Law & Order: Criminal Intent Returns with New Episodes Tonight
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Returns with New Episodes Tonight
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Law & Order: Criminal Intent continues its run of remaining new season 7 episodes tonight, picking up six months following the December episode called “Untethered” where Det. Bobby Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) faced suspension for going against order by going undercover in a mental institution where he came dreadfully close to losing his mind.

Production of the seventh season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent was halted due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike when executive producer Warren Leight and the rest of the writing staff participated in the work stoppage.  Because of this, only 10 out of the 22 episodes ordered were produced prior to the strike, with the first of the remaining season 7 episodes to be broadcast beginning tonight at 9pm on the USA network.

The 11th installment of the season, “Purgatory,' resumes with Det. Goren, who is under suspension pending a psychiatric evaluation.  Dodging calls from his worried partner, Eames (Kathryn Erbe), he decides to prove himself by going undercover to take down a high-level drug-dealer.

"He's in a bar, kind of contemplating how he ended up where he is [when] he's approached by another suspended cop [played by Dean Winters of HBO's Oz] who tempts Goren into going into private security work for some dishonorable people,” executive producer Warren Leight told TV Guide.

Eames, on the other hand, is paired up with someone new when The Wire's Seth Gilliam returns as a NYPD Gang Squad detective.

Meanwhile, fans will be pleased to know that USA Network has ordered 16 episodes of the crime saga for an eighth season.  The series, which spent its first six seasons on NBC before being relegated to USA last year because of low ratings, has significantly improved its audience in the 10pm Thursday slot, more than doubling the network's viewership from the same period the previous year.


-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: USA network, TV Guide
(Image courtesy of USA network)

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