"Law & Order: Los Angeles," the newest version of the crime drama that will debut later this month, is pledging to carry on the same tradition as the original "L&O" show by hiring local theater talent, reports the Los Angeles Times.
In a city filled with television veterans, having fresh faces on the show is a benefit, the story says.
Executive producer Christopher Misiano says because the show is a verite-like drama, unknown faces help portray that feeling.
"Those are the people you love to find — people who haven’t broken into television yet," he says.
Each "L&O" episode usually has between 30 to 40 speaking roles, and producers are searching for actors who can learn their lines quickly because each episode is shot on an eight-day schedule, the story points out. Given that there are about 1,000 theaters across Southern California, the show’s producers should find plenty of talent to tap, the article notes.