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Corbin Bernsen reprising his role on 'L.A. Law' sequel

Corbin Bernsen will again play womanizing divorce attorney

Corbin Bernsen will again play womanizing divorce attorney Arnie Becker in the sequel series' pilot for ABC. Credit: Getty Images for Paramount Pictures / Roy Rochlin

Original cast member Corbin Bernsen has joined the pilot episode of the "L.A. Law" sequel series ABC announced earlier this month.

"I've often thought about revisiting 'L.A. Law' and Arnie Becker over the years," Bernsen, 67, who earned two Emmy nominations for playing womanizing divorce attorney Becker, said in a statement. "Now seems the perfect moment in time to explore our fast-changing world through Becker's eyes. Fasten your seat belts."

ABC's new announcement describes Becker's character in the pilot as a "former lothario who hasn't changed since the 1980s but the world has. Now in his 60s, he struggles with a rapidly shifting sexual and political landscape." Bernsen’s recent work includes recurring roles on "The Resident" and "Magnum P.I."

Headlining the proposed sequel is fellow original cast member Blair Underwood, reprising his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins. Once idealistic, he has become more conservative, and finds himself in conflict with millennial JJ Freeman — a role for which no casting has been announced — on how best to lead the law firm into the future.

"L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-94), about the personal and professional travails of attorneys and staff at a high-end law firm in Los Angeles, won four Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. Its cast also included Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Larry Drake, Richard Dysart, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Susan Ruttan, Jimmy Smits and Michael Tucker.

Marc Guggenheim ("Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"), who grew up in Port Washington, and Ubah Mohamed are executive producers of the pilot, as are director Anthony Hemingway ("The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") and Underwood. Dayna Bochco and Jesse Bochco, the widow and son, respectively, of original series co-creator Steven Bochco, are additional executive producers via Steven Bochco Productions.

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