Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jeff Goldblum leaving “L&O: CI”: Replacement ideas?

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By Leslie Gray Streeter | August 05, 2010

In the years that I’ve blogged about entertainment for this paper, I don’t think I have ever gotten comments as emotional (and, in some cases, crazy nasty) as those about Vincent D’Onofrio and Katherine Erbe’s departure from “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” The suggestion that replacement kooky cop Jeff Goldblum could ever fill D’Onofrio’s brilliant, unsettling shoes was heresy, uninformed and, as some suggested, proof that I was actually a USA Network executive trolling the Net. Not true – execs can afford better apartments than mine.

I agree that Goldblum’s Zach Nichols was no Robert Goren, but I loved his elegantly snide weirdness and the way that he, like D’Onofrio, used his physicality as a device to lure in, and then ultimately tower over the guilty. In the end, the naysayers have the last laugh, because Entertainment Weekly.com reports today that Goldblum is leaving the show. There’s speculation that the show might not even be coming back — the ratings were apparently dismal last season.

But assuming that “CI” lives to quirk again, it’s fun to wonder who gets the badge. Might D’Onofrio come back? At risk of asking for more hate mail, I hope not — he’s a wonderful actor, but I thought that Goren’s exit, whether or not it was warranted, seemed pretty final. I’d love to see him as a guest star, though. I don’t think Saffron Burrow’s Serena is a strong enough presence to be lead detective, and I wouldn’t miss her if she’s gone completely, really. Full article

Thanks Linda and Judy!

5 comments:

Diane said...

If C.I. was a dog, a kindly vet would put it to sleep. Goldblum probably saw the writing on the wall (if he saw the ratings, he could hardly avoid it!) and jumped ship before he could be accused of killing another show....

Enough already, let it rest in peace now!

texasfan said...

If Vincent wouldn't come back, I wish Danny Pino would replace Jeff. Cold Case will not have an eighth season so Danny would be a great CI detective; in my humble opinion. Still love Vince though.

val said...

Vincent was, is and always will be irreplaceable. Good riddance to the super-untalented Goldblum.

trigger said...

If USA truly is trying to do an eight episode "miniseason", they had better think twice about it if Vincent refuses to do it. The fans did not leave CI because Jeff Goldblum was there; we left because Vincent wasn't. As dismal as the ratings were last season, I can't see any actor chomping at the bit to come on-board. Vincent, however, would bring the viewers back with him. CI was his show. No one else can save it for its swan song.

Esmee said...

Goldblum did his job very well, and I think it would be a great loss if Criminal Intent wouldn't come back anymore...

Of course, Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe were the best Criminal Intent couple, but I also liked Chris Noth and Jeff Goldblum as leading detectives.

I wouldn't know any replacement... If I should call my favorite actors I would say(Vincent D'Onofrio of course...) Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson and Hugh Laurie, but I don't think either one of them could play the new detective.

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