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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' shooting episode inspired by murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen

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Chris Haston/NBC; Inset: Eric Charbonneau/Getty Images

EW has learned that NBC’s revamped series Law & Order: Los Angeles will shoot an episode that’s inspired by the shocking murder of beloved Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, who was shot as she drove through Beverly Hills after the Burlesque premiere in November. The show stars Alfred Molina as detective Ricardo Morales and Terrence Howard as DA Jonah Dekker, who are pictured here together; the inset is Chasen.

LOLA is expected to change up the story a bit: The episode revolves around the murder of another one of Hollywood’s image-producing agents — a stylist. The team quickly realizes that it was not a random crime but actually, a killing for hire.

A spokesperson for LOLA wouldn’t comment on the storyline beyond saying: “Law & Order is fictional.” But as anyone familiar with the series knows, all the iterations of Law & Order frequently rip their stories from the headlines.

The episode is titled “Benedict Canyon,” and is so named after an area of Los Angeles that’s just northwest of Beverly Hills, where Chasen was murdered. “Canyon” will air in May. Law & Order: Los Angeles returns from its creative-rebooting hiatus with a tw0-hour episode on April 11 at 9 p.m. before settling into its regular 10 p.m. timeslot on April 18.

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