Friday, September 25, 2009

Vincent D'Onofrio exiting 'Criminal Intent'

The Hollywood Reporter, 9.24.09
By Elizabeth Guider and Roger Friedman

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is planning dramatic cast changes for next season, with four regulars, including star Vincent D'Onofrio, departing.

D'Onofrio is expected to exit sometime during the series' upcoming ninth season, handing over his badge to Jeff Goldblum as the top detective on the major case squad.

Kathryn Erbe, who, like D'Onofrio, has been with the show since its beginning and plays his long-suffering partner Alex Eames, also will be phased out, as will Eric Bogosian, who plays the force's captain, Danny Ross.

As previously reported, Julianne Nicholson, who played Goldblum's partner but has just had a baby, her second, also is leaving. She's being replaced by British actress Saffron Burrows.

Details about D'Onofrio, Erbe and Bogosian's exit are still unclear as the actors' deals are being worked out. The network only recently renewed the Wolf Films/Universal Cable Prods. series for a ninth season, slated to premiere in late spring with a two-parter.

....While D'Onofrio is departing as a regular, it is possible for him to reprise his character in guest stints.

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Cast changes afoot at `Law & Order: Criminal Intent'; Vincent D'Onofrio will depart cop drama
By: LYNN ELBER, Associated Press, 9.25.09

LOS ANGELES — Changes are afoot at "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," with charter cast member Vincent D'Onofrio exiting the USA Network series and recent recruit Jeff Goldblum taking over full-time.

D'Onofrio's character, Detective Robert Goren, will say goodbye in a two-hour hand-off episode to open the ninth season early next year, "Criminal Intent" creator and executive producer Dick Wolf said Friday.

Goldblum, who joined the series last season, will continue as Detective Zack Nichols in the NYPD Major Case Squad.

"After eight seasons, and with the addition of Jeff Goldblum, now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities," D'Onofrio said in a statement.

He added, "I wouldn't be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time."

"Criminal Intent" premiered on NBC in 2001 with D'Onofrio as the series' sole lead. From 2005 through Goldblum's arrival, Chris Noth co-starred on an alternating basis with D'Onofrio.
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23 comments:

janethyland said...

This move was obvious since Goldblums inclusion, but people see what they want to see or what they are told to think. At last they are declaring it. All credit to VDO who clearly stayed on after Warren Leight left to help out that transition for Wolf. Its clear in every career decision he makes that he helps out friends. Together, Balcer,VDO and Leight, reinforced by a committed team of writers, created one of the greatest characters on American television, whether he was a cop or not. For once in the Law and Order universe this character had real soul, and sometimes that hurt. LOCI went way beyond its format with many episodes like Want, Senseless, To the Bone, Blind Spot, Endgame etc. Frame was the natural conclusion to Goren and what followed was an epilogue of formulaic confusion. Season 8 was awful.

Nichols doesn’t interest me but its true the character is very suited to the light entertainment model. As a peudo intellectual it would suit other pseudo intellectuals. But Goren was an exception and VDO played him from the heart. It was genuine and unique.

I know people on some sites have tried to malign VDO. I hope they don’t try to sabotage his exit as they tried to sabotage his presence. Lets now see how successful Goldblum is without him, especially since the Law and Order formula as such has become stale. SVU continues its decline in its premiere this year and Mothership wasnt doing well last year.

I adore Goren and those who made him possible. Seasons 4-7 made this character comparable to a Morse or Wallander; uneven, difficult, fascinating....but always played deeply and always evolving. There may be countless Law and Orders, but there will never be another Goren. LOCI is Goren’s show and Goren was ultimately VDO’s triumph. I’ll always love and admire him for it, and especially for the aria in Blind Spot.

Magnificent work,unforgettable, and thank you.

fuzzytweetie said...

Pure heartbreak......sniff, sniff

The show won't make it with G/E but, I understand that Mr. D and Ms. E have REAL lives and need to do what makes them happy. Good luck to them. They will be missed by many.......we'll always have reruns.............

fuzzytweetie said...

PS. Kudos go to you, janethyland.....Bravo, well said.

Chris said...

i hadn't actually seen season 8 as horrible because of the writing, but that was a good point. it seemed to me that Mr. D'Onofrio was simply bored with his role this last season, and who could blame him? after a climactic and powerful 7th season, you couldn't really top that with "straight" loci scripts. it probably would have been happier for Mr. D'Onofrio if that was his last. leaving brilliant, leaving them wanting more.

don't get me wrong, he is an extremely talented and effective actor - he just seemed "kept against his will", and the wolf-gang should have seen that coming.

i look forward to seeing Mr. D'Onofrio in upcoming endeavors!

samuela said...

I'm too worn out to be angry. I can't even say I wasn't expecting it.
A great tv show is over, thanks for all these years.

Tess said...

I hope USA is looking forward to loosing millions of viewers. If they think Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows can keep CI going...They're delusional.

Shame on them for treating Vincent, Kate and Eric this way.

MarieDeFrance said...

Janethyland is a wonderful tribute you made to Bobby (Vincent) and Eames (Kathryn).

I wanted to thank you as a fan of Bobby and especially Vincent d'Ononfrio.

JanetOOO said...

Well L&O CI........
Ask not for whom the bell tolls.....

Susan1212 said...

This is very sad news. Without Vincent and Kathryn, there is no LOCI. When they go, I go.

All my thanks and best wishes to Vincent and Kathryn. They have given me two fabulous characters to experience, and I look forward to their future projects.

Diane said...

I hope Vincent tells them to shove it where the sun don't shine if they have the balls to ask him to 'guest' in a show that was originally WRITTEN for him.

The show is dead the second Vincent walks out the door, so I DO hope USA signed Goldblum for 2 years and have to pay him for a show no one watches.

USA, you royally SUCK, but I'd like to congratulate you on just committing television-viewer-number suicide!!

grandview said...

With VDO leaving, there is no reason to continue with CI. Everyone knows why it was so successful...He is a magnificent actor.

DonnaJo said...

Beautifully put, Janet.

I wish the show, and Jeff Goldblum, all the best. Vincent has said repeatedly that he would stay as long as the show (and Dick Wolf) wanted him. Meaning that the phase out is at the request of NBCU & USA. Saving money by ditching VDO, Erbe & Bogosian. Will there be be a new Captain, and who will that be?

I am so sad. I had held out hope that the Goren I loved would keep healing & return.

charley_71 said...

My sister was a Buffy the Vampire addict. When they "killed" Buffy, the show should have ended. Instead they moved it to another network and it was horrible from that point on.

"You're free Bobby...you're free" should have been the stopping point for LOCI. While I admire VDO for trying last season...the previous season should have been the stop point. Last season is best watched only for VDO.

My sister followed Buffy because she was addicted....I won't be tuning in to LOCI next season. Will write my own ending.... :)

Congrats to Kate and Vincent on a great series and best of luck in the future! I will miss Bobby and Alex!!!

Bunny said...

I'm not mad, VDO did a wonderful job from the first season until the 7th. He should have been nominated for Emmys for episodes all 8 seasons, like Marishka, yet they never seemed to want to nominate him.. I wonder who he "pissed" off.
I'm not sad, he ain't dead. Now, he can do all the movies he wants, not just cameos or being killed in the first 5 minutes of a movie.
I'm happy for him. Move on! Share your craft with the younger generation, the movies and actors are lacking. SHOW THEM THE WAY, OBIWON!
:)MOZEL TOV!

ps. Depending on the writing, I'll give LOCI, with Jeff and puffy lipped Saffron (isn't that a spanish spice?), MAYBE, another 2 seasons. Any takers on this bet??

Sharon said...

I am really saddened by this news. Truely the writing was on the wall - as soon as Goldblum came aboard, all the hype was about him. Look at that publicity photo with Vincent & Katie in the background - I knew then this was going to happen.

I was a late comer to CI - I didn't start watching until Chris Noth came on as Logan (I had loved him on the mothership). The first episode I ever saw was his, but in watching the other weeks (and then thru the reruns), I quickly became a huge fan of Vincent's. Those early episodes of Goren/Eames are tv classics.

I liked Annabella, Jamey & Ron - I think the show truly began to suffer when they left. I never warmed to Julianne or Eric (mainly because I have trouble separating his character's dislike of Bobby from him). Goldblum I've only ever liked in two things: Jurassic Park and Independence Day - everything else he has done was inconsequential in my eyes.

It's true that Season 8 for the Goren/Eames episodes was lackluster - showing those episodes out of filming order showed us that USA (and all others in the decision making process) had no respect for Vincent or Katie - the network was just going thru the motions.

I'm sure Goldblum came on board making more money than Vincent - so I always find it laughable when executives start carping about saving money.

I also blame Dick Wolf for this. I understand that when Vincent was sick, Dick Wolf stepped up and allowed the format change so we could still have Goren/Eames). But it has seemed to me for a long time that Dick Wolf's only true interest was the "mothership" and having it become the all-time longest running drama. Is it worth having the title of "longest-running drama" when the show clearly stagnated years ago and should have been cancelled? Wouldn't it have been better to have gone out with some dignity and respect knowing the show was in top form?

Sixteen episodes of Goldblum (or even one) do not interest me. I will mourn the loss of Bobby & Alex, and be thankful that Vincent & Katie stuck it out as long as they did. I hope they continue to treat us to new performances for many years and I look forward to those.

I will always have my DVD sets - and after Season 5 comes out, I won't have to buy more because I taped all the G/E episodes from 6, 7 and 8. But I will miss new episodes and I will now have to find something else to watch, and that won't be easy consider what a vast wasteland televsion programming has become.

Jennifer said...

I am not one to comment on stories, though I'm a regular visitor to the Reel Blog. I feel compelled to comment on this one, though. I am sorry to see Vincent D'onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian leave the show, but I wish them all the best. They will truly be missed.

Thanks for all your fine work, guys.

Liz said...

I'm writing this 'off the cuff', so-to-speak, with no editing. So this is from the heart. I feel that we've been truly blessed to have an actor the quality of Vincent D'Onofrio on the small screen for all these years. His performances were brilliant and yes, he should have won many Emmies. I watch my DVDs and time and time again, I'm amazed, not just at his 'big scenes' which of course always thrill me, but of the many many subtle moments, the pauses, the gestures, the eye contact - well I could go on and on and you all know what I mean - everything he does that makes watching him so addicting, so compelling.

There simply is NO Law and Order: Criminal Intent without Vincent D'Onofrio, without Robert Goren.

Pairing him with Kathryn Erbe was a stroke of genius, they are inseparable. There is no LO:CI, without Alexandra Eames.

Why not just end the misery now.

I won't watch USA network - period.

As many have said and i agree - I look forward to VDO's work on film and any projects he has planned. I love Bobby Goren with all my heart but I love Vincent D'Onofrio the most, and I can't wait to see what he has planned.

I am sad, though, I have to admit. But I know that VDO has something up his sleeve to make us happy! Strength and honor!

SEP said...

Well said, Janethyland and Jennifer. I'll miss watching LOCI (can't stand the Nichols character). I hope the Reel will keep up the excellent coverage of VDO's career.

pauline said...

LOL@Diane's comment

Well i cant say im not suprised.
I was obvious Vincent was bored with the last season..cant blame him. I prefer the show to stop before becoming horrible..but ill miss it a lot, because i was used to wait for spoiliers, new season promo pics..its always hard when a show stops..beside i found in the fan's community a lot of nice and awesome people, that i will miss. Kudos to fictions, writes,the reel and all the fan who were here from the begening.

I'll miss seeing Vincent and Kate interacting together.
I hope they wont kill any of them as a final (except for Ross, i dont mind him much).

Anwyay, was nice to meet you all, and thanks to Mr Wolf for his show

~~
signed : some sad french fan

tate31nym said...

Seems it has been confirmed.

"After eight seasons, and with the addition of Jeff Goldblum, now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities," D'Onofrio said in a statement.

He added, "I wouldn't be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time."

Pauline said...

Worse is,he's gonna leave in the first ep, so we wont even have a last full season with him

SnarkAngel said...

While I'm still a little shocked at what seems to be a sudden departure, I have to agree with janethyland. I'm not going to get angry. I just can't see myself watching the show after Vincent, Kate, and Eric leave. I just wish Vincent, Kate, and Eric all the luck in the world regarding their future endeavors.

rad-er said...

Others have summed it up so well, Janethyland, Liz, etc...
Vincent's Goren has always been the heart and soul of LOCI and for eight memorable years we have all been mesmerized by this character our creative genius painted with every broad and subtle gesture. Thank you for those years of great television, Vincent and Kate. All the best to you.
Guess it means a new future for me too— life after LOCI. Nothing and noone else on television compares.

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