Wednesday, April 14, 2010

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' recap: Are you missing Goren and Eames?

EW.com |4.14.10
by Ken Tucker

Last week, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Eric Bogosian were ushered out of Law & Order: Criminal Intent with all the finesse of a bouncer at a cheap nightclub. In a lumpy hour that forced D’Onofrio’s Goren and Erbe’s Eames to act as supporting players to Jeff Goldblum’s Zach Nichols and Saffron Burrows’ Serena Stevens, Goren and Eames had a brief farewell scene together (Bogosian was in a body-bag by then), and the new era of L&O: CI began.

Last night, we saw the first full-fledged Nichols-Stevens edition of CI, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio taking the position of their new captain, Zoe Callas. It was an ungainly hour. Guest stars Kevin Conway and Marin Hinkle starred as residents of an Irish enclave of Queens involved in a murder that was so easily solved, extra air-time had to be given over to long close-ups of Goldblum looking soulfully into space, and all of it was framed by a perfectly awful song sung by someone with a gravelly voice meant to convey a grit that wasn’t present in the script.

If I’m being hard on Criminal Intent, it’s because I feel a little cheated — I’ve always liked this Law & Order franchise. D’Onofrio became too much of a self-conscious showboater as the seasons progressed, but Erbe was never less than first-rate, always undervalued and kept in D’Onofrio’s big shadow. CI also, over its run, has featured some of the best female characters in the L&O franchise. Julianne Nicholson and Alicia Witt were terrific in the show. At its best, CI has possessed the leanness of the original Law & Order’s crime-solving first half, and without the blubbery emotionalism that makes Law & Order: Special Victims Unit almost unwatchable for me. Full article

Thanks Linda!

6 comments:

Tricia972 said...

Does anyone know how to find out the new CIs ratings verses last weeks? I can't find it and I'm very interested to see just how far the ratings dropped once all the Vincent fans left.

SnarkAngel said...

Laughable!

Pauline said...

Ditto ...

thereel said...

Tricia,
From TVbythenumbers.com -
The post Goren/Eames era on Law & Order: Criminal Intent began down only slightly with 3.219 million average viewers (vs. last week’s 3.47 million) and level in the adults 18-49 demo with a 0.9

havers said...

Nice compliments for Kathryn...but they arrive too late.

Diane said...

Personally, I didn't expect a huge drop-off this week, as people tuned in to see if there was any mention of 'The Dear Departed', but given the level of anger that still seems to be out there, my guess is the ratings-plunge starts here!

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