This fall, Law & Order: Criminal Intent will be returning with a new cast member.  As a temporary replacement for Julianne Nicholson, who is on maternity leave, actress Alicia Witt will be gracing the show as police detective Nola Falacci.  The move is part of a trend that will hopefully bring in stronger female characters on the upcoming storylines.

While there is no word yet on what will happen to Nicholson’s character, Detective Megan Wheeler, upon the return of the police drama, Alicia Witt’s character is reportedly drafted as a partner for Detective Mike Logan (Chris North).

“Alicia Witt will add a new dimension to the series as it enters its seventh season,” USA Network’s executive vice president Jeff Wachtel said.  “We are thrilled that she is joining what is already an exceptional cast and excited about the opportunity to expand our ‘Characters Welcome’ brand.”

Alicia Witts, a 31-year-old native of Worcester, Massachusetts, is known for her role as Zoe on the sitcom Cybill.  Her other acting credits include Ally McBeal, The Upside of Anger and Two Weeks Notice.

Original episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will be airing this fall on cable’s USA Network with reruns, with no specified date yet, to run on its previous home network NBC.  The upcoming season seven premieres on Thursday, October 4 at 10/9c.

Rumors that the Law & Order would be moving to TNT surfaced the news due to the poor ratings but were dispelled when NBC officially revealed that it would be maintaining two out of its three Law & Order franchise.  It took in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the original Law & Order, while moving the Law & Order: Criminal Intent to the USA Network.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC, Variety
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Kris De Leon

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