Martial Law Online
Sammo Law, a top flight cop and hand to hand combat instructor from Shanghai, China comes to Los Angeles to search for a crime boss and a female undercover cop whom his department lost contact with. Once there, his temporary mission is turned into an ongoing exchange position and he is partnered with a pair of cops. As they battle the criminal elements of the city, his skill in martial arts proves to be a big help.
|Series cast summary:|
|Sammo Kam-Bo Hung||-||Sammo Law 44 episodes, 1998-2000|
|Kelly Hu||-||Chen Pei Pei 44 episodes, 1998-2000|
|Arsenio Hall||-||Terrell Parker 36 episodes, 1998-2000|
|Tom Wright||-||Capt. Benjamin Winship 22 episodes, 1998-1999|
|Louis Mandylor||-||Det. Louis Malone 22 episodes, 1998-1999|
|Gretchen Egolf||-||Amy Dylan 22 episodes, 1999-2000|
|Melissa Weing||-||Det / - 22 episodes, 1998-1999|
Jackie Chan, a long time friend of the show's star Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, appears briefly as a background extra in an early episode.
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung's first starring role as well as his first English-speaking role in an American production.
The cast faced turnover from the beginning. Detective Dana Dickson (played by Tammy Lauren) exited the show after Episode 6, "Extreme Measures", as she moved away to live with "her parents" as noted on the following episode. Then on Episode 9, "How Sammo Got His Groove Back", Arsenio Hall joined the cast as Terrell Parker, a wisecracking former LAPD press liaison who began helping out Sammo and the gang on cases. The pairing of Hung and Hall as partners was similar to (albeit a bit less overtly comedic) than the partnership between Jackie Chan, and Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour feature films. At the end of the episode "Cop Out", when Sammo Law is driving through Los Angeles, a sign is seen which advertises Rush Hour, as the movie was released at the time of the episode. Tzi Ma, who portrayed Consul Han in Rush Hour, guest starred as villain Lee Hei for six episodes in this series.
After season 2, CBS offered Sammo Hung a third season, but Hung said he would not do it without a final say on scripts, claiming that the new screenwriter CBS assigned to the show for season 2 made him nothing but a fighting machine. An article in the magazine Black Belt mentions that due to the $2 million cost of production per episode the show was cancelled.