Monday, December 6, 2010

Chris Brancato Taking Over 'Criminal Intent'

Hollywood Reporter, 12.6.10
by James Hibberd

Chris Brancato is taking over showrunning duties on USA's Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

The writer has a list of credits that include episodes of Law & Order: SVU, Boomtown and the original Beverly Hills, 90210.

L&O franchise veteran Walon Green is stepping down from the top post and leaving the show.

The showrunner shakeup is the latest in a series of changes for the CI's tenth and final season. Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe are returning to the show, but Jeff Goldblum and Eric Bogosian exited the series.

The final eight episodes of CI will air on USA starting in April.

Thanks Sharon!

14 comments:

Tess said...

90210 and Boomtown. Wow, could I be any less impressed.

DonnaJo said...

Great News!

Flowers said...

April??!! That's 4 months away...aaarrrgghh!

tate31nym said...

The good news (?) is the one episode of the X-Files he wrote is actually one good enough to remember... Never seen the SVU one... Anything has got to be better than Green.

janethyland said...

Could be good, if he is given the freedom to use his imagination. Boomtown was way ahead of its time,innovative....which is why NBC didnt understand it!

trigger said...

The show fell apart on Walon Green's shift, so here's to hoping Chris Brancato can elevate it back to the level where Rene Balcer kept the show. That's a lot to hope for, fingers crossed. Please, please, please...let's have good writers turn out quality scripts! Eight more episodes with our favorite detectives--the team that the show was built on and could not survive without...is that too much to ask?

Jane said...

Finally some news on the show, I have to say it needs some fresh eyes so to speak because Season 9 was crud.

samuela said...

Boomtown was a noteworthy show, tried new approaches and that can easily lead to no audience success.
I'd rather see this kind of creatve effort in LOCI new season, even if this means taking risks, than the Green stuff we got sick of. I'm quite sure Vincent is glad to try new paths too.

val said...

And good riddance to Walon Green.

jamie said...

Happy Landings show and he is a handsome man also.

auroragyps said...

[quote]tate31nym said...
The good news (?) is the one episode of the X-Files he wrote is actually one good enough to remember...[/quote]

Ooh, he wrote 'Eve'? I guess I'll give him the benefit of the doubt then, since that is one of the most amazing X-Files episodes ever. It aired in '83 & I still quote it to this day... "We just knew."

Diane said...

While I'm thrilled Mr Green has departed, I'll have to reserve judgement on this guy until Season 10 starts, although I fail to see how things could possibly be any WORSE than losing a million viewers during Season 9. Nice one Walon!! I'm just hoping dear dick hasn't decided to be a cheapskate 'cause he's not looking at the final season of 'Criminal Intent' but has his eyes on the 'prize' of the possible new show he's been promised...

trigger said...

While every season has its great moments as well as its less shining ones, Season 8, under Walon Green, seemed to have fewer of the former and too many of the latter. I cannot comment about Season 9 beyond Loyalty, but I did keep an eye on the ratings, out of curiosity. Once casual fans of the show realized that Goren and Eames were not coming back, the ratings took a nosedive and never recovered. Blame for that can't be placed solely on Mr. Green's shoulders, unless he was responsible for firing Vincent and Kate. In any event, I am pleased they decided to go with a fresh showrunner. Hopefully, he will live up to our expectations. In spite of the way USA behaves toward its viewers, isn't the show filmed and produced for us, its fans? That was always my understanding...and if USA fosters any doubts of that or any residual feelings of grandeur, maybe they can take a peek at the ratings for season 9 again. What a bitter pill for the network to swallow, looking at the proof that the fans, after all, were right, and they were wrong.

Sandy said...

I agree with Jamie. His looks caught my eye right away too, indeed nice looking. I'm so excited about season 10, and like all of you , hoping writers, producers , and crew make this the best one yet, although in my opinion, season 6 and 7 will be hard to beat!

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