L.A. Heat (TV series)

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For the unrelated 1989 film L.A. Heat, see L.A. Heat (film).
L.A. Heat
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GenreAction
Created byJoseph Merhi
Richard Pepin
Written byWilliam Applegate, Jr.
Joseph John Barmettler
Joseph Merhi
Richard Pepin
Mark Sikes
Directed byJoseph John Barmettler
Art Camacho
Bryan Goeres
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Jerry P. Jacobs
Cole S. McKay
Kevin Mock
Richard W. Munchkin
Richard Pepin
Robert Radler
Joey Travolta
Bill Tunnicliffe
Paul G. Volk
StarringWolf Larson
Steven Williams
Dawn Radenbaugh
Renee Tenison
Composer(s)Stephen Edwards
Louis Febre
John Gonzalez
John Sponsler
Alex Wilkinson
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes48
Production
Executive producer(s)George Shamieh
Running time60 mins. (approx)
Production company(s)PM Entertainment Group, Inc.
Release
Original networkTNT
Original releaseMarch 15 – May 19, 1999

L.A. Heat is an American action series starring Wolf Larson and Steven Williams as Los Angeles police detectives. The series aired on TNT for two seasons beginning March 15, 1999.

Show history[edit]

Produced by PM Entertainment Group, Inc., L.A. Heat began filming 1996, in areas that included Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Long Beach and Hollywood. But due to the fact the show didn't have the backing of a major network, it was not picked up for domestic distribution in the U.S. It was instead sold overseas where, in its second season, it accomplished the impossible: it took the #1 spot away from Baywatch in Germany. The show was also popular in Lebanon after being broadcast on LBC, and was broadcast in other Arabic speaking countries. In France, the show was aired Monday through Friday at 6PM on M6 and reran several times since due to its popularity. The show's big budget car chases and explosions were in part sourced from scenes from feature films also produced by PM Entertainment.

Due to financial troubles within PM Entertainment, production ended in 1998 after just two seasons. A year later, the show finally premiered in the U.S. when it was sold to the cable network TNT. All 48 episodes were shown Monday through Friday at 4PM for almost two years. Afterwards, airings became more and more sporadic, sometimes only a few times a week and in the early morning hours. When TNT's contract to run the show expired, it disappeared from the airwaves and has not been aired on American television since. In 2000, plans to resurrect the show for a third season were underway but ultimately fell through when financing could not be secured.

The show is (as of 2017) available on Amazon Video for $2 per episode.[1]

Premise[edit]

The show follows the action-packed adventures of two Los Angeles robbery/homicide detectives, Chase McDonald and August Brooks. The detectives are as different as night and day, but they work great together at keeping the streets of L.A. safe. Chase also makes extra money on the side by selling metal sculptures he makes himself, while August spends his free time running a youth center for underprivileged teens.

Main characters[edit]

Chester "Chase" McDonald (Wolf Larson) has been with the Los Angeles Police Department for seven years. A risk-taker, McDonald likes to live on the edge and is passionate about his work. Though a born leader, he often needs the guidance of someone with his partner's experience to keep him out of trouble. In his free time he enjoys making metal sculptures. He's in a relationship with Jodi when the series starts, but after they broke up, he began dating a variety of women, but none of them ever worked out. Despite their initial resentments towards each other, he began dating Det. Nicole Stockman towards the end of the second season.

Detective August Brooks (Steven Williams) is a seasoned veteran with sixteen years on the Los Angeles Police Department. In his youth, August was a promising boxer, a contender in every sense of the word, who always put his opponents down in the ring. But after discovering that his manager and promoter were embezzling funds from fellow boxers, and after he was forced to throw his first pro fight, August became disillusioned with the sport and left to join the police academy. Discovering he was a natural at police work, he quickly rose through the ranks of the LAPD to become a detective. He also runs the Hoover Street Youth Boxing Center in his spare time, an old gym he bought and converted into a recreation area for underprivileged children, providing an alternative to gang life. He also served in the Vietnam War.

Kendra Brooks (Renee Tenison) is the love of August's life, and works at the recreation center. Like August, she is known by all the kids who frequent the place, and she helps them with their problems from time to time. She and August have been married for five years at the start of the series.

Jodi Miller (Dawn Radenbaugh) is Chase's girlfriend. Having never been happy with Chase's job, she always expressed concern for his life and tried talking him into quitting many times to concentrate completely into his art. In episode "Killing on Lily Lane", she got a job offer to run an art gallery in Dallas, Texas and began pressuring him even more to quit and come with her. Chase refused to do so, insisting they could work things out, but ultimately, Jodi left without him.

Captain Jensen (Kenneth Tigar) is the high-tempered superior of Chase and August. Despite the aggravation they usually cause him, he still considers them his best detectives. Despite appearing frequently in all but a few episodes, Kenneth Tigar is never billed in the opening titles, only at the end of each episode's billing of guest stars.

Recurring characters[edit]

Cragmeyer (Christopher Boyer) is the head of the forensics lab and tends to always come through in helping Chase and August uncover clues and other useful information. He has a bachelor's degree is Forensic Science, and was previously a bomb squad commander in the premiere episode before requesting a transfer.

Det. Sam Richardson (Clay Banks) is another detective who assists Chase and August from time to time. He's originally from New York, but transferred to Los Angeles sometime prior to the third episode. Chase was the first cop he met and he wasn't too impressed with him, but he eventually grew to like him.

Det. Benny Lewis (Sugar Ray Leonard) was another detective who occasionally assisted Chase and August. He only appeared in the first, second, and fourth episodes before disappearing without explanation.

Annie Mason (Jessica Cushman) is a forensics assistant who joined midway through the first season. Her father is a detective in Riverside, California.

Dr. Judith Sands (Jessica Hopper) is the department's psychologist, whose assistance Chase and August sometimes require when dealing with the more crazed suspects. Her and Chase had a past relationship until he dumped her, claiming she was driving him crazy by always trying to get inside his head. She also had a somewhat successful (though short-lived) modeling career before becoming a psychologist.

Dr. Samantha Morecroft (Debbie James) is the new head coroner at the start of the second season. She's straightforward and to-the-letter, and is constantly put off by Chase's sly comments and flirting.

Det. Jack Lawson (Michael McFall) is a former D.E.A. agent who used his connection within the police department (his Aunt Grace, the police commissioner) to transfer to the department's robbery/homicide division. He thinks Chase is a little too on the reckless side, but ultimately comes to respect him.

Det. Nicole Stockman (Sandra Ferguson / Jillian McWhirter) is a beautiful but tough San Francisco detective. She came to Los Angeles to deliver a witness to the LAPD. Initially finding herself in conflict with Chase and his methods, they eventually became friends over the phone and through weekend visits. At the end of the second season, she returned to Los Angeles to strike a deal with a crime boss in return for him testifying against Bobby Cole. Her and Chase were getting serious about her transferring to LA so she could move in with him, but she was killed in a hit ordered by Bobby Cole.

Bobby Cole (Gary Hudson) was introduced early in the second season and became the show's only recurring adversary. Known as the "Teflon crime lord," he was a notorious criminal with everyone from politicians to police officers on his payroll and could never be connected to any of his crimes. Everybody in the city knew he was a vicious criminal who had committed dozens of crimes, but no one could prove it. After numerous confrontations, his organization was finally broken down, and Cole was shot and killed by Chase in the series finale.

Other appearances[edit]

  • Sam J. Jones made two guest appearances on the show: as a good guy in the first-season episode "Old Scores" and as a bad guy in the second-season episode "Legacy of A Buffalo Soldier."
  • Angelo Tiffe made two appearances as August Brooks' former partner, Robert "The Falcon" Hatcher, in the episodes "The Falcon" and "Death House."
  • Sarah Douglas made an appearance as police boss "Wilma" in the first-season episode "Electra".

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1999)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Daybomber"Richard PepinJoseph John BarmettlerMarch 15, 1999 (1999-03-15)
22"Too Young to Die"Richard PepinRichard Preston Jr.March 16, 1999 (1999-03-16)
33"In Transit"TBATBAMarch 17, 1999 (1999-03-17)
44"Electra"TBATBAMarch 18, 1999 (1999-03-18)
55"Silicon Sting"Paul G. VolkJacobsen HartMarch 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)
66"Cop Star"Joey TravoltaJoseph John BarmettlerMarch 22, 1999 (1999-03-22)
77"Strange Currencies"Cole McKayWilliam Applegate Jr.March 23, 1999 (1999-03-23)
88"Rage"Joseph John BarmettlerJoseph John BarmettlerMarch 24, 1999 (1999-03-24)
99"Words Will Never Hurt Me"TBATBAMarch 25, 1999 (1999-03-25)
1010"Rap Sheet"TBATBAMarch 26, 1999 (1999-03-26)
1111"For Whom the Bullet Tolls"TBATBAMarch 29, 1999 (1999-03-29)
1212"Old Scores"Richard PepinStory by: Art Camacho
Teleplay by: Richard Preston Jr.
March 30, 1999 (1999-03-30)
1313"My Brother's Keeper"Paul G. VolkNick StoneMarch 31, 1999 (1999-03-31)
1414"211 Kidney"TBATBAApril 1, 1999 (1999-04-01)
1515"Special Order 40"Robert RadlerJacobsen Hart & Joseph John BarmettlerApril 2, 1999 (1999-04-02)
1616"Falcon"Joseph MerhiNick StoneApril 5, 1999 (1999-04-05)
1717"Green Justice"Art CamachoWilliam LaworApril 6, 1999 (1999-04-06)
1818"Smash and Grab"Ken BlakeyStory by: William Applegate Jr. & Kyle Einhorn
Teleplay by: Kyle Einhorn
April 7, 1999 (1999-04-07)
1919"Killing on Lily Lane"Jerry JacobsNick Stone & Nathan LongApril 8, 1999 (1999-04-08)
2020"Death House"TBATBAApril 9, 1999 (1999-04-09)
2121"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"TBATBAApril 12, 1999 (1999-04-12)
2222"Chester Nut"TBATBAApril 13, 1999 (1999-04-13)
2323"Captain Crimestopper"TBATBAApril 14, 1999 (1999-04-14)
2424"Big Guns"Paul G. VolkNick Stone & Shari Lane BowlesApril 15, 1999 (1999-04-15)
2525"National Security"Jerry JacobsRichard Preston Jr.April 16, 1999 (1999-04-16)
2626"Wake Up Call"Richard PepinNathan LongApril 19, 1999 (1999-04-19)

Season 2 (1999)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
271"Fangs"Richard PepinNick StoneApril 20, 1999 (1999-04-20)
282"F is for Framed"Paul G. VolkBob Stiff & David Byron LloydApril 21, 1999 (1999-04-21)
293"Burning Sanctuary"William WarrenRichard Preston Jr. & William LawlorApril 22, 1999 (1999-04-22)
304"Strip Show"Jerry JacobsNick Stone & Shari Lane BowlesApril 23, 1999 (1999-04-23)
315"Eyewitness"Kevin MockNick StoneApril 26, 1999 (1999-04-26)
326"Little Saigon"Richard W. MunchkinRichard Preston Jr. & William LawlorApril 27, 1999 (1999-04-27)
337"John Doe"Paul G. VolkNick StoneApril 28, 1999 (1999-04-28)
348"Widow Maker"Raymond MartinoWilliam LawlorApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)
359"Obsession"Richard W. MunchkinNick StoneApril 30, 1999 (1999-04-30)
3610"Call of the Wild"Cole McKayMichael Gerbosi & Shari Lane BowlesMay 3, 1999 (1999-05-03)
3711"The Bigger They Are"Richard W. MunchkinNathan LongMay 4, 1999 (1999-05-04)
3812"Faces of Fear"Bryan GoeresBob Stiff & David Byron LloydMay 5, 1999 (1999-05-05)
3913"The Monk"Cole McKayNick Stone & Martin H. Lawlor & Michael RobinsonMay 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)
4014"Ties That Bind"Kevin MockBob Stiff & David Byron LloydMay 7, 1999 (1999-05-07)
4115"In Harm's Way"Cole McKayJoseph John Barmettler & William LawlorMay 10, 1999 (1999-05-10)
4216"Bad Reputation"Raymond MartinoNathan LongMay 11, 1999 (1999-05-11)
4317"Danny the Eel"Bryan GoeresBob Stiff & David Byron LloydMay 12, 1999 (1999-05-12)
4418"Cop Killer"William WarrenSimon PorterMay 13, 1999 (1999-05-13)
4519"Professor Benton"Harris DoneNick Stone & William LawlorMay 14, 1999 (1999-05-14)
4620"Legacy of a Buffalo Soldier"Cole McKayS.O. Lee & Helen ColombyMay 17, 1999 (1999-05-17)
4721"Armageddon: Part 1"Paul G. VolkBob Stiff & David Byron LloydMay 18, 1999 (1999-05-18)
4822"Vengeance: Part 2"Paul G. VolkSimon PorterMay 19, 1999 (1999-05-19)

Episodes aired out of order[edit]

TNT aired a handful of episodes in each season out of order, which results in some confusion when watching the episodes in question. (The DVD release does not fix this mistake). Below is a comparison list of the episodes as aired and how they should be viewed.

  • Season 1
Airdate Order Correct Order
"My Brother's Keeper" "My Brother's Keeper"
"211 Kidney" "Green Justice"
"Special Order 40" "Falcon"
"Falcon" "Special Order 40"
"Green Justice" "211 Kidney"
"Smash and Grab" "Smash and Grab"
  • Season 2
Airdate Order Correct Order
"Call of the Wild" "Call of the Wild"
"The Bigger They Are" "Faces of Fear"
"Faces of Fear" "The Monk"
"The Monk" "The Bigger They Are"
"Ties That Bind" "Ties That Bind"

DVD release[edit]

In August 2005, the first season of L.A. Heat was released on DVD by Platinum Disc, LLC. The five-disc set contains all 26 episodes in the same order as they aired on television. Aside from brief biographies for Wolf Larson and Steven Williams on the packaging, there are no bonus features.

Worldwide Airdates[edit]

Although L.A. Heat premiered in the US on March 15, 1999, it premiered earlier in other parts of the world.

Filming locations[edit]

  • The building used for establishing shots of the police station is actually the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, California. It is part of The Japanese Garden, and both are open to the public. Most shots of this building, in the series, are taken from the 1992 PM Entertainment production C.I.A.: Codename Alexa.
  • Sevens, the beachfront restaurant that the characters frequented, is actually the Venice Bistro, located in Venice, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watch L.A. Heat Season 1 Episode - Amazon Video, retrieved 2016-11-06

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