Monday, November 21, 2011

The Time Has Come...

Thank you to the many, many people who have sent tie clips and Skittles to USA Network and who have written to let us know.  You are awesome!  But we think the time has come to stop.

I think I've been procrastinating about this far too long;  that by writing this blog post, I am giving up on Criminal Intent.  Is that possible for any of us?

The powers that be have disassembled the set and sold all the props.  The actors have moved on.  We are so lucky to have had our Season 10.  Did you all notice how much lighter and brighter the production was?  We saw behind the scenes videos, interviews with the actors, a more expressive Goren and were treated to Twitter sessions with our beloved cast members.  Yes, we've been very lucky.
We know that Vincent has plans for a new television series, starring himself and Ethan Hawke, called Blue Tilt which we hope to see in production next year.  Chris Brancato, the show runner for S10 of Criminal Intent is also involved in Blue Tilt.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Criminal Intent Binder Project and the Tie Clips and Skittles Campaign! Our blog started in protest with the Fluff Campaign (first suggested by Nantz) and we never stopped. This has been our hearts' work and we hope we made a difference.  Your support fuelled our fire and it's been the most amazing experience.

If you follow the cast, you can visit the following blogs for up-to-date information on Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe's current projects:

The Reel
Lovely Kathryn - by our own Antje who keeps us updated so well on Kathryn Erbe's public appearances.

(if you have a blog or page that you'd like to share with everyone, please add it by leaving a comment!)

Perhaps in a few years we'll get a Criminal Intent movie! In the meantime, see you at the reruns!

Without Criminal Intent,
Susan, Barbi, Antje, Hannah and Suzanne

We leave you with the following clip from Vincent and Kathryn.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Changing It Up

We're thinking it's time to change our focus. 
Lucky Chris McCumber
We think he needs to know how much we love Goren and Eames and we want them back for another season.

So please send your Tie Clips and Skittles to USA Network:

Chris McCumber
USA Network
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
Add a note saying you want more Goren and Eames!

For more contacts to remind, please visit our Launching Operation Tie Clips and Skittles blog entry.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jeff Doesn’t Like His Tie Clips and Skittles?

You may have heard that Jeff Wachtel at USA Network is sending back his tie clips and Skittles? Really? Okay, not all guys like tie clips, but who could refuse a good Skittle?

Well Jeff, we’re not going to stop. You don’t need to wear the tie clips and you don’t need to eat the Skittles, but darn it, we want you to know that we love our Criminal Intent and would be over the moon with joy if you made more.

Face it Jeff. Some show you make this fall is going to tank - big time. And Law & Order Criminal Intent is a proven winner. We want you to know that the Criminal Intent fans aren’t going anywhere. We’ll be watching reruns (only 2 episodes from Season 9, mind you) and waiting.

So, what’s the problem?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Need a Tie Clip?

Criminal Intent fan Ruby has offered to share her abundance of tie clips!  It seems she has been very successful on eBay. 
Way to go Ruby!!! 
Details below......

Ruby will send you tie clips for $1.50 each plus the shipping cost.  She may be paid via PayPal.  To contact her, email and you can work out the details.
Wow, what a haul!  Thanks Ruby!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Share the word about Operation Tie Clips and Skittles

Do you have a blog? Facebook? Live Journal? Tumblr? Twitter?  Whatever you have, please share the information about
You are welcome to embed this video where ever you wish to help spread the word! Just go to YouTube to acquire the code. (You can also see the HD version there!)
If you are receiving this post as an email update, please click on the title to watch the video online.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Launching Operation Tie Clips and Skittles!

We want more Goren and Eames!
And we want USA Network to sit up and take notice

Haven't we all been watching Goren's tie clip go higher and occasionally go off kilter over the last 10 years? Message boards have dedicated pages and pages to Goren's tie clip and it's placement. And don't we all love to see Alex eating her Skittles to keep her energy up? We even sent Vincent a tie clip and Kathryn some Skittles in the binders we put together last year. We've decided to use Goren's tie clip and Eames' Skittles as symbols of our desire for their return.

So we’re urging you to send
Tie Clips and Skittles to USA Network.
I’m sure there are oodles of abandoned tie clips at thrift stores which can be acquired inexpensively and whether you send a bag of Skittles or just the wrapper or even a picture of Skittles, we think they’ll get the message.

Before you send off your tie clips and Skittles, please take a photo and add it to our Gallery of Tie Clips and Skittles here:
(just follow the Photobucket directions for uploading your photos). Tell us who you are in the description – if you have a blog post where the photo is uploaded, please feel free to add a link to that specific blog post.
When we have a few pictures, we’ll turn the album into a slide show and post it in our sidebar.

Next…. Where do you send your Tie Clips and Skittles?

Jeff Wachtel President of Original Series
USA Network
30 Rockefeller Plaza
21st Floor
New York, NY 10112
Add a note saying you want more Goren and Eames!

Other ways to contact The Powers that Be:

Use the USA website feedback form:

Send emails to the following people telling them we need more Goren and Eames:

Comment on the LOCI Facebook page:

Tweet to your friends and @USA_LawOrderCI
Include Dick Wolf in your tweets @WolfFilms

If you have a blog, create a post broadcasting your wishes for more Goren and Eames – add the photo of your Tie Clip and Skittles!

Check into the USA LOCI Message Community Board where you can vote in a poll to renew our show.

We’re looking forward to seeing your
Tie Clips and Skittles!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Let's Fight

Kathryn still wants to come back. Read here the TV Guide Article.

Is The Case Closed for Law & Order: Criminal Intent? Kathryn Erbe Still Hopeful for a Return
by Kate Stanhope

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."

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

Remember to email:

Visit facebook and twitter @USA_LawOrderCI how much you want CI to go on. Even Dick Wolf is on our side:

Wolf Films

P.S. but in case Sunday will air the last new Criminal Intent episode, don't miss to say goodbye to Kathryn and Vincent. They'll again chat over twitter with the fans.
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!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Law and Order: CI - More Please

Well, we were able to see our heroes come back for one more season...and what a season!! Fabulous!! Stupendous!! And joyous for all of us Goren and Eames fans!! It's what we dreamed of and fought for.

But it seems to be over all too soon. Vincent, Kathryn, and Dick Wolf have all indicated that if we write to USA Network, we might have another chance at seeing our favorite show renewed. We'd like to take that chance and try another email campaign, even though Vincent stated yesterday that it will be "gone forever" after the last two episodes. If I recall correctly, during our original campaign, he said he wouldn't be coming back - but he did! Things change. And people can make change happen!!

Below are the email addresses I've been writing to every day:

There is also a poll on the USA LOCI Message Board that our own Outerbankschick set up, where you can vote for renewal.

Join Law & Order: CI on Facebook and leave a comment.

Tweet your thoughts on Twitter.

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

If you have a blog, do a blogpost and tweet it.

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 so much!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Interview with Kathryn Erbe and Jay O. Sanders

Read the second paragraph and be happy being a part of the Binder Project.

Law & Order Criminal Intent Interview
by Pattye Grippo (Paszas Entertainment Network) and Jamie Steinberg (Starry Constellation Magazine)

Kathryn, would Eames like to have been offered the position of Captain for all of the detectives?
Kathryn Erbe:
No. I don't think Eames wanted that job and I think that's why she bowed out after having fired Goren. I think she in solidarity to him she did not want that position. And so I think that she is happiest when they're working together solving cases. And I would go one step further to say I'm glad she didn't want that position or I wouldn't have a job.
What would you like to say to everybody who's been a supporter of Criminal Intent and of you as well?
Kathryn Erbe:
I cannot thank everyone enough. This has been such an amazing experience. Since leaving the show I mean I was aware that people were enthusiastic but when I was asked to step down a year and a half ago was when I really - it really hit home for me how strongly people did support the character and me, especially this group that they collaborated on what they call the binder project. And they sent one to Vincent, to me and to Eric Bogosian. And when I received this sort of in the depths of my despair about not being on the show anymore I was speechless. I was so moved by everyone's support. It has been really just an amazing experience. I'm so, so grateful.
How has Eames changed since you and Goren have returned for the final season.
Kathryn Erbe:
I think when we return initially she is a little concerned for Goren wondering how he's going to be being back. And then her concerns are dispelled and we are back to business. I think Eames is very happy to be back in major case and to be working with him again because they have such a good working relationship. And they are she's just grateful.
What did you think about the episodes when Eames and Goren didn't catch the bad guy?
Kathryn Erbe:
I loved those actually. I thought it was always interesting to mix it up a little bit and especially Nicole Wallace those episodes where I really looked forward to them personally. And what she was going to be up to. And I really wished that Eames was going to be the one to take her down in defense of Goren, protect him. But it didn't go that way.
Jay, how does it feel to return to the show on the side of the law after you were already on as a killer in season 2?
Jay O. Sanders:
Oh, it's great. It's an open world, the whole Law & Order world. I played both a lawyer and a perp on the mother ship as well. But I've known Kate and Vince for a long time. And the chance to come on and work with them in support this way, has been terrific. It's a great working relationship. And I always come ion and have a great time and it's like going to the playground. Whether I'm being evil or good is sort of beside the point. It's just getting to play with terrific actors in fun stories.
Kathryn, what was your first day like back on the set and with Vincent?
Kathryn Erbe:
Oh, it was awesome. My I felt actually very emotional being back. I was so, so glad to be back. And I didn't know how it was going to be, whether we were going to be rusty or not. And my memory of it is just walking down from my dressing room onto the set, passing one person after another who I've known for ten years, some more. And it was really like coming home. And it especially felt that way doing the things with Vince.
It just was like riding a bike. We we have done it for so long. I've now done this show for a quarter of my life. And so we just have a shorthand and there's a lot of unspoken communication because we just understand how we think the things should go. And we've just been laughing and everybody is - we have 95% of our crew back really out of loyalty. They left jobs or they waited to come back and do these eight episodes with us. And it just has felt really, really wonderful. And the first day was the epitome of that.
What were your first thoughts when you were asked to reprise your role?
Kathryn Erbe:
I was just so really, really happy. I was devastated not to be doing the part all the way through. And it was a huge joy to have them ask me to come back.
Jay, Captain Hannah seems to be the perfect person to keep Goren in line. Can you talk about the relationship between the two characters and what it's like to work with Vincent?
Jay O. Sanders:
Yes. They're friends and one of them got a step up which is me in this case. And just at the perfect moment because my friend needed a hand back. I brought him back insisting there's no reason to go forward with a job like this without the best you've got. So I wanted Goren and Eames completes him. Their chemistry is what makes the magic. And I'm just there to manage it and to keep things in a groove. And the friendship that we have before which Vince and I already felt anyway, and Kathryn and I, makes it a really fun environment. It was nice having the show that showed last night that was just the jiggle room of that where he gets out of line just for a moment, long enough for us to say wait a minute, this is not happening like this. I'm in charge. And once that's said everything becomes easy.
Kathryn, Chris Brancato said that there is an episode coming up where we see a little bit of Eames' background, kind of where she grew up. Can you talk about that a little bit?
Kathryn Erbe:
Yes. My character grew up in Inwood which is at the very top of Manhattan. And in that episode there is a crime that we trace to the neighborhood. We all collectively, get to go and see for example, where Eames went to elementary school. And she does a kind of mini tour as they're walking to interview some people about the crime. You get little snippets about aspects of her childhood. And we in fact go and hang out with her dad. And he's quite a colorful character and drinks a little too much, played by a great actor, Raymond J. Barry. We had a really good time.
If the numbers are good and if this does come back for another year are you both onboard? Do you want to continue being a part of this?
Kathryn Erbe:
In a heartbeat. Jay, I'll let you answer for yourself.
Jay O. Sanders:
Sure. I'm having a great time. I have various commitments in the theater at this point. But the great thing about it is that the show is right here in New York and allows me to be with my family and around where the theater is. And also I would do anything I could to make it all work out. I love the working conditions and I love the company.
Jay, in the coming episodes do we get a little window into your character?
Jay O. Sanders:
Not really right now. I think we're working a limited amount and the focus has been primarily on the cases which is the way Law & Order has always been constructed. And Dick has been very careful to keep things always guided that direction. I think you may have seen more about my character last night just in terms of clamping down with my friend saying we're friends but here I'm the Captain. Beyond that it's just us keeping each other buoyed up through the long hours of working on a case.
Kathryn, you've played a detective for so long now, if we were to give you a prop gun and badge and drop you off at a real police station how long do you think you could fake it before being found out as a fraud?
Kathryn Erbe:
Very good question. I don't know. I think probably right away. Probably right away. But maybe not. I really don't know. It's I have spent a little time at my local precinct, the 76th Precinct in Brooklyn, in the last couple of months. And I would hope I would fit in. But they're certainly nice people and I like hanging out and talking to them all out there. I think my hair might be a little long. I'd have to put it back.
Is there something you might say or do that would give you away?
Kathryn Erbe:
Yes. I'd probably be too much of a wimp. I think my impression of what the real people do I have such respect for them and I'd be wondering where the hair and makeup people are and where Craft Services and who do I get to hide behind and who tells me what to do when the perp is coming at me and I've got to pull my gun. So I can't even touch what they do every day.
You talked about how much you love doing the show and how much it broke your heart to not be doing the show. Would you have wanted or been willing to do the show if Vincent wasn't your partner?
Kathryn Erbe:
I probably would have gone on to do it but I wouldn't have been happy without him. In hindsight the way things happened this is the perfect, perfect way for it to have gone down. I don't think that Eames would have it just wouldn't have been the same. And this is what we love to do. This is what I love to do. This is what the audience loves to see. And they made it very clear when we weren't doing it anymore, that this is what they wanted to watch. I know it makes me incredibly happy to be doing it again with Vince. And I think he feels the same way.
Since this is the final season is there something that you want to take off of the set as a memento?
Kathryn Erbe:
You know, when I left the last time I took what I wanted. I took the picture of my dog Frieda which I keep meaning to bring back and I haven't remembered to bring back. When we first started shooting this show in the building where they printed the Post, the New York Post. And by the time we started shooting they were only printing the paper there and their reporters weren't there anymore. But we used a lot of their paperwork that they left behind. And there were these three notebooks from maybe the '50s and '60s that were one man's diary.
Not quite his diary he kept a record of every expenditure that he had. And they were written in this impeccable script. And I just found them fascinating and they followed us from set to set. And every time I would find them I would just spend all the time in between shooting looking through these things. And so I have them and I was never going to bring them back. I would keep my badge too if I could but that would be illegal.
What would you like to be the end for your character?
Kathryn Erbe:
I'd just really like for her to be happy. I think I don't want her to be killed and I would like for her to be happy. I think a lot of - she's had a tough time in little ways here and there. And it would be nice for her to be a happier person.
What about promoted, because she started to be promoted before but there were strings to it and so she didn't want to follow through on it. Do you think she might want to do it now?
Kathryn Erbe:
Could be. I'm sure she'd be open to that. Yes. That might be interesting. But I do think she enjoys working with Goren and being out there in the nitty-gritty.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Heartfelt Letter from Kathryn Erbe

Not only are we celebrating the return of Goren and Eames tonight, but the Criminal Intent Binder Crew is also joyfully celebrating the receipt of a beautiful letter of thanks from Kathryn Erbe.

We are so lucky to have received this, as the PO Box no longer exists! Our thanks to the small town posties who put two and two together.

Thanks again to all those who contributed. This is for you.

click on each image to view it larger.

Goren & Eames ARE Criminal Intent!

Welcome back! 

TONIGHT on Twitter, Vincent D'Onofrio will be taking over @USA_LawOrderCI to chat with fans during the EST airing! Tag tweets with #askvincent!

The first episode of Season 10 airs tonight on USA Network at 9 EST

Friday, April 29, 2011

Behind the scenes with Kathryn and Prize Packs

Law & Order: Criminal Intent's Kathryn Erbe goes behind the scenes the episode Rispetto.

Follow the link to TV Guide to watch the clip.

Increase your chance to win a CI prize pack and enter more than one contest. Went to the single provider and take a look at the specific rules.

Criminal Intent Prize Packs: (with a Law & Order: Criminal Intent black nylon cinch sack, a Law & Order: Criminal Intent hat, a Goren Limited Edition T-Shirt, a Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 4 DVD, and a Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 5 DVD). Prize pack valued at $110 and provided by USA Network.

  • Facebook, end of the contest: May, 2nd
  • For U.S. and Canada - Buddy TV, end of contest: May, 2nd
  • For U.S. and Canada - Have U Heard??, end of the contest: May, 4th
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Interview: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" Executive Producer Chris Brancato

04/29/11 - 12:03 AM
By Jim Halterman (TFC)
At The Futon Critic

It was a dose of good news for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" fans late last year when it was announced that original cast members Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe were returning to the long-running series after departing the year before. However, the good news came accompanied by a dark cloud as it was also announced that this 10th season would be the show's last. After the abrupt cancellation last year of mothership "Law & Order," the crystal lining is that at least the execs at the USA Network, where "Criminal Intent has been housed since 2007, granted the show a chance to properly wrap up the acclaimed crime drama. Enter Executive Producer Chris Brancato, who was freed up from consulting duties on FOX's now-delayed series "Terra Nova," and took over the "Criminal Intent" showrunner reigns.

In between shooting in New York City, Brancato took a break to talk with our Jim Halterman about this final crop of episodes and the new focus on D'Onofrio's Detective Robert Goren. While this season will feature the usual cavalcade of guest stars like Jay Mohr, Julia Ormand, Steven Weber, Julie White, Neal McDonough and Geri Ryan, Brancato also teased this Sunday's season premiere inspired by the real life troubles of actor Charlie Sheen as well as the upcoming episode modeled after the drama of Broadway's "Spider-Man: The Musical."

Jim Halterman: There was some shuffling around of episodes so the first episode back is actually not the one that explains the return of D'Onofrio's Goren and Erbe's Eames, right?

Chris Brancato: Actually, [the network] took our episode four, which is our 'Charlie Sheen episode,' and they decided it was so timely so they decided to put that as the first episode that will air on Sunday night. It's called 'Rispetto.' A writer came to me with the notion of doing a study of the collateral damage that occurs when a Charlie Sheen-like person exists. Of course, there are multiple people around Charlie Sheen that have reasons to try to protect him if, for instance, he was accused of a murder because they make so much money from him. From the President of the studio that makes 'Two and a Half Men' to the creator of the show, etc. But, for our purposes for 'Criminal Intent,' we decided to set the character in the world of New York Fashion, kind of like [designer] Michael Kors. I should point out that it's a very, very good episode and one that will leave many diehard viewers wondering 'How'd [Goren and Eames] come back?' and now that is our episode two, 'The Consoler.' You'll be asking 'Why are they back?' and then episode two will answer how and why they've come back. It was my goal to not make a big deal about it. I didn't want to start with them staring at each other across the squad room saying 'I've missed you' and hug. It's not what we do on 'Law & Order' so I actually started three weeks into their return on a major case and then, yes, in episode two we explain the circumstances of that return.

JH: Can you talk about shaping this season and if you approached it differently because it is presumably the final one?

CB: I felt like there needed to be some sort of organizing principle or umbrella under which to kind of filter the shows; to act as a determinant as to whether the show was right for this batch or not right. Obviously this show has done many, many episodes and lived many years at NBC, which is a broadcast network, and when you're doing 22 episodes you have a very wide latitude to cover every corner of the city. Now, with a more limited number of episodes on a cable network that, first of all, bills itself as 'Characters Welcome' what Dick [Wolf, Executive Producer and creator] and I decided was to organize these episodes around a basic umbrella concept. Greed is a motivator in many of the crimes you see on television but we wanted to make this batch have a kind of organizing principle, an exploration of love gone wrong. That act fits many different scenarios. Sometimes it's romance and love goes wrong. Sometimes it's the love for one male friend for another [and] sometimes it's the love of a daughter for a father or one family for another. In other words, ultimately what you'll find is an exploration in these eight episodes of where and why love went awry. For me, that allowed me to have some 'fusion' or organizing principle for the show.

JH: How has it been for Kathryn and Vincent to be back in these familiar characters and environment?

CB: When they came back to do these episodes, I remember Katie said, 'You know, I spoke to Vincent a few days ago and we're really excited to come back and do this. It's been tougher than we thought to leave the show and leave the crew...we feel this sense of excitement." I'm a big believer in that if you can harness how the actors are really feeling and make that sort of a little bit part of the fiction you're creating it often serves the fiction quite well.

JH: All of the 'Law & Order' series are careful about delving too often into the personal lives of our regular characters yet we're going to spend quite a bit of time on Goren's life. How did that decision come about?

CB: Dick wanted Goren to essentially be shrunk and to have to go under some psychiatric counseling and it was a condition of his return to the major case squad that he had seven police-mandated shrink sessions with an outside specialist that is hired. So this season features Julia Ormand playing the shrink and we're going to have an arc that is essentially Goren getting interrogated over the course of seven episodes with the on-the-nose purpose of determining his fitness as a case detective but at the same time, a plumbing of what makes him tick and hopefully leave us with some kind of sense of a conclusion in terms of his mental health and well-being. At first, I was skeptical about the notion partially because 'The Sopranos' used a shrink to create effect, as have other shows, including the original 'Law & Order.' We ended up hiring Warren Leight, former show runner of this show but also show runner of 'In Treatment,' to write that shrink-arc because he really specializes in this kind of thing. And as I sat there just a few weeks ago watching Vincent D'Onofrio and Julia Ormand do these scenes my skepticism just vanished immediately.

JH: Did the fact that you were exploring Goren's character make you want to perhaps do the same with Eames?

CB: First of all, I completely agree with that sentiment which is to say this - in some people's minds the show can be looked at as 'this is a Vincent D'Onofrio vehicle' because you can get in the mindset that over here is Sherlock Holmes and over here is Watson and the movie is called 'Sherlock Holmes,' not 'Sherlock and Watson.' That said, there is no doubt in my mind, and I would guarantee that Vincent would agree 1000%, that this show is a two-hander meaning. It's about two detectives and it's about their relationship and Bobby Goren wouldn't be the character we've come to love without Eames, no way. There are very few actresses that could pull off what Katie does. We like to joke about it and I don't mean to undersell it but somebody has to carry the water in a procedural. They have to recount the information that the detectives have observed or sussed out or come out with a stream of facts that you just learned getting off the phone. Though it would seem to be the simplest thing in the world to regurgitate information there's almost nobody who can do it and make it interesting and make it feel completely organic to the scene. Katie is a master at not only doing that [but] nobody delivers a little bit of attitude better than her.

JH: The episode focusing on the controversial Broadway musical 'Spider-Man' is also getting the 'Criminal Intent' treatment. Can you talk about how you approached that topic?

CB: We're doing a version of 'Spider-Man: The Musical' where the rigging breaks and it turns out to be murder. Our version, since we can't obviously use 'Spider-Man,' which is a trademark property, is 'Icarus: The Rock Musical.' We're not involved in this insanely complicated computerized rigging mechanism much but I'm only getting a taste of what poor Julie Taymor and all these people have to go through because we're going to do a wire rigged stunt. It's insanely complicated to pull off even though we're just dropping the guy from the ceiling to the floor. [Laughs.]

JH: So, let's say these episodes do really well. Is there a chance 'Criminal Intent' could come back for another season?

CB: I think we all probably know that Dick Wolf never says never. I know the show and my interaction with him was phenomenal. He cares so deeply and he is engaged in the show in a way that you might not expect somebody who is so successful and been doing it for so long. He loves it! This is his baby, of sorts. Yeah, I think if viewers are enthused about Vincent and Katie coming back I don't see why it has to be the final season.

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" premieres its 10th season this Sunday at 9:00/8:00c on USA.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dick Wolf Hopes for Criminal Intent Reprieve, Says D'Onofrio & Erbe Have Never Been Better

Matt Webb Mitovich
April 22, 2011 09:05 AM PDT posted on

Dick Wolf must be feeling a bit of deja vu this spring. Just as a year ago he was lobbying for NBC to pick up the original Law & Order for a 21st season (allowing it to set a record as TV’s longest-running drama series), the L&Overlord is now hoping that Criminal Intent‘s imminent 10th season won’t be — as announced by USA Network — its last.

“Being the unbridled optimist that I am, I still have hope that this is a ‘victory lap’ and not a ‘swan song,’” Wolf said during a Thursday conference call. “Based on the work so far, I think the audience is going to be very happy, relieved, and welcoming… and hopefully enough fans will come out so the powers-that-be reconsider their decision.”

Weighing in Criminal Intent‘s favor, of course, is the much anticipated return of two original series leads, Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe (as Detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames) — not that Wolf ever wanted them long gone in the first place.

“It was never a decision to have them disappear into the wilderness,” Wolf says of the duo’s single-season extraction, during which Jeff Goldblum rode solo as Detective Zach Nichols. Looking forward, Wolf says, “I don’t think Vincent and Katie have been any better ever in the series. [Criminal Intent] is back to the power of the first two seasons.”

Of course, there is the none-too-small matter of getting Goren back onto the Major Cases Squad, fired as he was for insubordination at the start of Season 9. That segue is orchestrated by a new captain, Joseph Hannah (played by Jay O. Sanders), whom Goren knows from the police academy.

There’s also a bit of head-shrinking involved in Goren’s comeback. As Wolf explains, “In getting him back in the good graces of the police department, part of the agreement was for him to go back into psychological counseling.” As such, there will be one scene per episode where Goren meets with a therapist played by Julia Ormond (CSI: NY).

Those scenes, Wolf says, “will answer some questions that have been hanging since the first season, and over the course of [Season 10's] eight episodes you’re going to see something about the redemptive power of psychotherapy. This is an attempt to move [Goren] back to the psychologically complete detective that he was in the first season of the show.”

Whether this run of episodes kicking off Sunday, May 1, at 8/7c, is a “swan song” or “victory lap,” Wolf says, “This has been a great experience…. There is a real power in seeing this show come back at full-octane, with stories that are really interesting.”

Will you be tuning in for Criminal Intent‘s return?

Read another interview with Vincent and Dick Wolf. Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The Return of Goren and Eames!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Sunday Conversation: Vincent D'Onofrio

By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2011

After 18 months away, the actor returns, refreshed, to 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'

Actor Vincent D'Onofrio is seen outside the set of his television show "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, NY. (Jennifer S. Altman, For The Times / April 24, 2011)

After a year and a half absence, Vincent D'Onofrio, 51, returns to "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as the brilliant but troubled detective Robert Goren for the show's 10th season, which debuts May 1 on the USA Network.

I like your character, Det. Goren, but he seems to get a mixed reaction. I think some people don't get him.

It's always been like that. I think that's OK. It's not for everybody, especially the way I play him is not to everybody's taste. People, I think, unless they allow themselves to take the leap of faith, they don't like the intelligence, the ridiculous amount of knowledge he has. It doesn't make it easy in a 40-minute show to solve a crime [persuasively] in the first place, but then to have a guy who's as clever as Goren solve it, it kind of makes it even harder to get away with. It's a battle for people to like that show, I think. On the other hand, the people who do take the leap love it. I say that not out of arrogance. Believe me, every time I go to the corner to get milk for the kids, I hear it.

Goren is seeing a shrink this season, right?

Maybe. We haven't shot any of that yet. But the word is that yeah, Goren is seeing a shrink.

Why did you leave the series and why are you back?

I needed to stretch a bit and spend time with my kids and family and my wife. I wrote with a couple of friends of mine and directed a film that's going to be distributed next winter. It's called "Don't Go in the Woods," a pretty crazy movie; it's a slasher musical. I wanted to do things like that, and during the last year and a half, I developed three films. That one was made. We're going to make an announcement about the second one that me and my friends wrote that we're producing.

Tell me about the slasher musical.

Me and two friends — Joe Vinciguerra and Sam Bisbee, who's a musician — I had this idea about a bunch of kids who go into the woods, and they all sing and they all die. It's modeled after a B slasher film, but it's a musical with beautiful music. I cast it off the streets of New York with all unknown actors. The movie cost $100,000, and we shot it in 12 days.

How did you happen to come back?

[Series creator] Dick [Wolf] called me. Dick has been a great supporter of mine since the show began. When I was getting tired, he helped me out then. I don't know why he does it, because he's an amazing businessman, and usually amazing businessmen don't care about what their actors are thinking. But in my case with Dick, it's exactly the opposite. And he has always tried to accommodate me in whatever way he could without of course being ridiculous. I don't want to say anything about the show with Jeff [Goldblum], because I thought I was leaving the show for good and Jeff was going to be the perfect person to play that part. Why the show didn't work out, I have no idea.

How was making the show so intense in 2004 that you ended up being hospitalized for nervous exhaustion, and why won't that be the case now?

It's very simple. We're not doing that amount of shows ever.

How many were you doing then?

Twenty-three. It wasn't just me, by the way. It was Kate [costar Kathryn Erbe] too. Both of us had kids, and we were working 10 months out of the year with maybe a couple of days off here and a couple of days off there. And at one point, I think it was on the second or third season, it was a brutal, brutal time. And I will never ever, no matter what kind of money they offer me, ever do that again.

That's why it's eight episodes?

Yeah, we're doing eight. And my wife told me that USA is really pushing the "last eight" thing, the final-season thing, which I think is really interesting. I know the television business pretty well now. I've been in it for 10 years, and I've never heard of a company saying something is over until it's really over. I always thought that people were in television for the money, companies. And why would they kill something if they could figure out how to make money off it? I think that from an actor's point of view, because I'm certainly not making an official announcement because I have no control over these things, I would say it's probably not done. I would say that "Criminal Intent" will be back in some form after these eight at some point.

From your mouth.... Speaking of God, the first episode of the new season deals with misdoings in the Catholic Church. You were an altar boy, weren't you? How did it feel to work on that episode?

I always found it a bit nerve-racking when we did things that the church was involved in. It's the same when you do things about bad cops. As you know, in this day and age, everybody loves to hear nasty stories about people; tales being told out of school are the most popular thing in the universe right now, on the Internet, on television. And they always have, about the church and they always have about law enforcement officers. I just think you have to be really careful when you tread those waters because on both accounts there's a lot of good that's been done. There are a lot of priests in this country that are more like social workers than guys who have to answer to the pope, and they don't get credit. And the same with cops.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Promo Pictures

Photos by: Marco Grob/USA Network © NBCUniversal, Inc. posted on All Things Law and Order.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

More Promotion for Season 10

Finally there is a new header of the USA Network homepage and a few days ago we got the next trailer…

Why We Love Det. Goren

One of USA's most beloved characters is coming back! When it comes to getting inside the mind of a killer, nobody comes close to Det. Goren! Law & Order: CI returns to USA Network Sunday, May 1st at 9/8c!

Friday, April 1, 2011

First Promo Picture

I hope they'll add a picture of Kathryn very soon.

source on facebook

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Season 10 Trailer no. FOUR

posted on youtube from allthingslawandorder

Monday, March 28, 2011

CI and IPS are Back-To-Back

This spring, USA Sunday nights are the safest place on television, because Criminal Intent and In Plain Sight are back-to-back!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Law & Order CI New Promo Clip

Posted on youtube: allthingslawandorder

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

NBC announces summer schedule

When you're not able to watch the new season of Criminal Intent on USA Network. you only need to wait 30 more days.

NBC announces summer schedule
March 21, 2011 | 12:16 pm

This summer on NBC, it’s the end of an era for “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and the continuation of the search for the next “Voice.”

The peacock network unveiled its summer schedule. Some familiar favorites — “The Marriage Ref,” "America’s Got Talent” — return, but the following are among its new offerings: the musical competition series “The Voice,” new game show “Still Standing” (working title), based on the Israeli series of the same title, which sees 10 components competing in 10 fast-paced and dramatic trivia battles, “Love in the Wild,” an adventure dating series (think "The Bachelor" meets "Amazing Race") and “It’s Worth That?,” a game show hosted by comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” that sees a pair of contestants tasked with discerning the price of items.

And after being off the air for four months, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” returns April 11, with episodes bleeding into summer.

Here’s the full slate:

  • “America’s Got Talent” returns for its sixth season on Tuesday, May 31 (9-11 p.m.)
  • “The Marriage Ref” returns for its second season on Sunday, June 26 (10-11 p.m.).
  • “The Voice” will have a two-hour premiere April 26 and will subsequently air Tuesdays (8-9 p.m.) through June.
  • The final season of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will begin airing Monday, May 30 (9-10 p.m.)
  • “Law & Order: Los Angeles” will air Mondays, 10-11 p.m.
  • The last season of “Friday Night Lights” (Fridays, 8-9 p.m.) also continues well into the summer.
  • “Still Standing” days and times TBA
  • “Love in the Wild” days and times TBA

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Vincent Radio Interview

Vincent gave two radio interviews about his new movie ‘Kill the Irishman’ last Friday.

Here is the link to THE MORNING BUZZ.

Vincent called from the set of Criminal Intent. During the nine minutes talk he also said a few lines about season ten.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Teasing Us!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

USA Network Launches New Seasons Of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” & “In Plain Sight” On May 1

By Bill Gorman February 3, 2011
Posted in: Network TV Press Releases

via press release:


Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe Reprise their Beloved Roles in LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT for its Tenth and Final Season

New In Plain Sight Showrunners Ed Decter and John Strauss
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – February 3, 2011 – USA Network, the #1 network in 2010 for an unprecedented five consecutive years running, is kicking off its spring lineup with two of its popular original series, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT and IN PLAIN SIGHT. LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT returns for its final season with eight all new episodes and IN PLAIN SIGHT will air its fourth season with 13 episodes. Both will premiere on Sunday, May 1, at 9/8c and 10/9c, respectively.

The final season of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT features the long-anticipated return of Detectives Goren (D’Onofrio) and Eames (Erbe) to the Major Case Squad. Terminated for insubordination a year ago, Detective Robert Goren has been reunited with his long-time partner Alex Eames at the behest of new Major Case Captain William Hannah, a friend of Goren’s since Academy days. In addition to plunging into colorful, dangerous mysteries, Goren has mandatory sessions with brilliant police psychologist Robyn Widrow that will ultimately help him unravel his tortured past, and to chart a course in the right direction. Each week, viewers will be taken through sizzling, sexy episodes of murder and provocative themes, such as: a beautiful female banker whose sole client was the Catholic Church; an adventuresome rogue who may be the country’s best cyber-warrior; a woman who was blackmailing a wealthy, tabloid-fodder “bad boy.”

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT had a strong ninth season, delivering 3.60 million total viewers to the series on Tuesdays in 2010. LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT is produced by Wolf Films and Universal Cable Productions. The series was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, who also executive produces, and was developed by RenĂ© Balcer. Shot entirely in and around New York City, the third installment of the “Law & Order” franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its crimes.

Read the whole article by TV by the Numbers.