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USA Sets April 19 Return for Criminal Intent, In Plain Sight

USA Network declares that "it is reclaiming Sunday nights" by pairing the venerable Law & Order: Criminal Intent with the fresher-faced In Plain Sight , starting April 19. Season 8 of Criminal Intent will air Sundays at 9 pm/ET, followed by Season 2 of In Plain Sight (starring Mary McCormack as a U.S. Marshal working in the specialized branch of the witness protection program). Criminal Intent, which this season replaces Chris Noth with Jeff Goldblum, was initially scheduled to debut in November 2008, just three months after Season 7 wrapped. In October, the cabler announced the series would instead return in early 2009, presumably so that all 16 episodes could air in a row. But come late January, USA further shuttled CI to "summer 2009." (Technically, April 19 qualifies as "spring.") Not nearly as much drama has surrounded the return date for In Plain Sight, which last year was cable's No.1 new original series in two key demos. Source here

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Pushed Back to Summer 2009

New episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent won't air until summer 2009, according to a USA Network spokesperson, the second such delay in four months. The eighth season was initially scheduled to debut in November 2008, just three months after Season 7 aired. Then, in October, the netlet announced the season would shift to early 2009, presumably January, so they could air all 16 episodes in a row - the same reason they cite for this latest push-back. Season 8 is notable for its casting changes. Chris Noth (Sex and the City), who played Det. Mike Logan, left the show after three seasons, and has been replaced by the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor Jeff Goldblum, who plays Det. Zach Nichols. Preview scenes sent to TV critics in the fall showed that Goldblum's performance departed from the stammering intellectual roles for which he is generally known ( The Fly , Independence Day , The Big Chill). The show's spokesperson said that Goldblum's arrival, however, was not responsible for the delays. Source here

Law & Order: CI Pushed Back to 2009

Law & Order: Criminal Intent was set to premiere on USA Network next Friday, November 5th, but it has abruptly been delayed until sometime in the first quarter of 2009. A spokesperson from the show has stated that, "based on the overall TV landscape and in this economy, it made sense to maximize the value" of the program, which means holding off now and airing the show's 16 new episodes in an uninterrupted run in early 2009. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to you CI fans. Source: TV Guide

ER Casting: Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance, probably best known for his work on Law & Order: Criminal Intent , has signed on for a multi-episode arc on the upcoming season of ER . He'll be playing husband to Angela Bassett, newly minted ER regular and real-life spouse to Vance. Guess the on-screen chemistry should be fiery... This is the first time that the two have worked together. Source: TV Guide

Jeff Goldblum Joins Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Jeff Goldblum, who was seen relatively recently on television on the shortly lived Raines , (though most of us probably remember from older flicks such as Independence Day and Jurassic Park) has joined the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent . Goldblum will replacing Chris Noth, who has finished his run on the franchise (he also played the same role on the original Law & Order for over 100 episodes) as of the end of this season (which is still filming). Says producer Dick Wolf about Noth's departure, "Chris has been a member of [our] family since the beginning, and Mike Logan is one of the most popular detectives in the history of television. We all wish him the best." How do you think Goldblum will do on the show? Source: TV Guide

USA Orders More Law and Order: CI

Law & Order: Criminal Intent moved from NBC to USA last October, after it had been on NBC for the past 6 years. It was unclear if the show would survive after its current season - the show's 7th (half of which aired in the Fall and the remainder of which will begin airing June 8) - but luckily it has been performing well on USA and will be sticking around for at least 16 more episodes. Source: Variety