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NBC News: IRON MAN’s Howard Joins Molina & Ulrich On L&O: LA!! Rob Lowe Now PARKS Regular!! 30 ROCK To Broadcast Live From 8H!!

Published at: July 30, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! News from NBC’s Friday TCA presentation: * “Iron Man” cast-off Terrence Howard has joined the cast of “Law & Order: Los Angeles” as a prosecutor. * Rob Lowe (“Brothers & Sisters”) will be a regular on “Parks and Recreation” when it returns at midseason. * “30 Rock’s” Oct. 14 episode will be broadcast live from the real 30 Rock’s Studio 8H, home since the mid-1970s to “Saturday Night Live.” (Ironically, “30 Rock” interiors are not normally shot in 30 Rock, but rather inside recreations of 30 Rock facilities in Silvercup Studios, across the bridge in Queens.) Here’s the press release for the new “Law & Order,” which fills in who is joining Howard among the regular cops and lawyers:
OSCAR NOMINEE TERRENCE HOWARD AND COREY STOLL JOIN REGULAR CAST OF NBC’S NEW ‘LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES’ UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – July 30, 2010 – Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (“Hustle & Flow”) and Corey Stoll (“Salt”) will join the regular cast of NBC’s new drama “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET), which premieres September 29. Howard will portray a district attorney and will share the position with Alfred Molina (“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”), who plays Deputy District Attorney Morales, in alternate episodes. Stoll will play Detective T.J. Jaruszalski and will partner with Detective John Winters (previously announced Skeet Ulrich). The announcement was made by Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” and Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios. Wolf said, “I feel like manager of the 1961 Yankees. I have my Mantle and Maris.” “Having Terrence and Corey on board this ambitious new series adds to an already impeccable cast,” said Bromstad. “We are excited to see this series continue in a new locale in Los Angeles that will add infinite story possibilities.” Howard is an Oscar nominee for his performance in “Hustle & Flow.” His recent feature film credits include “Iron Man” and voicing a character in “The Princess and the Frog.” Howard also starred in such films as “Crash,” “August Rush,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” “Ray,” “Wifey,” “Pride,” Idlewild,” “The Players Club,” “Angel Eyes” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” In addition, among Howard’s television are the movies “Lackawanna Blues” (for which he received an Image Award), “The O.J. Simpson Story” and “King of the World” (as Cassius Clay). He also was a series regular in “Sparks” and guest-starred in “New York Undercover,” “NYPD Blue” and “Picket Fences.” Stoll currently appears in the feature film “Salt.” His additional film credits are “Push” and “North Country.” Stoll also guest-starred on “NCIS,” “The Nine,” “ER,” “Law “& Order,” The Good Wife” and “The Unit.” He recently appeared on Broadway in the revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View From The Bridge.” “Law & Order: Los Angeles” is the latest iteration of the most successful brand in the history of primetime television. The series follows the successful model of “Law & Order,” split between the police and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.
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  • July 30, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Terrance will totally work on LO:LA

    by I87D

    Because difficult movie actors tend to LOVE the confines, the long hours, and the procedural storylines of television.... let's see if he lasts a season.

  • July 30, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Howard is a brilliant actor and deserves a stellar career

    by Kal Reeve

    Hope he starts picking up more interesting roles in film.

  • July 30, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Howard's decline continues...

    by Imagikafan

  • July 30, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Terrence Howard is doing TV?!?!?!?!

    by 3D-Man

    That's a shocker. Anyways, can't stand his whiny girly-man voice.

  • July 30, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Glad about Lowe, but...

    by DanielKurland

    He's also a regular on Californication this season, which only started filming in April. Just wondering how he can do both.

  • July 30, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    And 30 Rock doing a live episode?....

    by DanielKurland

    You've really completed your metamorphosis into Will & Grace.

  • July 30, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Herc what about Adam Scott????

    by GravitysRainbow

    He left party down for parks, is he a regular as lowe's assistant? And yes, I know party down was likely gonna be cancelled when he made his decision

  • July 30, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    STARGATE UNIVERSE is better than this crap!

    by DioxholsterReturns

    why not join that?

  • July 30, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Law and Order: Sausage Fest

    by LethargicJ

    Is this the first Law and Order series not to feature the usual partnering of a male detective and a female too hot and too young to be a believable detective routine?

  • July 30, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Is that show still on?

    by RPLocke

    I thought it was canceled?

  • July 30, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Terrence was not difficult

    by Mr. Profit

    He just wanted more money. Big difference. Especially when Marvel wants to pay everyone bargain basement prices to sign on to the initial movie and 30 others... Imagine if they didn't pony up the cash for Rourke in Iron Man 2? He was the best thing about the film... Howard is only going to be on for half a seasons worth of episodes and is sharing the load with Molina, the same way the load was shared on Criminal Intent. <p>And the 30 Rock/Will and Grace analogy someone made above was good. Too many guest stars on 30 Rock. Also whats the big deal about a live episode? "Roc" did it years ago. Actors filming something live shouldn't be hard for them.

  • July 30, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Dioxholster - take a deep breath

    by SmokingRobot

    I know you miss SG1. And Atlantis. But SGU is just not that good. Sure, it's watchable. But it's not that good. Increase your meds and work on getting over it.

  • July 30, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Funny how Don Cheadle was MORE boring in

    by RPLocke

    that Iron Man role. God, he put me to sleep.

  • July 30, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    I LIKED Cheadle as Rhodey

    by 3D-Man

    But he WAS kind of a disappointment. Lackluster is the word I would use.

  • July 30, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    They Really Make It Feel Like They Are Filming in 30 Rock

    by Crow3711

    As normal NBC things are going on around them. I always really liked that aspect of 30 Rock. Actually mildly surprised they shoot in Queens. I figured it might be a studio in 30 Rock they make look like 30 Rock. Interesting to know.

  • July 30, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    RE: LethargicJ

    by obriensg1

    Well out of 20 seasons of the original L&O there was only one season where there was a woman detective. She was the junior partner to Jesse L. Martin. One season later she was gone, replaced with Jeremy Sisto

  • They should be doing shows where every episode is not the exact same dam thing. They are too good for fuckin procedurals.

  • July 30, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Law & Order: Los Angeles casts too expensive for tv???

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I really don't see how Dick Wolf is going to make this series last with all the star power it has consumed!

  • July 30, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    contrary to current sentiment

    by jameskpolk

    I submit that there are better roles on television right now than in movies. The idea that TV actors are somehow less talented than movie actors is outdated. I can name a few big name actors that shine on TV while the movies feature the young, the pretty, and the stupid.

  • July 30, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Whats the big deal about a live episode?

    by Electric Larry

    2 words: Tracy Morgan

  • July 30, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    30 Rock Live show should be...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    An actual episode of the Girlie Show with Tracy Jordan.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    I thought Lucy Liu was in this...?

    by 3D-Man

    Just a rumor?

  • July 31, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Live shows are a gimmick!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Remember ER "live" show andnhow it added nothing? Well get ready for some more nothing!

  • July 31, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Live shows today are still sitcoms

    by RPLocke

    And even they are taped. Oh, and the Late night shows.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    bring back Adam Scott

    by batman713

    His character and Leslie had a ship in the making.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Saen

    by edaday

    I agree whole-heartedly. Maybe next city they can get Depp and Pitt swapping episodes.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    jameskpolk

    by edaday

    There are some fine roles on television, but are you actually implying that Law and Order Anything has those roles. This ain't exactly The Wire. Just because there is some good out there, doesn't mean the majority isn't stealing your brain.

  • July 31, 2010, 5:44 a.m. CST

    We Need LAW AND ORDER: GOTHAM CITY

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

  • July 31, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    My favorite episode of Law & Order is the one...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    …where there's a twist at the end and the killer turns out to be someone different than they originally thought.

  • July 31, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    what about the other great twist ending: "Is this because I'm a lesbian?"

  • July 31, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I'm now in the market for a DVR

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • July 31, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Poor Terence Howard...

    by BigTuna

    Now doing tv. Just 5 years ago he was a huge breakout star and got an Oscar nomination. He's done nothing but crap since and been a pain-in-the-ass that's hurt his career.

  • July 31, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Sifo you are thinking of CSI

    by WickedJacob

    they do get it wrong on LO. Its not amazing television, but come on man you just proved you don't know what you are talking about.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Waiting on the women

    by BizarroJerry

    By my calculations, they need a police lieutenant and a DA's assistant. And I bet they're both women, since we've got none yet. But it seems ridiculous to cast women in the exact same parts that used women when L&O ended.<p>Even if I don't watch this, I hope we don't get yet another woman cop boss. That seems to be the trend with cops shows, though I think its more a matter of the producers figuring they need a woman, but don't want their leads to be women. Right now, Criminal Intent, Memphis Beat and The Good Guys all have women lieutenants. And honestly, how many women can their be running police divisions? I'm sure there are some, but it's gotta be mostly men in real life.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    At least L&O get forensic cops right

    by BizarroJerry

    I think the CSI shows do get the science right, but the forensic guys kicking down doors with guns drawn is just terribly incorrect. Sure, it's done cuz they want the main characters doing the cool stuff and not just helping detectives, but it's just aggravating.

  • July 31, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Will Howard prosecute wife beaters, like himself.

    by sighborg

    Oh the irony of Terrence Howard, a notorious misogynist and woman beater, playing a prosecutor. http://tinyurl.com/c2nfvp What a disgrace!

  • July 31, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Why Tracy Jordan live won't be THAT big a deal

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Hell, he did it for years on SNL and didn't go crazy. He may be somewhat unstable (or so "they" say), but he's still a professional. It may give him freedom to say unscripted random Tracy-isms.

  • July 31, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Lowe a regular on Parks

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    That moves Parks from my must watch list down a few notches to my see it if I happen to see it list.

  • July 31, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    "Live Episode" = "Shark Jumping"

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    Also, Terrance Howard deserves better than a supporting role on an umpteenth spinoff show...

  • July 31, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Yes, bigger news was Adam Scott on Parks and Rec!

    by Drath

    Except that it's not news anymore, and that it spelled the death of Party Down (DAMMIT!), and that despite being noticeable and worthy, he's the guy who dies humorously in the TV spot for Piranha 3D (where are the parents? chomp). All that said, I was more excited for him to be on Parks than Rob Lowe--but they make a funny pair on that show.

  • July 31, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Haven't annoucnced women because

    by Adelai Niska

    L&O has had so many hotties in the past, combined with the expectation of "young and hot" in LA, which raises the bar too high.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Rob Lowe on Park and Rec isn't exactly must-see!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Was that the best they could do?

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 7:55 a.m. CST

    It's only really live for one coast.

    by RPLocke

    All the other time zones will get the tape delay anyway, right?

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Live Episodes are more for the cast than the audience

    by Rob0729

    I am convinced that live episodes are more to appease the cast of a show than provide anything to the audience. It always seems that the cast is always stoked, but the audience seem to only be interested to see if someone fucks up. The episodes tend to be weaker than the standard episode because (especially in single camera shows) lose much of the production value and diversity of scenes.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    L&O: LA is compiling quite a cast

    by Rob0729

    The show may end up sucking, but it won't be because of the actors. I mean we had to suffer through Elizabeth Rohm's wooden delivery for several years on the L&O mothership. No worries of that in the new spinoff.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Mad Men?

    by Crow3711

    Get with it Herc. Just kiddin man. But I would like that tb!

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    BizarroJerry, re: shows with women lieutenants

    by jim

    Don't forget Dexter

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Ok, seriously tho...Mad Men TB

    by Crow3711

    What's the deal

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Good luck getting Howard to report to set

    by NippleEffect

    prying him away from the mirror or the baby wipe dispenser will be quite a task

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Bizarro Jerry and Big Jim

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Add Psych and The Mentalist.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Stop buying into the Marvel spin fanboys

    by parissun

    TH just wanted more money like everyone else got. What are you guys, slaves or communist? You would want more money for your services as well. If TH is guilty of anything, it's not playing the game and kissing Hollywood ass until you get to where you can call the shots.