Life in the Slow Lane

June 27, 2008

The revolving ‘Law & Order’ door keeps spinning

Filed under: Television — pauljlane @ 11:36 am

This is from The Associated Press, which is reporting that Chris Noth is once again leaving the “Law & Order” family.

Noth is a veteran of the original series who returned a few years ago to be a part of “Criminal Intent,” the latest season of which airs Sunday nights on USA Network. Replacing him on the next season to be shot will be veteran actor Jeff Goldblum.

“Special Victims Unit” will also see several changes next season, as Adam Beach is out after only one season as a detective and Diane Neal is out after more than four years as an assistant district attorney; Michaela McManus has been tabbed as the new ADA, with the junior detective slot remaining vacant at this time.

The original “Law & Order” saw its own changes midseason in 2007-08, as Anthony Anderson replaced former Buffalo resident Jesse L. Martin to become the new junior detective; Jeremy Sisto, in his first full season on the show this past season, took over the senior detective spot.

I think these shows have maintained their quality despite the lack of continuity the cast changes provide, but what do you think? Leave a comment and discuss.

Incidentally, is anyone else as happy as I am that USA has been airing “Law & Order” reruns almost non-stop lately? At least there’s always something decent on.

•••

Mr. Big is out, and Mr. Goldblum is in.
Jeff Goldblum will be joining “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” while Chris Noth — Mr. Big in the “Sex and the City” TV show and movie — is leaving after three seasons, a series spokeswoman said Thursday.
“Criminal Intent,” part of the “Law & Order” franchise that includes the original series and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” recently was picked up for a 16-episode eighth season by USA Network.
“Jeff’s presence will add a new dimension to an already successful show,” series creator Dick Wolf said.
Noth’s character, New York police Detective Mike Logan, was a member of the “Law & Order” family since the start, Wolf noted, adding, “We all wish him the best.”
Noth played Logan on the original NBC series from 1990 to ’95, in a “Law & Order” TV movie and then on “Criminal Intent” starting in 2005. The show’s seventh season airs Sundays on USA.
“When others couldn’t get television shows produced in New York, Dick Wolf found a way to do it, and as a New Yorker I truly appreciate all that he has done for the city,” Noth said in a statement Thursday.
“The last few years have been fantastic, and both sides are happy with the result. All’s well that ends well,” Noth said.
Goldblum recently starred in the short-lived NBC series “Raines” but is mostly known as a film actor with credits that include “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World,” “Independence Day” and “The Fly.”
He shared an Academy Award nomination in 2005 for the live-action short film “Little Surprises.”
“Criminal Intent” originally aired on NBC. But when the network decided that last season’s schedule had room for only two of the shows a deal was struck to air “Criminal Intent” first on USA, then on NBC.
NBC and USA are corporate cousins within NBC Universal, and “Criminal Intent” reruns on USA already had proved among its most popular programming.
“Criminal Intent,” which looks at cases from both the perspective of police and lawbreakers, stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian.

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3 Comments »

  1. Sad to hear of Noth’s departure … He will be sorely missed …
    I too offer him all the best …
    But he must know —
    Many will be heartbroken …

    Vince

    Comment by Vincent Fitzgerald — June 29, 2008 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  2. I’m happy that USA has picked up Criminal Intent but I would be happier if they would do more Special Victims Unit. Whatever happened to Courtney Vance on Criminal Intent? Where is he now and why isn’t there more court room drama on CI?

    What happened to Jesse L. Martin? Will he ever return? The original Law and Order is still good but Sam Waterson is best as the ADA. The new guy is way too weak.

    Dick Wolf is the best. Just don’t cancel any of the shows. You might want to tell Mike Post to stop changing the theme music. He went a bit overboard with the music on CI. Let him know that he is not Quincy Jones and no changes should be made without consulting Quincy.

    Thanks!:)

    Comment by Debmood — June 29, 2008 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  3. Noth has always been great on L and Order. Hate to see him go.

    Comment by M H Winkler — June 29, 2008 @ 1:34 pm | Reply


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