Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Law & Order Criminal Intent: Premier Delayed

Unofficial sources – and there are many of them – indicate that the USA Network is delaying the start of the new season of Law & Order Criminal Intent. It was supposed to begin on November 7. A new start date has not been announced.

It now is official. Here’s the story from
TV Guide

The season premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent has been pushed back to early 2009, just days before it was scheduled to begin its eighth-season run on USA.

A spokesperson for the show tells that Criminal Intent is in good shape, but that "based on the overall TV landscape and in this economy, it made sense to maximize the value" of the show by airing all 16 episodes in an uninterrupted run during the first quarter of 2009.

Season 8 is notable for its casting changes. Chris Noth (Sex and the City), who played Det. Mike Logan, a character he originated on Law & Order, left the show after three seasons. Replacing him will be the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor Jeff Goldblum. Details on Det. Zach Nichols, Goldblum's character, have been minimal, and he was not scheduled to appear in the Nov. 7 premiere episode. (Typically, the CI roster includes two pairs of detectives — played this season by Goldblum and Julianne Nicholson and series vets Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe — and they alternate episodes, so this is not unusual.) Preview scenes sent to TV critics showed that Goldblum's performance departed from the stammering intellectual roles for which he is generally known (The Fly, Independence Day, The Big Chill).

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is the third series in the crime-procedural franchise produced by Dick Wolf. It originally aired on NBC for six seasons, but it moved to sister netlet USA in 2007, which was widely seen as a strategy to avoid cancellation.

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Amy29 said...

It did seem highly suspicious coming right after bringing L&O mothership back early due to NBC's complete incompetence in programming a load of crappy shows this fall. It would also mean that NBC is telling USA what to do and that is a very bad thing because they can easily bring USA down to their level of epic failure. said...

That sucks!!!

samfan said...

I agree with Ultimate Jeff Goldblum. I just can't believe it!!!

John K. said...

Trying to post this, again.

If it helps any, I thought NBC's Mothership return announcement was sudden and abrupt. Now, I'm not sure what to make of this, but if I was a hardcore CI fan, I'd be rather angry at the Mothership (if it was the real reason for the delay). Because, yes, the timing is mighty suspicious.

Aw, it linked to my LJ community post about this. That's nice, I think. Heh.