NBC recently announced that it has canceled “Law & Order: Los Angeles” after only one season.
Actress Tamlyn Tomita had a recurring role as Coroner Miwako Nishizawa, appearing in 10 of the 22 episodes. Her character, who worked with the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, first appeared in the episode “Hondo Field” and last appeared in “Carthay Circle” (each episode was named for an area of Los Angeles).
Other shows in which Tomita has had a recurring role include “Eureka,” “General Hospital,” “24” and “JAG.” She has also guest-starred on such shows as “The Chicago Code,” “Memphis Beat,” “Private Practice,” “CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Mentalist” and “Monk.”
The first series in the franchise that was not set in New York, “Law & Order: L.A.” premiered on Sept. 29, 2010 and its last episode aired on July 11.
The cast included Alfred Molina as Det. Ricardo Morales (originally a prosecutor in the show), Skeet Ulrich as Det. Rex Winters (killed halfway through the series), Corey Stoll as Det. Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski, Rachel Ticotin as Lt. Arleen Gonzales, Terrence Howard as Deputy DA Jonah Dekker and Alana de la Garza as Deputy DA Connie Rubirosa.
The original “Law & Order” ran from 1990 to 2010, becoming TV’s longest-running crime series. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” premiered in 1999 and is still in production.
“SVU” featured B.D. Wong as forensic psychiatrist and criminal profiler Dr. George Huang in most of its episodes. He will not be back in the fall, having been cast as a therapist in a new NBC drama, “Awake,” which is about a police detective (played by Jason Isaacs) who finds himself shifting back and forth between two different realities.
It has been announced that “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” which premiered in 2001, will end its run this year.
“Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (2005-06) still holds the record for shortest run in the franchise. It was canceled after 13 episodes.