'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Season 8 Returns in 2009
'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Season 8 Returns in 2009
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Fans of Law and Order: Criminal Intent will have to wait a little longer before they can enjoy new episodes of the crime procedural series.  USA network has decided to push back the premiere of season 8 to 2009, just days before it was scheduled to kick off.  This marks the second time the cable channel has shifted the show's return date.  Originally, the network announced that the show would come back on Thursday, November 6 at 10/9c before opting to use it as a lead-in to The Starter Wife on Friday nights.

While no reason was given for any of the aforementioned changes, a spokesperson for Law and Order: Criminal Intent assured TV Guide that the show is in good shape but “based on the overall TV landscape and in this economy, it made sense to maximize the value" of the series by airing all 16 episodes in an uninterrupted run during the first quarter of 2009.

Law and Order: Criminal Intent is the third installment in the crime-procedural franchise produced by Dick Wolf.  The show takes viewers into the minds of its criminals while following the psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve the crimes.  When the show returns for season 8, it will take a new approach with two separate writing teams.  One team will reportedly tackle writing for the tandem of Vincent D'Onofrio (Robert Goren) and Kathryn Erbe (Alexandra Eames), while the other will take on a new cast member in the form of Academy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum (Det. Zach Nichols) and Julianne Nicholson (Megan Wheeler).

Goldblum, who is credited for Raines, The Fly, Independence Day, and The Big Chill,
Det. Mike Logan (Chris Noth), will serve as the replacement of Chris Noth (Detective Mike Logan), who recently left the show after three seasons.

Aside from the aforementioned cast members, Law and Order: Criminal Intent also stars Eric Bogosian as Danny Ross.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: USA network, TV Guide
(Image courtesy of USA network)