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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' takes a break from NBC [Updated]

January 18, 2011 |  4:08 pm

Skeet1 "Law & Order: Los Angeles," the West Coast revamp of the landmark New York-based "Law & Order" franchise, had been scheduled to return to NBC on Feb. 8 following a hiatus of more than two months. But the series will be off the air for a bit longer.

Back in November, NBC announced that starting in February,"Law & Order: Los Angeles" would run on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.,  when"Parenthood" had been airing. Now NBC says that "Parenthood" will stay in that slot for the remainder of the season. [Updated on Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m.: A previous version of this post mistakenly mentioned "Parenthood" previously airing on Monday nights; it has been corrected.]

Executives said "Law & Order: Los Angeles," which is informally known as "LOLA," will return to the prime-time slate on a date yet to be determined. They added they are pleased with the ratings for "LOLA," which has been one of the few new highlights of NBC's schedule.

The drama remains in production, filming two more episodes featuring Skeet Ulrich in his lead role as a police detective. Ulrich will then leave the series, and the character played by Alfred Molina -- a deputy district attorney -- will move to the detective squad. 

The network also noted that the competition series "America's Next Great Restaurant" will premiere March 6 instead of the previously set March 16. "The Marriage Ref," which was scheduled to return for its second season March 6, will come back to the schedule at a later date.

---Greg Braxton

Photo: Skeet Ulrich in "Law & Order: Los Angeles." Credit: Dean Hendler / NBC