Skeet Ulrich Leaves ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’

With the departure of Detective Winters, Alfred Molina's Ricardo Morales takes over his beat.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Skeet Ulrich Leaves 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" is about to undergo a major revamp in the middle of its first season.

Deadline is reporting that series star Skeet Ulrich’s Detective Rex Winters is being written out of the series entirely. Ulrich’s last appearance on the series will be in the fourteenth episode.

However, Winters character will be replaced by a surprising figure who is already on the series: Alfred Molina’s Deputy District Attorney, Ricardo Morales. Apparently, an upcoming episode will reveal that Morales was once an LAPD detective for 15 years before pursuing his legal career. Morales’ return to the force will reportedly stem from a frustration with his career as a prosecutor.

Morales departure from the DA’s office means that Jonah Dekker (Terrence Howard) will now be the only Deputy District Attorney on the series. Prior to the shake up, Howard and Molina appeared in alternate episodes.

“We have the fortune of two world class actors on LOLA, and it was frustrating to have one on the bench every week,” explained "Law & Order" creator and executive producer, Dick Wolf. “It would be like having Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as your quarterbacks, playing alternate games.”

The combination of Molina and Howard will remain in place through at least the end of the first season. Prior to his turn on "Law & Order: Los Angeles," Molina made his name in movies with several memorable film roles in "Raiders of The Lost Ark," "Spider-Man 2," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Maverick."

Additionally, Regina Hall and Megan Boone will also be leaving the series, which means that Wolf will soon be casting for Dekker’s new assistant.

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" will return to NBC’s lineup with new episodes in February.