|Fallon's War: The Series|
|Genre||Police procedural, action|
|Creator(s)|| Chuck Norris|
|Starring|| Eddie Cibrian|
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
Vanessa L. Williams
|Country of origin||America|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||151|
|Executive producer(s)|| Chuck Norris|
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
|Running time||40-45 minutes|
|First shown in||January 13, 2002|
|Original run||January 13, 2002 – June 28, 2008|
Fallon's War: The Series is an American television series that aired for seven seasons on CBS from January 13th, 2002 to June 28, 2008. It is a follow-up to the TV films Bound By Honor and In the Name of Justice, which in turn are based off of an alternate version of the TV movie Logan's War: Bound By Honor.
Like it's cousin show, Walker, Texas Ranger, the series held a degree of moralistic style. The characters refrained from the use of drugs, and they participated in community service. Martial arts were displayed prominently as the primary tool of law enforcement and occasionally as a tool for the Fallons and company to reach out to the community.
Six months after the end of In the Name of Justice, Logan and Jessica Fallon's freelance private protection/security/investigations agency is doing moderately well. But, deciding they want to expand and do more for their community, they decide to assist the police in investigations. After helping to solve a gang-related murder and seeing how so many young lives the gang life has either taken or endangered, the Fallons and their agency become official police consultant detectives for the Chicago Police Department, and also convert part of their building into a dojo for giving children martial arts lessons in order to keep them out of the gang life. The series follows their efforts to do what they do best: protecting the public and battling injustice in the city of Chicago.
Production & Changes
A month after the release of In the Name of Justice, CBS ordered 13 episodes of a TV series based off of the films. Carlton Cuse, Chuck Norris, and his brother Aaron Norris were hired as executive producers, with Chuck reprising his role as Jake Fallon in a recurring capacity.
Eddie Cibrian, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Tony Todd, Shannon Lee, and Matt Schulze signed on to their roles from the films as the main cast. Due to his commitment to the film 2 Fast 2 Furious, Paul Walker was unable to commit to the main cast, although he would appear as a recurring member, though he later was upgraded to a regular for the third season.
For the Chicago Police Deparment, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) and Tom Wright (Martial Law) were the first to be cast as the Major Crimes Unit's first lead detective and superior. Michael Imperioli and Alan Tudyk soon followed as additional detectives.
It was also announced that, Joe Spano, Morgana Shaw, and Devon Michael would reprise their roles from the movies on a recurring basis.
Gena O'Kelley, Chuck Norris real-life wife, was cast in the recurring role of Nora Davidson-Fallon, Jake Fallon's wife who he met and married between the two movies, and mentioned in the second.
Mira Sorvino was cast in a recurring role as Bethany Cross, an A.D.A. who initally is skeptical of the Fallons, but soon comes to respect them greatly. She was upgraded to regular status in the second season.
Teri Hatcher was also cast as the sexy, but firm Medical Examiner Dr. Viola Stivers, who would help give the team and MCU info on murder cases from her autopsies.
On April 29, 2002, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, and that Mira Sorvino would be upgraded to regular status. Two months later, 7 new recurring roles were announced:
- Lynne Thigpen was cast Leroy's sister Donna, who helps him run the bar.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar and Andy Samberg were cast as reporters Lisa Robbins and Ford Vickers, who like follow the team around
- Elizabeth Banks was cast as Robbins and Vickers' publicist colleague Laura, who turns out to be a childhood friend of Logan and Jessica and a love interest for the former.
- Cameron Bright and Abigail Breslin were cast Laura's children from her previous marriage.
- Craig T. Nelson were cast as the Chief of Police.
Shortly after production began on the season, Shannon Lee became pregnant. The writers decided to include her pregnancy and after giving birth, she left for maternity leave for six episodes, returning for the last three episodes of the season.
On March 12, 2003, Lynne Thigpen died suddenly at her home. Following this, it was announced her character would be written out to have died and be given a tribute, both of which occurred in the seventeenth episode of the second season.
With filming on the second season almost complete, Michael Imperioli announced he would depart the series after two seasons to focus on his other TV series, The Sopranos, as he felt working two TV series at once was too exhausting. Teri Hatcher also announced that she would vacate her role in the series to explore other opportunities. Imperioli later returned for a guest appearance in the fifth season.
On April 13th, 2003, the show was renewed for a third season. That same day, it was announced that Paul Walker would be upgraded to a series regular, and Julianne Nicholson would be cast as Phoebe Weston, a new detective for the Major Crimes Unit.
On May 24th, 2003, it was announced that Angie Harmon (Law & Order) would join the cast in the third season in an "Also Starring" role as Jillian Foxworth the new Medical Examiner. It was also announced that Kelly Hu and Noah Wyle would recur in yet-to-be-disclosed roles, which were eventually revealed to be a Chinese Agent and Laura's ex-husband, respectively.
On June 14, 2003, Tammy Lauren, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Cameron Douglas were cast in recurring roles as a trio of Vice detectives that work with the FPA and MCU throughout the season. The following day, CBS announced that Edward Woodward, William Zabka, and Keith Szarabajka would reprise their roles from The Equalizer in a four-episode arc.
On March 1st, 2004, the show was renewed for a fourth and a fifth season. Two days later, CBS announced Matt Schulze would depart the series as a regular after the third season concluded. Schulze attributed his departure to wanting to focus on other projects, though he would be open to returning for guest appearances in the future. He later made a guest appearance in the fourth season.
On May 16, 2004, recurring actor Sarah Michelle Gellar departed the series, coinciding with her character's death in the season finale.
In summer 2004, Vanessa Ferlito was cast as Rose Lovato, a former NYPD detective, Crime Scene Investigator and forensic technician, and a new member of the Fallon Protection Agency. That same day, it was announced that Kelly Hu would return and be upgraded to regular status.
On July 5th, 2004, filming began for the fourth season. It revealed that Julia Stiles would be cast as Lynn, an ex-girlfriend of Bruce's. A week later, Paul Walker's daughter Meadow, was announced to be cast as Raini, Bruce's long-lost daughter with Lynn. Gordon Clapp, Sigourney Weaver, Tara Strong, and Tina Majorino were also all cast as Laura's parents, sister, and niece, respectively to guest star in four episodes each.
Shortly before production on the fourth season began, Mira Sorvino became pregnant. Unlike with Lee, the writers opted not to include her pregnancy in the season. During most of the first half of the season, Sorvino's pregnancy was hidden multiple ways and after giving birth following production on the tenth episode, she left for maternity leave for five episodes, returning in the sixteenth episode.
In February 2005, Andy Samberg and Cameron Douglas left the series, resulting in their characters being killed off in a two-parter episode.
On April 30th, "Also Starring" cast member Jack McGee announced he would leave the series after four seasons to focus solely on his work on the FX series Rescue Me.
On May 27st, 2005, it was announced that Kelly Hu would not return as a regular for the fifth season. Three days later, Julianne Nicholson also announced her departure from the series after two years. Hu left to film the movie Underclassman; Nicholson left to pursue other roles.
On June 20th, 2005, CBS announced that it had cast Vanessa L. Williams as Ebony Shepherd, a by-the-book Internal Affairs Division lieutenant sent to keep an eye in the FPA-MCU partnership. On July 3rd, Jonathan Lapaglia joined the cast as Callen O'Connell, a new transfer for the MCU from the Narcotics Unit, looking for a new beginning.
On June 29th, 2005, James Rebhorn was added to the reccuring cast as Todd Stallings, a Deputy Chief who disapproves of FPA-MCU partnership and assigned Shepherd to spy on them. His character was later killed off in the season's penultimate episode.
On July 11th, 2005, Adam Beach was cast in the recurring role of U.S. Marshal Percy Falcon, who will assist with Agent Downing and the FPA on some cases; in addition, Philip Winchester joined the cast as David Richie, L.G. Red's new bartender.
On May 7th, 2006, shortly after the 100th episode, the show was renewed for a sixth season.
On May 24th, 2006, four days before the fifth season finale, it was announced that Vanessa Ferlito would depart the series following the end of her contract. Three days later, it was announced that original cast member Tom Wright and freshman castmember Jonathan LaPaglia would be dropped from the show. Their departures were attributed by CBS to the newtork's desire to slightly revamp the show.
On June 10th, 2006, CBS announced that Jason Beghe would join the regular cast as the MCU's new captain. Marisa Ryan, who'd guest starred late in the fifth season would join the cast as a regular.
On June 22nd, 2006, Kellita Smith joined the cast as a new private investigator, a new member for the FPA and Ebony Shepherd's sister. She would join as a regular in her debut in the season's fifth episode.
On August 1st, 2006, it was revealed that Nicholas Gonzalez, who'd been absent in the fifth season, would return for several guest appearances and that J. August Richards would be cast as his new partner.
On May 11, 2007, the day before the two-part season finale, it was announced that CBS had renewed the series for a seventh season of 25 episodes. Ten days later, CBS announced that the seventh season would be the show's final season, as Norris, Cibrian, and O'Keefe decided it was time to move on.
On May 25, 2007, it was announced that both Paul Walker and Philip Winchester would be downgraded to "Also Starring" and recurring status respectively; Walker opted to have his role reduced to appear in 12 episodes in order to work on development for the fourth film in the Fast & Furious franchise, while Winchester reduced his role to focus on other projects. Four days later, Shannon Lee also opted to reduce her role in to "Also Starring" in order to spend time with her family, appearing in 15 of the season's episodes.
On June 2nd, 2007, it was reported that in the wake of Walker, Lee, and Winchster's reduction of roles, Josh Hopkins would join the main cast as a new investigator, an ex-Marine and friend of Bruce's, and that Rory Culkin would be upgraded to the main cast for the final season.
On June 23, 2007, CBS cast Regina Hall and Corey Reynolds in recurring roles as an ATF agent who seeks consultation from the FPA, and Leroy's brother and manager for L.G.'s respectively.
On July 1st, 2007, CBS announced that the producers and showrunners were attempting to bring back as many former main, also starring, and recurring cast members back for the series finale, which they ultimately succeeded in doing.
Due to the 2007-08 Writers Strike, the production crew started to film early in July. The series was able to complete 16 of the episodes before the strike. Following the end of the strike, the writers returned to finish up the final 9 episodes, including the five-part finale arc.
The final episode aired on June 28th, 2008, though the cast and crew admitted in interviews they would be open for more TV films.
Cast and Characters
Fallon Protection Agency
Eddie Cibrian as US Army Staff Sgt. Logan Fallon (dis.)
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe as USN P.O. First Class Jessica Fallon (dis.)
Tony Todd as US Army Master Sgt. Leroy Griggs (dis.)
Shannon Lee as Dawn Wong (seasons 1–6, main; 7, also starring)
Matt Schulze as Jericho "Jerry" McCabe (seasons 1–3, main; 4, guest; 7, recurring)
Paul Walker as USN SEAL Lt. Bruce Jennings (dis.) (seasons 3–6, main; 1–2, recurring; 7, also starring)
Kelly Hu as MSS Agt. Jiang-Su "Janet" Li (season 4, main; 3, 7, recurring)
Vanessa Ferlito as Rose Lovato (seasons 4–5, main; 7, recurring)
Kellita Smith as Loretta Jones (seasons 6–7)
Rory Culkin as Daniel "Danny" van der Lowe (season 7, main; 1–4, guest; 5–6, recurring)
Josh Hopkins as USMC Cpl. Tanner Wolfe (dis.) (season 7)
Chicago Police Department (Major Crimes Unit)
Benjamin Bratt as Detective/Sergeant Carlos Perez
Alan Tudyk as Detective Lance Thomas
Michael Imperioli as Detective Louis Crosetti (seasons 1–2, main; 5, guest; 7, recurring)
Tom Wright as Lieutenant/Captain/Deputy Chief Duncan Wyler (seasons 1–5, main; 7, recurring)
Mira Sorvino as ADA Bethany "Beth" Cross (seasons 2–7, main; 1, recurring)
Julianne Nicholson as Detective Phoebe Weston (seasons 3–4, main; 7, recurring)
Jonathan LaPaglia as Detective Callen O'Connell (season 5, main; 7, recurring)
Vanessa L. Williams as Lieutenant Ebony Shepherd (seasons 5–7)
Marisa Ryan as Detective Alexis Abernathy (seasons 6–7, main; 5, guest)
Jason Beghe as Captain Jack Yates (seasons 6–7)
Morgana Shaw as Helen Ridgeway
Devon Michael as Jesse Ridgeway
Jason Gray-Stanford as Patrick Trindle
Teri Hatcher as M.E. Dr. Viola Stivers (seasons 1–2, also starring; 7, guest)
Jack McGee as Doug Mooney (seasons 1–4, also starring; 7, guest)
Elizabeth Banks as Laura Fallon (seasons 2–7)
Cameron Bright as Owen Royce (seasons 2–7)
Abigail Breslin as Christina Royce (seasons 2–7)
Noah Wyle as Dr. Clark Royce (seasons 3–5, also starring; 7, recurring)
Angie Harmon as M.E. Dr. Jillian Foxworth (seasons 3–7)
Meadow Walker as Raini Harper (seasons 4–7)
Philip Winchester as David Richie (seasons 5–6, also starring; 7, recurring)
Corey Reynolds as Reardon Griggs (season 7)
Chuck Norris as US Army Captain Jake Fallon (ret.)
Joe Spano as FBI Special Agent John Downing
Gena O'Kelley as Nora Davidson-Fallon
Craig T. Nelson as Police Chief Robert Monroe (seasons 1–2, 4–7)
Lynne Thigpen as Donna Johnson (season 2)
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Lisa Robbins (seasons 2–3)
Andy Samberg as Ford Vickers (seasons 2–4)
Nicholas Gonzalez as Vice Detective Joey Sanchez (seasons 3–4, 6–7)
Cameron Douglas as Vice Detective Cruz Jareau (seasons 3–4)
Tammy Lauren as Vice Sergeant Sharon Flake (seasons 3–7)
Julia Stiles as Lynn Harper (seasons 4–7)
James Rebhorn as Deputy Police Chief Todd Stallings (season 5)
Adam Beach as US Marshal Percy Falcon (seasons 5–7)
J. August Richards as Vice Detective Mike Desmond (seasons 6–7)
Regina Hall as ATF Special Agent Keisha Lowell (season 7)
Notable Guest Stars
Loretta Devine - Estella King (Offshoot)
Lee Thompson Young - Greg King (Offshoot)
Michael K. Williams - Leon Davis (Offshoot)
Rory Culkin - Danny van de Lowe (Extraordinary People, Shot in the Dark)
Steven Weber - Reed Powers (Culinary Feud)
James Hong - Tzi Wong (Culinary Feud)
Marques Houston - Rashaad "Rayzah" Baylor (They're Playing My Songs)
Taylor Parks - Jazmine Baylor (They're Playing My Songs)
Mo B. Dick - Kaseem Isaacs (They're Playing My Songs)
Wilmer Valderrama - Ramon Cabaera (Love and War)
Josh Server - Davis Cully (Love and War)
Mila Kunis - Sadie Thomas (Family First)
William Zabka - Rick Speedle (Night Rider); Scott McCall (Meet the Equalizer, Blossom, Sweet & Sour, Rings of Gold)
Triple H - Calvin Jagger (The Juggernaut)
Stephanie McMahon - Aurora Zigfried (The Juggernaut)
Shawn Hatosy - Lenny Cirico (The Founder's Keeper)
Rory Cochrane - Justin Boyer (Soldier vs. Coward)
Stanley Tucci - FBI Special Agent Orville McCavoy (Live or Die (1))
Gary Busey - Grady Quinn (Live or Die (1-2))
Sheldon Turnipseed - Royce Young (Neighborhood Watch)
Marcus T. Paulk - Delroy Young (Neighborhood Watch)
Parker McKenna Posey - Tosha Young (Neighborhood Watch)
David O'Hara - Cameron Malloy (The Homeland)
Melissa Benoit - Debbie Eames (Den of Thieves)
Blake Jenner - Corey Kendall (Den of Thieves)
Marshall R. Teague - Nolan Lars (Den of Thieves)
DJ AM - Manny Bosco (Musical Chameleon)
Edward Woodward - Robert McCall (Meet the Equalizer, Blossom, Sweet & Sour, Rings of Gold)
Keith Szarabajka - Mickey Kostmayer (Meet the Equalizer, Blossom, Sweet & Sour, Rings of Gold)
Grace Park - Kelsi Chan (Fatal Nuptials Part 1 & 2)
Peter Stomare - Adrik Hans (Fatal Nuptials Part 1 & 2)