like it would be hard to produce a quality product when you're encountering that much interference from the businessmen. The standard operating procedure in cable seems to be to hand the money to the showrunner and just let him make his television program. I'll let you guess for whom I'd rather work.
In any case, my quiet love affair with Det. Jaruszalski comes to an end. I will miss him, I will miss LOLA, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (now in its final season), and the Law & Order franchise altogether. Now, all that's left is to start saving up for the DVD sets.
(okay, maybe it wasn't so difficult to articulate my thoughts, after all.)