Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Kathryn Erbe attends the opening night of Cirque Du Soleil "Zarkana" at Radio City Music Hall on June 29, 2011 in New York City.

Who was TV’s greatest detective?

OC Register, 6.27.11

The greatest detective in TV history?

Two recent passing have the Watcher pondering this question.

The first was the death Thursday of Peter Falk, whose beloved character Columbo must be at or near the top of the list. The other was Sunday’s finale – at least on the USA network – of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

The central figure of “LOCI,” Vincent D’Onofrio’s Det. Robert Goren, not only only was a rival to Columbo, he was part of the same fictional evolutionary sequence: the big-brained social-misfit detective. Sherlock Holmes certainly was the first, but Columbo and Goren were among the brightest stones in the chain.

Another trait shared by “Columbo” and “LOCI” – at least in its earlier days – was that the shows’ mysteries’ were not mysteries at all. We knew whodunnit. The drama came from watching Columbo and Goren close in on their prey, discovering what error was made or what ingenious technique would produce a confession.

But who else belongs in the TV detective pantheon? Gil Grissom (William Peterson) of “CSI” for sure. And Jim Rockford (James Garner) of “The Rockford Files.” But who else?

Here’s where I need my readers’ help. I’ll be be trying to narrow down the greatest TV detectives to a top 10. Whom would you select? Drop me an e-mail, or swing by the blog to vote.
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D'Onofrio: 'It's odd' to see 'Law & Order: CI' end, 6.24.11
By Gabe Falcon

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star Vincent D'Onofrio didn't mince words.

"It's odd," he said when asked about the decision to cancel the long-running police procedural. "The fact that we had so many viewers, more than other cable shows, it's odd to see the show end."

It's an assessment the actor shares with fans of the long-running series. "They don't understand. It's all very interesting," D'Onofrio told Today. "You never know what's going to happen in this business."

After 10 seasons and nearly 200 episodes on two networks (NBC and later, USA), "CI" officially comes to a close Sunday night. For D'Onofrio, who played the quirky and complex Det. Robert Goren, the demise of the legal drama is still something of a shock. "There is no obvious reason," he said of the show's end.

Kathryn Erbe, who starred as Goren's partner, Det. Alexandra Eames, echoed the sentiment. "The show was doing so well, we are happy to be here and the fans so obviously overwhelmingly supported us. Who knows?" she told TODAY of the cancellation.

Prior to D'Onofrio and Erbe's return this season (both of their characters were written off at the start of season nine), the show had been falling in the ratings. Season nine averaged 3.6 million viewers, which was down from about 5 million in season seven, which was the first year the show aired on USA.

Since its debut in 2001, "CI" stood apart from the rest of the "Law & Order" franchise, primarily because of the two main characters who — working the Major Case Squad — pursued and ultimately outwitted psychopaths, serial killers and assorted villains.

Erbe said both she and D'Onofrio brought out the best in each other as their roles as Eames and Goren.

"He and I really work well together, we balance each other well," she said. "We really got enormous pride out of turning an informational scene into something more. We're both emotionally complicated people and we're emotionally invested in what's going on, and it comes across.

"I think we both respected each other, "D'Onofrio said of his on-screen partner. "She's such a great actress."

D'Onofrio also credited his character's "cerebral" quality with connecting with the audience. "The trick was to create a modern day Sherlock Holmes, and every scene to show a duality of his work and emotional state," he said of his role as Goren. "That as the task, to show his dedication to his work and his state of mind. And that's Sherlock Holmes."

As for the future of "CI" both actors are keeping their fingers crossed. "The way we did the last show, we didn't say goodbye," D'Onofrio said. "We say goodbye for now. So you never know."

"Maybe there will be more," Erbe added.

D'Onofrio and Erbe did have a personal message they wanted to give to the fans who have tuned in since 2001.

"Thanks for sticking with me for all those years," D'Onofrio told Today. "I am not your typical actor. The best part of my fans understood what I was doing as an actor and the role that I was playing and that's what made it special."

Erbe wanted the viewers to know that she was thankful "from the bottom of my heart."

"Their support is what made (the show) happen and made it possible," she said. "And we are all incredibly grateful and we hope that we will make some more, but until then just know that we are really, deeply filled with gratitude."

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Back from the edge: An icon returns for one last case., 6.30.11
by Andrew Murfett

VINCENT D'Onofrio was done. Detective Bobby Goren, television's modern-day Sherlock Holmes, was a broken man. Onscreen, Goren's career - and with it, Criminal Intent, the Law & Order franchise he anchors - was ostensibly over.

And then one day it wasn't. A confluence of circumstances has lured D'Onofrio back.

Having quit the series in 2009 (he made his debut in 2001), last year's season featured Jeff Goldblum as the lead. However, the ratings were poor and the show was seemingly about to be cancelled.
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Then D'Onofrio received a phone call from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf - the godfather of Crime Time, so to speak - making him a proposal.

Would he return for eight more episodes as Goren?

Wolf's idea was a final mini-season of CI to tie off loose ends. When told Kathryn Erbe, who plays Goren's long-suffering partner Alex Eames would return and writer-producer Chris Brancato would be appointed show runner, D'Onofrio acquiesced. A few days after filming the final episode in New York, the 52-year-old is still buzzing.

''We had a great time on these last eight,'' D'Onofrio says with uncharacteristic zeal.

''It was the right show runner and producer. Dick even did a little writing himself. And then there's Kathryn. It wouldn't work without her. The crew was in good spirits. It's tough to knock them out of the park every time but I think we did.''

Two years on, D'Onofrio blames his original departure on myriad artistic and emotional issues. Goren as a character had become a shell of himself, racked with guilt for the loss of his mother and brother and burdened by a number of psychological issues.

Onscreen, D'Onofrio experienced weight fluctuations and appeared exhausted. Off it, he had been producing, directing and writing a cluster of films.

One such project, Mall, features himself and Chelsea Handler and begins shooting next month.

''I was done with Goren,'' he says. ''I wasn't sure if I would go back. And I wasn't sure I would be asked back.''

From his first episode on, Goren denoted himself as one of television's glorious oddities.

In 2001, with two L&O franchises booming, Wolf developed the concept of a contemporary Sherlock Holmes. D'Onofrio instantly became the key to the character's success and longevity.

''As far as who the character is and what people think about him, it was [the producers] letting me go as far as I wanted in creating a unique detective,'' he says.

''The quirks and the way Bobby is was me trying to develop a character.''

More than any other L&O series, Criminal Intent fixated on psychology. When launched, the series was an instant hit, D'Onofrio endearing himself to a huge fan base with an amusing array of quirks and tics.

His trademark was an ability to unnerve others during investigations. His penchant for walking around a room eccentrically, alternatively staring at the roof with a wide grin or randomly picking up the personal objects of suspects, emasculated those around him.

Surprisingly, despite the theatrical panache and entertainment value in his onscreen persona, D'Onofrio battled for it to even become a part of the show.

''I had to fight it,'' he says. ''It was important to me I had the ability to take what they had written and reconfigure it, not change the words but reconfigure where the characters move and where they say their lines and what props they have and, basically, the movement on the set.

''In these last eight, one of the things that made it so nice is when Chris and I had our meetings, we talked about the long battle I went through in the first few seasons to get that freedom and we shook hands on it. He told me to just go for it. It made a big difference.''

D'Onofrio's own health has been an issue through the show's run, having been admitted to hospital twice while filming in 2004-05. A decision was made then to split the 22-episode seasons in two, with Goren appearing in every second episode and Chris Noth's Mike Logan every other week.

''There was nothing I could do about it,'' he says. ''I just thought, 'This is what I need to do now'.''

In the first few episodes of the final season, which begins screening on Ten next week, Goren appears happier. It's almost as if a weight has been lifted from his shoulders.

In one terrific scene in the fourth episode, Goren and Eames walk along a school hallway and past a group of students on their way to interview a suspect (a teacher). As they walk past the children, Goren sticks his hand out in the air and high-fives a student. Both grin knowingly and the scene continues.

''That definitely wasn't scripted,'' he says. ''I was surprised the kid high-fived me back. And I was surprised they left it in. I'm not sure the audience understands that a lot of the stuff … is done on maybe one or two takes only. So you never know if it's going to be in. It always feels nice when they leave something spontaneous in.'' In a nod to the show's history of psychological storylines, the final season has Goren attending therapy each week with an analyst played deftly by Julia Ormond.

''It was a great idea,'' he says. ''She does a brilliant job. I didn't think I would like it as much as I do.''

Perhaps the least realistic element of the show is the level of Goren's intellect. We're intrigued to know whether he has ever imagined there might be a limit.

Surely Goren's ludicrous depth of knowledge on every topic, from French poetry to science to fine wine, has raised D'Onofrio's eyebrows?

''In all the episodes we've done, [his] intelligence has gotten a bit silly at times,'' he says, chuckling. ''I think the fans that stayed with us were willing to take a leap of faith. Some of my favourite shows were the early ones where it was full bore all out and you had to take a leap, otherwise you're going to hate it.''

Despite appearing in hundreds of films and TV series, D'Onofrio now concedes Goren could become a career calling card. Every time he leaves his house, be it for work or to get a carton of milk, strangers talk to him about Goren. They typically ask the same thing: ''How can he be so smart?''

What pleases D'Onofrio is they smile when they ask.

''They love the fact they hate him for being so smart and they love the fact they're entertained at the same time.''

With this final season remaining faithfully attached to its ''ripped from the headlines'' L&O ethos, expect episodes inspired by Charlie Sheen's meltdown and the failure of the Spider-Man Broadway musical.

The series has been a surprise ratings hit in the US. We leave D'Onofrio with a salient question: will this be the last season?

''It's a good question,'' he says. ''After Jeff left the show, CI was over. That the network [returned] with Dick, the fans should thank them. They kept a lot of people employed. And they gave us the opportunity to do eight great shows.''

Asked whether he would say yes to more then, he is succinct.


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Interview: ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ Executive Producer & Showrunner Chris Brancato, 6.28.11

This past Sunday, after ten seasons of solving crime, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the second spin-off of the now cancelled mothership series, said farewell. The series brought back original leads Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe as Major Case Squad detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames for an eight episode season that was advertised as the series’ last. Although USA Network (the network airing the show) maintains that as of now there are no plans to renew it, decent ratings and fan support indicate there could be more life in the decade old series. No stranger to the L&O franchise, Chris Brancato was tapped to executive produce season ten while also working as the showrunner for the final eight episodes. In this exclusive interview Brancato talks about his time on the show, constructing a final season, and the chances of LOCI returning to the small (or big) screen.

Saunders: This past Sunday marked the series finale of the show, but fan support and steady ratings show there’s still interest in it continuing. Is there a chance the show could come back?

Chris Brancato: When the show was picked up for this season it was agreed upon, or it was understood by Wolf Films, that this would be the last eight episodes of the show. To my understanding that was a decision that was made by the programmers, by the network, etc. What I’ve always liked in regards to Dick Wolf is that he never really views a series as having been over no matter what the network thinks. So do I think there will be efforts made by fans and by the production company alike to bring the series back if possible, yes. I don’t know what USA’s intentions are; certainly the season turned out good from a ratings standpoint and from a fan appreciation standpoint. But again, it’s a numbers game so I can’t tell you for sure either way.

I know for sure on the part of the filmmaking team which is Dick Wolf and his whole organization, myself, and Vince and Katie all of us would like to see it come back. We’d do episodes for USA Network or any other network that would broadcast us.

Saunders: Are there possible movies you would be interested in doing?

Brancato: There’s nothing that I’m aware of specifically related to the continuance of Criminal Intent on a movie level or any series or short order. That said the desire there, and I think we all do, is that this would be eight and it would be over for now. I don’t think any of us thought it would be immediately picked-up as it was running; we just weren’t geared writing wise to continue immediately. So I always thought it would take a while for dust to settle, quote unquote. In terms of what you could do with these characters from the series would be well poised to be a series of movies. Another short order series of episodes, again, those are decisions made by the programmers, not the showrunner.

Saunders: Goren calling Eames by her first name in the finale. Was there any significance to that? If I remember correctly that was the first time Goren ever spoke to his partner on a first name basis.

Brancato: It was kind of amusing. Initially it had been scripted when he comes out [of therapy] he says Eames! So we were actually sitting there in the editing room and we were looking at the theme in its entirety and came to the conclusion that after being team members and partners for all these years it would be more likely for him to refer to her on a first name basis. We weren’t thinking about the subtext. We weren’t trying to address anything other than the characters know each other so well at this point and I think that Goren in that moment is extremely touched that she is there to wait for him, or to see how he’s doing, or to see how it will all work out. So that was what occasion of us having him say Alex instead of Eames.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Actor Jake Weber joins the cast of "Rabbit"

Actor Jake Weber ("Medium") is confirmed for the movie ‘Rabbit’.

Can the 'Law & Order' franchise survive the quiet end of 'Criminal Intent'?, 6.27.11
by Heather Dekin

In 1990, Law & Order started its 20 year reign on NBC as a "ripped from the headlines" show that often surprised viewers with unexpected plot twists. Creator Dick Wolf was the toast of network television. What a difference a few decades make. That show was cancelled last year and most of its spin-offs running out of steam. The latest is USA's Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which ended the series in its 10th season on a subtle note.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent followed veteran Detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe) who returned to the Major Case Squad after a season long absence. Goren was still his unpredictable self and Eames used her quiet intellect to reign him in every episode. Her transition back was seamless, while his was contingent on doing job mandated therapy to determine whether he should still keep his job. The therapist (Guest Star Julia Ormond) goes above and beyond the standard questions to really see what makes Goren tick. She pokes at his demons with a big stick to see what would happen if he was pushed too far. As Goren examined each suspect, he also started to look at his own life and whether his connection to Eames could go beyond their job. Would he be able to keep his job or will he finally go too far where not even Eames could save him?

In terms of conclusions, Criminal Intent's was a mostly satisfying one, except for leaving the status of Goren and Eames' relationship hanging. Of course, the idea of them getting together would've strayed from the L&O formula, but it still would've been a nice ending to see nonetheless. That unanswered question was a doozy to watch, but still not as irritating as the cliffhanger season finale of AMC's The Killing. What made this season work were Erbe and D'Onofrio's tight knit rapport as long suffering partners. D'Onofrio's over-the-top performance was still a joy to watch, even when it bordered on hammy. He had some of the more intense scenes at his therapist's office and some slowburn ones with Erbe. Even though her costar often overshadowed her, Erbe still held her own as the anchor of reason whenever Goren went too far. Luckily, fans were able to have a whole season to say goodbye to the show and their favorite detectives. Law & Order: Los Angeles, on the other hand, was doomed from the start. It was rushed to the airwaves last fall and left audiences hanging for four months before the plug was pulled for good.

Monday, June 27, 2011

‘Intent’ Comes to an End, Still Tormenting Its Star

New York Times, 6.27.11

There are plenty of worthy cop shows, and “The Good Wife” has brought a fresh thrill to the ripped-from-the-headlines procedural. But it was still hard to watch the final episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” without a pang of regret.

The Dick Wolf empire is waning. After 20 years “Law & Order” shut down for good last year. The short-lived spinoff “Law & Order: Los Angeles” was canceled last month. When “Law & Order: SVU” returns in the fall, Christopher Meloni won’t be in it, and Mariska Hargitay will appear in only about half of the episodes.

And “Criminal Intent,” which lasted for 10 years, 6 on NBC and 4 on the USA Network, had its final episode on Sunday night on USA. (NBC, its sister channel, plans to broadcast the finale on Aug. 1.)

The entire season had a valedictory feel. Vincent D’Onofrio returned to the show to reprise his role as Robert Goren, the brilliant, tormented detective who channels the criminal mind while his more prosaic partner, Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe), looks for evidence.

Dick Wolf, who had “Dragnet” in mind when he created the first “Law & Order,” devised a case-based formula that no casting change could derail. “Criminal Intent” was a little different, however. Other actors, including Chris Noth and Jeff Goldblum, rotated in and out of the series, but the show was always wrapped around the oversize persona of Goren, a former altar boy burdened with a schizophrenic mother and a disturbing ability to bond with killers. Viewers of “Criminal Intent” usually knew who the culprit was. The payoff was in watching Goren agonize — each case a personal Gethsemane — to solve the mystery.

His last season was only eight episodes long and tailored to the character’s mental state, and the city’s. Goren, who had been suspended from the force for psychiatric reasons, was allowed back as long as he saw a psychiatrist. (When a character angrily says to Goren, “Are you insane?” Goren replies, ruefully, “The jury is still out on that one.”)

And the cases served as time capsules of current events and hot New York scandals: drug-addled fashion designers, predator priests, Wall Street hucksters, Internet hackers and even a spoof of the star-crossed Broadway show “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Cynthia Nixon, who won an Emmy in 2008 for her guest appearance on “Law & Order: SVU” as a woman with multiple-personality disorder, here did another star turn as a mercurial director not so loosely modeled on Julie Taymor.

The final episode was less campy, but no less topical. In a nod to the creation of Facebook, or at least as it was portrayed in the movie “The Social Network,” Goren and Eames are called into the offices of a social networking site, an online matchmaking service. Aryan-looking twins, like the real life Winklevosses, are suing the site’s founders, claiming they helped develop it. It wasn’t the best or most challenging case Goren ever tackled, but it served its purpose, which was to show that Goren’s intuitive skills didn’t diminish as his psyche healed.

Fewer and fewer dramas are set in New York City, let alone filmed on location. “Criminal Intent” lasted 10 years without leaving the city or changing its formula, and that’s a milestone worth noting.

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The Authoritarian Crime Drama ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’

The American Culture, 6.27.11
S. T. Karnick

I suppose that I am somewhat unusual in never having liked the lead characters of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, nor thought the performances of Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe particularly appealing or praiseworthy. D’Onofrio, of course, was known for his excessively exaggerated performing style in his portrayal of the show’s lead character, Detective Bobby Goren, and I thought that Kathryn Erbe did a good but unimpressive job of depicting an essentially unappealing and uninteresting character in lead detective Alex Eames.

Both characters annoyed me in essence, I suspect, because they were such perfect specimens of a particularly common and grating type of contemporary American: the Priggish Urban Liberal-Progressive Busybody Knowitall Pseudointellectual Snob. And in doing so, the show conveyed a point of view based on authoritarianism, exemplifying the contemporary worldview that the political writer Jonah Goldberg calls liberal fascism.

I imagine that the unappealing character type at the center of Law and Order: Criminal Intent hardly requires any further description for most readers, as it thoroughly infests current-day TV news and talk shows, newspaper columns, Slate and the Huffington Post and other fashionable politico-cultural websites, contemporary art shows, your neighborhood Starbucks, and other such locales made repellant by their presence.

Last night’s episode on the USA Network, the last in the series, had a story line typical of the show’s ten-season run. Several people fighting over profits from a highly popular website are the suspects in the murders of two of the parties in the legal dispute over ownership of the site.Once again, that is, the culprits are big-business bigwigs, which makes for more interesting settings than the usual domestic violence or street crimes that most murders result from, but it is of course ludicrously fanciful for a show that has been fairly realistic in its depiction of police procedures (and which the producers seemed to take a good deal of pride in). In that way Law and Order: Criminal Intent was a thoroughly conventional example of the mystery-crime genre.

The show’s distinguishing feature was Det. Goren’s interest in pursuing each case through an unsystematic but highly intense amateur psychological examination of the various suspects, as suggested in the show’s title. These motives typically showed all Americans outside the East Coast elite as being infected with a variety of irrational and dangerous thoughts.
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'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' series finale: That's it?

EW POPwatch, 6.27.11
by Kate Ward

Last night was the series finale of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, otherwise known as The Social Network Mad Libs. Just look at the set-up: A set of wealthy twins from [Princeton] file a lawsuit against an intelligent [woman] who created a [dating] website, claiming she stole their idea. Meanwhile, 1990s teen heartthrob [James Van Der Beek] plays a partner in the [dating] website with a fondness for partying and drugs. A million dollars isn’t cool, but do you know what’s really not cool? Letting Law & Order: CI go out with such a lazy episode.

Back in February, after USA set the premiere date for the final season of the procedural, I pleaded for the series and its writers to let Vincent D’Onofrio’s Det. Goren die. As I wrote, I felt the most fitting end for the perpetually tortured detective was to allow him to go out with a bang, allowing him to finally be at peace. But watching the final season — during which Goren got police-ordered psychiatric help from Julia Ormond — I was willing to let that idea go. I would have been okay with an episode in which Goren found inner-peace without having to pass onto another world. In which he let go of his inner turmoil involving his incredibly flawed past and family life. In which he bested a CI recurring villain with nothing more than a chess board and philosophy book. But, instead, we got an episode which didn’t even play like a season finale, let alone a series finale.

I get what the writers were doing. Showing Goren ride off with Eames (Kathryn Erbe) after his last(?) psychiatric appointment — during which he was deemed capable of holding down his job without letting it drive him to the brink of insanity — set up Goren as a happy detective, going about business as usual. It’s a fitting end to a series finale that was also business as usual. The episode was normal. And, for once, the detective that led the case was normal. But I couldn’t help but want more. Why not give us an episode that revolved around Goren and his family life, past, and what he wanted for his future? One that tapped into his previous problems at his workplace? One that bolstered his relationship with longtime partner Eames? As EW’s Ken Tucker wrote before Sunday’s episode, “When it premiered ten years ago, Criminal Intent broke with the formula in a significant way: It was essentially a vehicle for one actor, rather than the ensemble piece that all the others were forced by Wolf to be. That’s because the outsize personality of Vincent D’Onofrio over-shadowed any actor with the temerity to squeeze into the TV screen with him.” Considering Goren’s outsize personality, it seemed a shame to watch the series end with an ellipses, rather than an exclamation point.

Anyone else find themselves disappointed?

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Eamon Farren added to cast of "Rabbit"

Actor Eamon Farren has been confirmed for the movie Rabbit in the role of 18-year-old 'Rabbit'.

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Photo: Kathryn Erbe and Blanca

Blanca with Kathryn Erbe after today's matinee performance of l0 x 25 Series C at the Atlantic Theater Company in NYC. They both look beautiful!

Kate sent her love to all the LOCI fans and wrote this message on my program.

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Video: Clip from upcoming Law & Order CI episode "To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap"

This Sunday night, Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe will solve their last cases as Detectives Goren and Eames as 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' wraps up its decade-long run.

The final episode of the series also gives first-time guest star James Van Der Beek -- yes, Dawson himself -- a chance to live out a dream he's had since he bombed a 'L&O' audition at 16. That's right, a young Van Der Beek once tried out for a small role on the original version of the Dick Wolf series. Things didn't go so well for him the first time around, but as we all know, everything turned out okay for the Connecticut teenager.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe on NBC's Weekend Today on Saturday

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"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" Comes to an End

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" Comes to an End
by E. "Doc" Smith‚ Jun. 24‚ 2011

One of the most popular and my personal favorite of the entire "Law & Order" television franchise, "Criminal Intent" comes to a close this Sunday night after a 10 year run; 7 years on NBC and 3 years on the USA network. Starring the incredible Vincent D'Onofrio as the complex Detective Robert "Bobby" Goren and his partner, Detective Alexandra Eames, portrayed by the equally talented Kathryn Erbe, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" chronicled the exploits of the NYPD's "Major Case Squad". Goren's skill as a brilliant criminal profiler, coupled with the snarky wit of Eames and a bevy of great guest stars, helped make the show one of the best police dramas ever written for television.

Fans of the show fell in love with Goren's idiosyncracies; the way he would bend his body and lean over suspects to interrogate them; his now legendary, long running battle with serial killer Nicole Wallace, played by Olivia D'Abo; his affection for his mom, wonderfully played by Rita Moreno and the discovery that serial killer William Brady, portrayed by actor Roy Scheider in one of his final performances. D'Onofrio and Erbe's performances throughout these personal story-lines took the series into territories not usually seen on the original Law & Order' or in the other spin-offs like. "Special Victims Unit", "LA", "Trial By Jury" and even "Law & Order: UK". Criminal Intent's popularity would also spawn an international version of the series in France, known as "Criminal Investigations", ('Paris enquĂȘtes criminelles").

Goren's relationship with his partner Eames is also one of the best on television, well written and handled with care. Their affection for one another is evident, and the way the writers of the show have forged their friendship through the fire of their cases is remarkable. Considered to be the "Dr. Watson to Goren's Sherlock Holmes", Eames has had a few story arcs as well; solving the death of her husband, a policeman killed 8 years earlier in the line of duty; living in the footsteps of her retired policeman father; almost shooting Goren while he was secretly undercover and being kidnapped by one of Goren's long-time friends. That Eames was able to escape using her ingenuity rather than be rescued, only strengthened the respect for her character. In a world dominated by men. Eames is tough, yet sensitive and Erbe has portrayed her magnificently.

One of the hallmarks of this, the 10th and final season, has been Goren's weekly, mandatory sessions with police psychiatrist, Dr. Paula Gyson, played by actress Julia Ormond. Her questioning and probing of Goren; his relationship with Eames, his family and his struggles with his psychological demons has made for some riveting television. Both D'Onofrio and Erbe enjoyed the writing shift during the middle of the series to explore the personal aspects of their respective characters. Expect some revelations and resolution during this Sunday's series finale.

Beginning with the 5th season, (and to give D'Onofrio and Erbe a break from their busy schedules), the show also revolved around several other detectives, most notably Chris Noth as feisty Detective Mike Logan from the original Law & Order series and later Jeff Goldblum as Detective Zachary Nichols; the only other male detectives besides Goren to co-star in the series. Other actresses would also sub for Eames; Annabella Sciorra as Detective Carolyn Barek, Julianne Nicholson as Detective Megan Wheeler, Alicia Witt as Detective Nola Falacci and Saffron Burrows as Detective Serena Stevens. Samantha Buck appeared in a few episodes as Detective G. Lynn Bishop as Eames' temporary replacement while Erbe was on maternity leave during the 3rd season.

Goren's psychological issues have drawn both admiration (for his brilliance) and trepidation from his superiors. For the first 5 seasons, Goren and Eames had to answer to Captain Deakins, aptly played by Jamey Sheridan and the Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver, portrayed by Courtney B. Vance. Despite the tension, this quartet worked well together through thick and thin. After the departure of Sheridan and Carver, Criminal Intent moved away from the Law & Order courtroom, focusing more on the detectives within the Major Case squad. With that in mind, the 6th season saw the addition of Eric Bogosian as Captain Danny Ross and a new triad of tension was born. Bogosian would remain with the show until he was killed off in the 2-part season 9 opener "Loyalty", which paved the way for his ex-partner Zach Nichols, (Goldblum) to team up with Goren and Eames to solve his murder. D'Onofrio and Erbe would leave the show for the rest of the season, leaving Goldblum and his new partner (Burrows) to carry the Major Case workload under the auspices of their newest Captain, Zoe Callas, played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. This season, Jay O. Sanders, (who actually played a murderer in the 2nd season opener), came on board as Captain Joseph Hannah, a sympathetic and long-time friend of Goren's from their Police Academy days.

The list of guest stars on Criminal Intent are as impressive as the performances they gave. from veteran actors like the aforementioned D'Abo, Moreno and Scheider, to John Glover, Griffith Dunne, Rip Torn, Liza Minelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Lynn Redgrave, Michael York, David Keith, Michael Biehn and Brooke Shields to name a just few, or up-and-comers like Elisabeth Moss from the series "Madmen". Tony Goldwyn would appear as Goren's brother Frank and Leslie Hendrix would reprise her role from the previous Law & Order series as Medical Examiner Elisabeth Rodgers. She is one of only 5 actors to appear in all of the Law & Order series and spin-offs.

As much as fans enjoyed the eclectic Goldblum, ratings went down and the series seemed doomed until USA announced the return of D'Onofrio and Erbe for one more run. It hasn't been disappointing. Will Goren be able to convince the NYPD of his sanity and his ability to continue? What will happen to Eames? Like Mulder and Scully of the X Files, Criminal Intent shares some of the elements of the tension between Goren and Eames, however, don't expect an X Files-type ending, (I don't see Goren and Eames rowing off to a desert island together). Nevertheless, the writing and stories have been great.

Law & Order is well known for "stories ripped from today's headlines" wrapping up series neatly, with the door left open for a little ambiguity or perhaps a reunion film in the future. In the series finale of the original Law & order, fans were left seeing the cast celebrating with Lt. Anita Van Buren, (played by S. Epatha Merkerson), who learned her cancer was in remission. It was a happy moment for fans of the show, especially those who have followed the series from the beginning. I'm hoping for the best for Goren and Eames, especially after all the grisly murders, pathological criminals, serial killers, embezzlers, and even network changes; no two characters in the Law and Order franchise are more deserving of a happier ending. Law & Order: Criminal Intent concludes Sunday night at 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm on USA.


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Photos from the LOCI reshoot

Linda was able to catch the LOCI reshoot last week and has posted photos on her blog,
One Scoop At A Time.

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'L&O: Criminal Intent' star 'wants 11th season'

Digital Spy, 6.24.11

Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Kathryn Erbe has admitted that she is hoping for an 11th season of the crime drama.

The series was renewed for a tenth and apparently final season last September, but series producer Chris Brancato later suggested that the show could still return for an 11th run.

Erbe told TV Guide: "I know that I would be [back on the show] in a heartbeat. I'm fairly positive that [co-star] Vincent [D'Onofrio] feels the same way."

She added: "Everyone was really hoping that, in the 11th hour, we'd get some word [of a renewal]. Whether the fans are able to muscle us back or not, who knows?"

The seven aired episodes of Criminal Intent's tenth season have averaged 3.81m viewers, up on the 3.05m that watched the ninth run.

Erbe said: "I just know that these eight episodes were like a gift. To be able to come back and have closure with the crew and the cast and everyone [was great]. If that happens again, fantastic. It would just be like icing on the cake."

However, Erbe, who previously departed the series alongside D'Onofrio (Detective Goren) in 2010, claimed that fans will be satisfied if the tenth season finale is indeed the show's last episode.

"I know we set out to make it satisfying and we're going out much more OK than we were the last time," she insisted. "The one thing I know you're going to see is that Goren and Eames are on much better, more solid ground."

The Law & Order: Criminal Intent series finale airs on Sunday at 9/8c on USA.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Video: Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe Extra: Fond Farewell


In advance of the series' final episode, Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe reflect on their time on the show and offer a final preview. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

Vincent D'Onofrio & Kathryn Erbe tweeting this Sunday

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DON’T MISS OUT: Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe will be tweeting and chatting LIVE during the East AND West Coast airings of Law & Order: CI!

Chat with Kathryn at 9 PM EST and with Vincent at 9 PM PST! They'll be taking questions from the Law & Order: CI feed, so make sure you’re following us!

Tag your questions with #LOCIfinale -- see you then!

Is The Case Closed for Law & Order: Criminal Intent?

TV Guide, 6.23.11

Kathryn Erbe Still Hopeful for a Return

The director has called cut. The film has stopped rolling. The extras have been sent home. Still, despite advertisements touting Sunday's Law & Order: Criminal Intent as the series finale, star Kathryn Erbe is still hopeful the show could live on.

"I know that I would be there in a heartbeat. I'm fairly positive that Vincent [D'Onofrio] feels the same way. Everyone was really hoping that, in the 11th hour, we'd get some word," she tells "Whether the fans are able to muscle us back or not, who knows. They have amazing power."

Erbe knows the power of fans very well. After leaving the show unexpectedly at the beginning of Season 9 with her longtime on-screen partner in crime, D'Onofrio, Erbe is convinced it was pressure from Criminal Intent's loyal viewers that paved the way for their return for the series' tenth season. "They brought us back. That's clear to me," she says. "The outcry was deafening. So maybe they can do it again?"

Producers expressed interest in keeping the spin-off alive earlier this year, and the series itself has experienced somewhat of a creative resurgence as it nears the end. The tenth season has welcomed guest stars including Cynthia Nixon and Steven Weber, and turned hugely popular news headlines like Charlie Sheen's meltdown and the Spider-man Broadway saga, into riveting hourlong cases. The drama has even introduced a heavily serialized storyline with Detective Goren's therapy sessions.

The ratings have also been on the uptick — improving from last season's average of 3.05 million viewers to 3.81 million viewers over the seven episodes so far this year.

"I just know that these eight episodes were like a gift. To be able to come back and have closure with the crew and the cast and everyone," Erbe says. "If you lose something, when you get it back, it's just a different perspective. So we all came back rested and fresh and ready to have fun and do good episodes."

She adds: "If that happens again, fantastic. It would just be like icing on the cake."

The series' proposed end comes just as many are starting to question the future of the entire Law & Order franchise. When Criminal Intent launched in September 2001, the flagship series and its first spin-off, SVU, were both thriving. Since then, two poorly received iterations came and went quickly (2005's Trial by Jury and 2010's Law & Order: LA) and the mothership has been off the air for a year. If Criminal Intent does not return, SVU (which just lost longtime star Christopher Meloni) will be the only version left standing.

"It's strange and sad. That is a huge hit to New York actors and New York crew," Erbe says. "It's been such a staple for over 20 years and it's kind of a rite of passage so to speak. ... It helped a lot of people stay afloat."

Despite her continued hope for a Season 11, Erbe says she thinks the end will be a happy one for fans if Sunday's episode indeed serves as the series finale. "I know we set out to make it satisfying and we're going out much more OK than we were the last time," she says, referencing Goren and Eames' first exit in 2010. "The one thing I know you're going to see is that Goren and Eames are on much better, more solid ground. Healthier, happier and in good shape."

Luckily, Erbe knows she won't have to close the book completely on Detective Eames, thanks to the stamina of Law & Order reruns. "I just imagine Eames continuing on, solving these cases with Goren and living her life, and in a way that is what will happen with the show," she says. "No matter if the episodes are new or old, fans just keep watching, which astounds me — their bottomless appetite for these characters and the stories."

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Video: Vincent D'Onofrio on Talk Stoop

Talk Stoop: Vincent D'Onofrio

: I kept wanting to call Vincent D?Onofrio ?Vinny D?. He didn?t seem to think it was such a hot idea, but he was a good sport about it. That seems to be the way he lives his life overall ? going with the moment, even if it?s not what he had planned. Seems to have worked out for the Law and Order: Criminal Intent actor, and now he?s produced and directed his first film ? it?s a musical thriller. That?s right, you heard me. Hear more as Vincent chatted it up on Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf.

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Video: Tribute to Bobby Goren

"Goodbye" by Eliza. A beautiful tribute to Bobby Goren.

Save Goren and Eames!!

Saving Goren and Eames Now is trying to get LOCI renewed with a new email campaign. Below are the email addresses of the network officials.
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There is also a poll on the USA LOCI Message Board that our own Outerbankschick set up, where you can vote for renewal.

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Email your friends and ask them to write to USA Network.

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LOCI is worth fighting for. None of us thought we'd get this 10th season, but we did! Let's give it another try! An 11th season is possible!!!

Thanks Susan!

Photos: Locations for upcoming Jennifer Lynch film "Rabbit"

Filmmaker Trevor Cunningham posted a few location photos for upcoming Jennifer Lynch film titled "Rabbit" starring Vincent D'Onofrio.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Photo: DJ Ken Dashow guests on Law & Order CI

NY Q104.3 DJ Ken Dashow appeared in Law & Order CI episode "Icarus" on Sunday 6/19 as 'Michael DeWitt', a "snarkey" NY Times theatre critic.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kathryn Erbe and Vincent D’Onofrio filming one of the last scenes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”

Caughtonset, 6.21.11

Kathryn Erbe and Vincent D’Onofrio are spotted filming Law & Order: Criminal Intent in New York last week (June 16). Don’t miss the series finale of the show this Sunday (!). I’m gonna be sad to see it go.

Throughout his career, Vincent has played a number of “bad guy” roles (a farmer/alien in Men in Black and a serial killer in The Cell, just to name a few). He recently explained to The Examiner it’s not necessarily this way by choice:

“It is simply the way the business goes. I do find them interesting, though, and very fun to play. My goal is to not repeat myself. I try to invent different people I’ve never met before but at the same time tell the story that the director wants to tell.”

Preview: Detective Goren May Lose His Job in 'Law and Order: CI' Finale

Aceshowbiz, 6.21.11

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will take its final bow next week as the final chapter of Detective Robert Goren's career approaches. As seen in a preview to the episode called "To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap", the character played by Vincent D'Onofrio is asking someone who might take his job away.

Meanwhile, a dispute over an internet dating site becomes deadly. Goren and his partner Detective Alexandra Eames investigate the murders of two staffers at a Web company involved in a heated lawsuit.

Their bodies were discovered in the office of the woman he was suing. The team's investigation leads to a site that connects strangers who've had brief romantic encounters.

The episode is inspired in part by "The Accidental Billionaires", written by Ben Mezrich, and its 2010 film adaptation "The Social Network", which revolves around the controversial lawsuit regarding the founding of Facebook. It will air on Sunday, June 26 at 9/8c on USA Network.

Thanks Linda!

Monday, June 20, 2011

'For Your Consideration' Emmy Ad

Page 2 of the Emmy 'For Your Consideration' ad that was featured in the June 16 issue of Daily Variety.

Source: iliketowatchtv

Thanks Linda!

Screen Caps from Law & Order: CI episode 10.07 "Icarus"

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Interview on Kramp & Adler Show

The interview with Vincent D'Onofrio on the Kramp and Adler show this morning is now on their website.

Ain’t It Strange: Patti Smith on Her ‘Law & Order’ Experience

NY Times, 6.20.11
by Dave Itzkoff

Maybe the most surprising detail about Sunday’s episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” – based, don’tcha know, on the real-life circus that is Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” – was the number of times this procedural drama was able to work the word “dramaturg” into its dialogue. Or maybe it was the guest appearance by Patti Smith, the recording artist, poet and memoirist, as a Columbia University professor of mythology, who helps with the investigation of murder at a Broadway musical based on the story of Icarus.

On the road in Europe, Ms. Smith answered a few questions by e-mail about her “Law & Order” experience.

How were you approached about being part of a “Law & Order” episode? Are you a longtime fan of the franchise? (Do you have a favorite detective or prosecutor?)

Previously I didn’t have a TV, but I found there is nothing better to dispel loneliness on the road than a “Law & Order” episode. I watched all the shows in several languages in my hotel rooms. I was especially drawn to Detective Goren. So I decided to buy a small TV for my room at home, and watch “Criminal Intent” in English. Vincent D’Onofrio invited me to the set and I was so charmed to see him and Kathryn Erbe work together that I visited the set many times. I even got to spend time alone in the sacred interrogation room. When I was offered a small part, I accepted for the great pleasure of interacting with my favorite detective.

What was it like when you filmed your scenes? Did it live up to any expectations or fantasies you might have had?

Acting is not an easy task, and it requires a subtlety that I did not bring to the set. Vincent D’Onofrio instructed me by example and by sharing the lessons he received from Stanley Kubrick. If I ever attempt it again, I know I will profit from the experience.

Did you do any background research to get into character? Read up on mythology or sit in on some college classes?

In terms of preparation, the most important thing was to learn my lines. My part was small and only required two things which I happily possessed: I had to have knowledge of the mythology and appear to be Detective Goren’s trusted friend.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Vincent D'Onofrio guests on 102.1 Kramp and Adler Show tomorrow

Vincent D'Onofrio of Law & Order: Criminal Intent on 102.1 Kramp and Adler Show @7:30am on Monday.

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Video: Preview clip of Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season Finale

"To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap"
The launch of a heated lawsuit over the potential theft of a multi-million dollar website leaves two bodies in the company’s office. Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) enter the world of “Kizmate” – a site devoted to connecting people who share fleeting romantic encounters – and investigate its key members to determine if the killings were coincidence or something more.

Guest Stars: James Van der Beek, Natalie Gold

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season Finale "To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap" airs Sunday, June 26 at 9pm ET on USA Network.

Video: Preview scenes from Law & Order CI episode "Icarus"

Airs tonight at 9pm ET on USA network

Happy Father's Day!

A day of relaxation to all the great Dads out there!

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Photos: Law & Order Criminal Intent Reshoot on June 17

An album of photos can be found on Newscom

Sam Bisbee's music featured on Law & Order Criminal Intent

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I wrote and sing 2 songs for Sunday night's episode of law and order criminal intent and might also be in the episode playing guitar!

Sam Bisbee's music featured on Law & Order Criminal Intent episode "Icarus" tonight.

Video: Law & Order: CI filming "Icarus" in Times Square

Videos posted by BillieJean0902. Thanks Blanca!

Law & Order Criminal Intent episode 10.07 "Icarus" airs tonight at 9pm ET on USA network.

A sitcom star turned Broadway actor is killed performing a stunt in a controversial and highly technical Broadway musical, and the real drama is trying to figure out who wanted the leading man dead.

Guest Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Patti Smith

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Video: Vincent D'Onofrio at BOA Steakhouse

Photos: Vincent D'Onofrio at BOA Steakhouse

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Video: Law & Order: CI Reshoot on Horatio Street - June 17

Original LO:CI cast members Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe reshoot a scene for the last episode of Season 10, "To the Boy In The Blue Knit Cap" on Horatio Street in New York City. Don't know what was stuck on the bottom of Kate's awesome designer boots, but it was fun watching her do her little dance while she removed the tacky substance ( gum, maybe?) Vincent watched with interest and they continued their conversation during a break in filming this afternoon.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

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

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

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

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

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

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

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

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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