Dick Wolf: Why I Fired Skeet From ‘LO:LA’

by | April 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM | Law & Order: LA

Skeet Ulrich on Law & Order:LA (NBC)

Skeet Ulrich on Law & Order:LA (NBC)

Firing Skeet Ulrich from the struggling “Law & Order: LA” was “not something I enjoyed or will hopefully ever have to do again,” producer Dick Wolf says.

“But sometimes somebody has to die so that everybody else can live.”

Ulrich – who played LAPD detective Rex Winters in the series’ first nine episodes — was the first actor hired when Wolf and his team rushed to get the show ready for NBC last summer.

But the West Coast spin-off never caught on with viewers and was yanked from the air in January.

A revamped version returns April 11 with A.D.A. Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina) returning to his former job as a detective and Alana de la Garza joining the cast as A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa, a role she played for four seasons on the original “Law & Order.”

Is This How Det. Winters Dies?

Ulrich will be the first detective killed off the show since 1991.

“It just is one of those things,” Wolf says.  “It is kind of like ‘Gee, I shouldn’t have put the beige upholstery in the car, I should have put the red upholstery in.’

“The show was not performing at the level hat anybody was happy with.  When [new NBC boss Bob Greenblatt] came in, he had problems with the first half of the show more than the second half. He did not mandate the changes but when we came up with the solution, he was fully supportive, which is a major step for a new head of entertainment coming in because obviously it was an expensive change.

“He was willing to make that kind of change in the hope of getting a slightly different chemistry going.”

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