Los Angeles moved its periodic breakfast series to Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills for this morning's session with the creator of "Law and Order: Los Angeles." Wolf regaled the likes of City Council president Eric Garcetti, exiting Bon Appetit editor Barbara Fairchild and NBC correspondent Josh Mankiewicz with behind-the-scenes stories from the show. "We are trying to fulfill an expectation of what LA is about," he replied to a question about stereotyping L.A. "The first episode was very deliberate—it’s not going to be Hollywood every week, but I thought it really was the best way to introduce the show, to show that it was really different from the New York version.”
Also this observation about cops:
I spent about a year going to crime scenes with an L.A. homicide detective which was really interesting and I learned a great deal...I fully believe if you go around there is actually a cop gene. It doesn’t matter if you are in Asia, Europe, you can look at a group of people and go cop, cop, cop....
If you took a 35-year-old NYPD patrolman and a 35-year-old LAPD patrolman, the L.A. guy looks like he could be in the Wehrmacht—razor-creased, stand-up straight. New York cops all look like they’ve got two-day hangovers. It’s a different rhythm, because New York is community policing and the LAPD is really a paramilitary organization by design.