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.

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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!


  1. Awesome website! Thank you for doing this! I will pass on the email list in my thread, and link to this site.

    GO TEAM LOCI!!!!!

  2. We can't let LO:CI leave like this, we will fight to get them to stay on the air. No matter who I have to e-mail I will. Since the beginning of LO:CI I have followed them. Please don't let the fans down and let it be the "THE SERIES FINALE! There are way too many answers we didn't get from the previous seasons. Maybe they can film in the Spring and then the Fall so Vincent and Kathryn have some time off for their families. We are not going down without a fight that is for certain.


    I do not mind “begging” to keep a show as great as this one on the air!!! In a time when we are inundated with a plethora of “horrible” content masquerading as TV shows with so called reality shows leading the campaign, a show like Law and Order Criminal Intent with Goren and Eames (Vincent D’Norfrio and Kathryn Erbe) is so special that to take it off would be a crime. Inscribed on one of the tablets that Moses supposedly broke or lost was this, “Thou shalt not take off Law and Order Criminal Intent”!!! … PLEASE … PLEASE … PLEASE …

    DO NOT LET THIS SHOW END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!