Terrence Howard joins NBC's 'LOLA'

What's happening on the West Coast, where TV critics have once again invaded an unsuspecting hotel -- this time it's the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, and are grilling actors, producers and the occasional network honcho:

Lafayette Hill's own Terrence Howard is the latest name actor to join NBC's "Law & Order: Los Angeles," executive producer Dick Wolf announced yesterday.

Already onboard: Skeet Ulrich and Alfred Molina. Howard and Molina will be sharing the workload as lead prosecutors on some sort of yet-to-be-determined schedule, which should allow both actors to continue their film careers.

Meanwhile, it's time to let go, "Law & Order" fans.

Despite persistent rumors of a cable channel picking up the mothership of the "L&O" franchise to give it a record-breaking 21st season, it's apparently dead.

And so is "Deadwood," in case you're thinking of asking again. Oh, and "Jericho," too, which explains why Ulrich was available.

"I can confirm that it's moved into the history books," Wolf told reporters.