‘Law & Order’ creator Dick Wolf is saying the decision to fire Skeet Ulrich from the franchise’s newest spin-off, ‘Los Angeles,’ was a “very, very painful call to make,” latimesblogs.com is reporting. Ulrich’s character, Detective Rex Winters, will be the second main character killed in the franchise’s history, after the original series’ A.D.A. Claire Kincaid, who was portrayed by Jill Hennessy, was in a fatal car crash in 1996.

Ulrich was fired as part of a creative transition in ‘Law & Order: LA,’ and is being replaced by Alfred Molina, who will portray prosecutor Ricardo Morlaes. The character is set to move from the D.A.’s office to the LAPD to become a detective.

Wolf has continually praised Ulrich, who played one of ‘Law & Order: LA’s lead characters, and was the first actor hired for the series. Even though Wolf enjoyed Ulrich’s performance, the creator agreed with Bob Greenblatt, NBC Universal’s president of of entertainment, that the spin-off wasn’t living up to expectations. Greenblatt felt the first half of the show, which focuses on the police investigation, wasn’t clicking with the second half, which details the prosecution of the suspect.

Part of ‘Law & Order: LA’s problems were blamed on the rush to get the show on the air for the fall 2010 schedule. But Wolf, who said ‘Law & Order: LA’ is now “different and better,” would like to work with Ulrich again in a situation that’s better fit for him.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

14 thoughts on “Dick Wolf Upset Skeet Ulrich's Character Killed Off of Law and Order: LA”
  1. A little more research would show that the first main character killed off in Law & Order was Max Greevey back in 1992.

  2. the first main character killed was Max Greevey, as noted before, the second was Claire Kincaid, the third was A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia played by Annie Parisse (actually one of my all time favorite characters and actresses in the series) … all in the original L&O, the fourth in the franchise would be the police captain played by Eric Bogosian in L&O: Criminal Intent and the fifth would now be Rex Winters (did I forget anybody ?) .. let's go for more accuracy .. lol

    and there was Lennie Briscoe's daughter, but she wasn't really a main character, even thought I loved her too … lol

  3. I may not come back now that my favorite actor has been wrongly killed off, if you want to change the show – do with writing not changing the actors. Or have it on the air without weeks in-between shows. Change the time or night before you kill off favorites

  4. I am very disappointed for letting Skeet Ulrich killed off. Mr. Dick Wolf you have made many bad decisions. The first was to let Bobby and Eames off Criminal Intent. At least, you have the sense to bring them back. Now Skeet. What’s up with you. Evidently you do not listen to he fans!!!

  5. Skeet ulrich’s character was not the second main character to be killed on a L&O franchise show, he’s actually the fifth. Dectective Max Greevey from the original series, ADA Claire Kinkaid, ADA Alexandra Borgia from the original series, Capt. Danny Ross from Criminal Intent, then finally Detective Rex Winters.

    wsw 

  6. I’m not watching the show without Skeet Ulrich. I loved him and he was the main reason I watched the show.

  7.  Watched Law and Order since the beginning, and loved Skeet. He was good enough for Hallmark and Law and Order fires him. I never heard of such a thing. whats wrong with these people, They still dont know what the public wants. What does it take. Im 73 years old and I want Skeet back.
    Thanks
    Sallie Rice

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