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Röhm Lays Down the Law

January 24, 2005 12:00 AM

That was quite a surprise ending on NBC's "Law & Order" for Assistant D.A. Serena Southerlyn, played by actress Elizabeth Röhm. We knew she was leaving, but not that she would go out with such a bang. At the end of the Jan. 12 episode, written by Richard Sweren and Lois Johnson, she departed in a final scene that was personally written by executive producer Dick Wolf. Ms. Southerlyn was called to her boss's office, where D.A. Arthur Branch (former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson) told her that prosecutors need to be cold and dispassionate, and that she was too warmblooded-and fired her. She then dropped her own bombshell by asking, "Is it because I'm a lesbian?" With surprise on his face, he replied, "No." She said, "Good," and it was over. Blink asked Ms. Röhm how it came about. She said Mr. Wolf asked her whether she wanted her exit to be "something splashy" or "something simple." "Something splashy, of course," replied Ms. Röhm. When Mr. Wolf mentioned the L-word, Ms. Röhm confessed she had "toyed with the idea" as part of her secret back story for her character. "So we just said, 'Well, let's do it.'" Ms. Röhm said there are no plans to bring her back. "It was just a really great sendoff amongst friends." She now plans to be bicoastal, moving between her New York base and L.A., while she seeks "character-driven TV shows or maybe movies." The former soap star will be seen this spring in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous." --MICHELE GREPPI

A Showbiz Companion

Parodying entertainment news shows must be harder than it looks. Comedy Central had two shows in development to fill the half-hour following its acclaimed news parody, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." An insider told Blink that one pilot, "The Hollywood Show," featuring former "Daily Show" correspondent Brian Unger, has been dropped. The other, "Gone Hollywood," co-created by actor David Spade," has been sent back to the shop for a few tweaks. And one of those adjustments apparently will be a replacement for host Greg Giraldo, a comedian who regularly appears on Comedy Central. Despite the problems with the pilots, an insider said the network is convinced a showbiz show is a natural and will eventually get on the air. --JON LAFAYETTE

Peldon Perseveres

Two days after she was accidentally stabbed on the set of Tobe Hooper's indie horror film "Mortuary," actor Courtney Peldon was back at work last Friday. Ms. Peldon, 23, who had recurring roles as Becky Emerson on "Boston Public" and as Jonathan

Taylor Thomas' girlfriend Lauren on "Home Improvement," was wounded during a fight scene. One of her co-stars apparently was given a real knife instead of a fake knife by the prop department. Ms. Peldon's injury required stitches and plastic surgery, according to her publicist, who declined to comment on the specifics of where she was stabbed.

"Mortuary" tells the story of a family that moves to a small town to run a mortuary, which turns out to be haunted. Maybe places do exist that are more dangerous than public schools.