Tuesday, September 21, 2010

USA Picks Up 'Law & Order: CI' For Final Season With Star Vincent D'Onofrio

Deadline.com, 9.21.10
by Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After months of negotiations, USA Network has closed a deal to bring Law & Order: Criminal Intent back for an 8-episode 10th season with the series' original star Vincent D’Onofrio, who will return as Detective Robert Goren, a role he played for the first eight seasons. Discussions are under way with Kathryn Erbe and other CI alums sans Jeff Goldblum, who recently announced his exit, to come back for the show's farewell season. Throughout the entire dealmaking process, USA's intention was to bring Law & Order CI back only if D'Onofrio agreed to return.

Additionally, USA plans to extend its relationship with Law & Order chief Wolf beyond Criminal Intent. The network's production arm, Universal Cable Prods., which produces the series with Wolf Films, has handed him a pilot commitment for a new project.

Law & Order: CI will return with new episodes next year. “We have been the fortunate caretakers of this legendary series, and we plan to give it the world-class farewell it so richly deserves,” said Jeff Wachtel, USA's president of original programming and UCP's co-head of original content.

He listed several factors that were key in the network's decision to push through with the deal. "First, it was to bring devoted audience for the finale and create an event," he said, noting that the series finale of USA's Monk still ranks as the highest-scripted cable telecast of all time. "Secondly, you have an opportunity to create a new launch pad," Wachtel said as the network plans to use the final season of Criminal Intent to launch a new series or help an excisting series grow much like the final season of Monk was used to launch White Collar.

Given Law & Order: CI's big pricetag as an nine-year-old high-end procedural, especially as it started off on broadcast TV, making the deal was not easy, Wachtel said, praising NBC Universal's cable maven Bonnie Hammer for her help in making it happen. "Everybody had to make concessions, but it is the hallmark of a good deal when everyone has to suffer equally: the network had to absorb some of the cost as did the studio, and Dick and the above-the-line talent were gracious in addressing a very specific set of circumstances."
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4 comments:

Judy said...

Oh, this is wonderful wonderful news. Did USA finally listen to the fans? I can only think they threw a ton of money at Vincent to come back. I hope they really mean it when they say, “...we plan to give it the world-class farewell it so richly deserves”.

SnarkAngel said...

I'm still in shock! Let's just hope Erbe can be convinced to return!

Sharon said...

I hope they shelled out beaucoup de bucks for Vincent & I hope Katie gets the same and signs on.

Working on getting other former cast members - who? Chris, Jamie, Courtney?

And how will they explain Bobby getting fired and Alex quitting?

Can't wait for the explanations - just hope is done respectfully!!!

Diane said...

So, USA FINALLY realised there's no show without Vincent; only took 'em almost a year (and a million less viewers!) then ;0)

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An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

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A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

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Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

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Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
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Filming in St Louis - TBA

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A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

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"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
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