‘L.A. Law’ Sequel Gets Pilot Order, Bringing Back Major Star of Original Series

by Michael Freeman

The American legal drama L.A. Law received critical acclaim, winning 15 Emmy Awards throughout its tenure into the 1990s. ABC gave the show a pilot order for a sequel, and it’s bringing back a major star from the original series: Blair Underwood.

Announcing the pilot order Tuesday, ABC also reported Underwood is returning to reprise his role. PEOPLE reports he once again plays Jonathan Rollins, while also serving as a co-executive producer. The original show ran for eight seasons, with Underwood receiving a Golden Globe nomination in 1991 for his performance.

Beginning in 1986, the show followed several lawyers and their staff at a Los Angeles law firm. In addition to viewing their professional lives, fans were treated to their personal lives too. A statement ABC emailed provides a small glimpse into Underwood’s character in the sequel. Rollins “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.”

Though casting details aren’t fully known, some original actors from the series are returning. These include Corbin Bernsen, Jimmy Smits, Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, and Richard Dysart. The late Steven Bochco co-created the original series, along with co-creating Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. Bochco’s widow, Dayna Bochco, and her son Jesse Bochco are both co-producing the new pilot.

Since the original show concluded, Blair Underwood starred in a variety of other shows and plays. Some examples include The New Adventures of Old Christine, Sex and the City, and Dear White People. He also received a 2020 Tony Award nomination for his role in A Soldier’s Play.

David Cassidy Rejected Susan Dey Because He Lacked ‘Sexual Attraction’ to Her

Returning L.A. Law star Susan Dey has had her own share of drama, both onscreen and off. One of her most intense involved her role in The Partridge Family. In this case, co-star David Cassidy reported rejecting Susan Dey’s advances due to a lack of “sexual attraction.”

Susan Dey admitted finding Cassidy handsome and attractive, even admitting she loved him romantically. Apparently, those feelings persisted throughout the entire series. Things came to a head when the two discussed how Dey felt. Cassidy describes the event in his 1994 memoir C’mon Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus.

“She told me in great detail — we must have spent three hours sitting there — how long she had loved me and how difficult it had been for her, and how afraid she was of what was going to happen with our future,” he wrote. “I thought she was really attractive. But sexually — I never had that hunger for her.”

Cassidy later apologized to Dey through a letter, but she did not respond.