Law & Order: Criminal Intent

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent

The cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2009); from left, Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Nicholson, Eric Bogosian, Kathryn Erbe, and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is an American TV series set in New York City. Criminal Intent premiered on September 30, 2001. It is the third spin-off of the long-running crime drama Law & Order. The show currently stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Nicholson, and Eric Bogosian. Goldblum joins the cast for the upcoming 2009 season, replacing Chris Noth as Nicholson's partner. The season 8 premiere is scheduled to air on April 19, 2009.

The first six seasons of the show aired on NBC. From October 4, 2007, to the end of 2007, however, new episodes of Criminal Intent could only be seen on the USA Network; starting January 9, 2008, these episodes "reran" on NBC. In addition, re-runs of all seven seasons of the show continue to be aired on the USA Network, Bravo, and in broadcast syndication.

From 2001 the opening is narrated by Steven Zirnkilton.

Criminal Intent follows a distinct division of the New York City Police Department: the "Major Case Squad". The Major Case Squad investigates high-profile cases (in most cases murder, just like the regular Law & Order in this sense), such as those involving VIPs, local government officials and employees, the financial industry, and the art world; though sometimes the cases are similar to the cases from the original Law & Order show as well. Unlike the other shows in the Law & Order franchise, as of Season 5 Criminal Intent episodes typically alternate between two teams of detectives: Team A episodes chronicle the cases of Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames, while team B episodes follow the exploits of Zach Nichols and Megan Wheeler. Originally, team B followed Mike Logan and his partners, Carolyn Barek, Wheeler, and Nola Falacci.

The series also gives significant attention to the actions and motives of the criminals, rather than focusing exclusively on the police and prosecution, and the information they have, as in the other Law & Order series. A feature of each Criminal Intent episode is that the cold open always involves a series of cut-scenes that show events from the suspects' and victims' lives, leading up to the crime. Clues to the crime's eventual solution can often be found in this teaser sequence. Criminal Intent episodes do not usually contain trials. Unlike other Law & Order series, most Criminal Intent episodes end in confessions rather than plea bargains or verdicts.

As with all the Law and Order series, the Criminal Intent title card features an opening voiceover by Steven Zirnkilton. Uniquely, this is the only one of the three series up to now not to open with the line In the criminal justice system...

In New York City's war on crime, the worst criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad. These are their stories.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent was created by René Balcer and Dick Wolf in 2001. Balcer served as the show's executive producer, showrunner, and head writer for its first five seasons. The show dominated its original time slot on Sundays at 9:00pm for its first three seasons (routinely beating its competition Alias and The Sopranos in households and in the 18-49 demos), and was often the highest rated show of the night, with an average audience of 15.5 million viewers.

Beginning in its fourth season, it faced stiff new competition from ABC's night-time soap opera Desperate Housewives, a show that soon became the number one drama on television. Ratings for Criminal Intent further eroded in the fifth season when Chris Noth joined the cast in alternating episodes as Det. Logan. Noth's episodes routinely scored much lower ratings than D'Onofrio's. Despite stiff competition and Detective Goren's reduced presence, the series maintained respectable ratings through the fifth season, enough to get it renewed for a sixth season on NBC.

Balcer left the show at the end of the fifth season, and the show was handed off to Warren Leight, a longtime Criminal Intent staffer. Under Leight's leadership, the show acquired a new, more melodramatic tone. The mystery aspect of the show was simplified in favor of more personal stories involving the detectives. For example, notably Goren endured his mother's long agony from cancer culminating with her death in the last episode (for Goren and Eames) of the sixth season, "Endgame" . The show's look and editing style also changed in an effort to attract more viewers than the newer CSI franchise.

Since NBC had acquired the rights to Sunday Night Football for the 2006-2007 season, Law & Order: Criminal Intent was moved to new time slot on Tuesdays at 9:00pm, to serve as a lead-in to SVU. For its first six airings, it faced CBS's The Unit and baseball on Fox. The show held its own against such competition. In late October, Fox's smash hit House moved opposite Law & Order: Criminal Intent. It was hoped that the show could maintain second position, beating the then-marginal The Unit but that didn't occur. Though the show remained the most profitable to the Law & Order franchise, the show's ratings suffered a steep drop and regularly finished fourth in its time slot. By the end of the sixth season, Law & Order: Criminal Intent saw its lowest ratings ever.

In May, 2007, NBC faced a choice of renewing either Criminal Intent or the original Law & Order, which had seen a ratings increase in the last few outings of its seventeenth season. Ultimately, because of weak ratings, NBC passed on Criminal Intent and picked up Law & Order. Because new episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent were still a profit center for the NBC Universal-owned studio that produces the series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent was moved to the NBC Universal owned USA Network after six seasons on NBC, because on USA Network it attracted a much larger audience . The remaining episodes from the seventh season will begin screening on June 8 . The show was stopped in December 2007 due to the writers' strike. In Canada Law & Order: Criminal Intent airs new original episodes on CTV at 10PM Sundays.

For its move to the USA network, the "heavier" sounding version of the "Law & Order:CI" theme used for the show's opening credits was replaced by the version used on the short-lived Law & Order: Trial By Jury.

It was announced on May 22 that USA network had renewed Criminal Intent for an eighth season. The seventh season was the top rated television series on basic cable as it had more than quadrupled the audience for the 10PM Thursday slot on USA network when compared to the ratings for the previous year. Nielsen Ratings for the week of July 13, 2008 showed that Criminal Intent is ranked 6th overall on top 20 cable ratings, with a viewer base of 4.899 million viewers. The network ordered 16 episodes which were originally going to begin screening in November 2008, but the network moved the premiere, first to February 5 2009 and later on with an expected date of spring/summer 2009, finally announcing the start date as April 19. All key cast members from the seventh season will be returning , except for Chris Noth (replaced by Jeff Goldblum). At the end of the seventh season, Leight, who left to focus on In Treatment, was replaced by new executive producers Walon Green and Robert Nathan. In December 2008, with two completed Goldblum episodes, Nathan left. "Law & Order" co-executive producer and writer Ed Zuckerman has picked up Nathan's assignment while continuing his duties for "the mothership's" 19th season.

Beginning in season five, episodes alternated between two sets of detectives: the A team, featuring Goren and Eames, and the B team, featuring Logan and another detective through season 8. In season 8, Logan will be replaced by Nichols.

Criminal Intent's seasons 1-6 aired on NBC on Tuesday nights at 9:00 PM EST. In October 2007, new episodes of season 7 aired on the USA Network on Thursday Nights at 9:00 PM EST. In June 2008 the remaining episodes of the season aired on Sunday nights at 9:00 PM EST on USA. Starting on January 9, 2008, reruns of season 7 began airing on NBC. Criminal Intent's season premiere is planned to air on April 19, 2009 along with the second season premiere of In Plain Sight.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released Law & Order: Criminal Intent on DVD in Regions 1, 2 & 4 for the very first time. Seasons 1-3 have been released in Region 1, while in Regions 2 and 4 they have released Seasons 1&2. Season 3 will be released in Region 2 on April 13, 2009.

On June 15, 2008, Mary McCormack made a guest appearance in the episode "Contract", as Mary Shannon, her character from In Plain Sight. At the time of the original airing, In Plain Sight followed Criminal Intent on the USA Network.

In July 2005, NBC Universal sold the format of Law & Order: Criminal Intent to French channel TF1 Alma Productions to launch a localized French version of the drama. The version came with its own native language title (Paris enquêtes criminelles) and actors. The first season, consisting of eight episodes, went into production and premiered in 2007. The show mirrors the content of the original US stories, although it is set in Paris and is adjusted for language and culture. Vincent Perez plays Vincent Revel (French equivalent of Vincent D'Onofrio's role, Robert Goren). Sandrine Rigaux played Claire Savigny (French equivalent of Kathryn Erbe's character, Alex Eames) during the first season. A crossover between Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Paris, enquêtes criminelles was produced in preparation for April 2007.

Vincent Perez on the subject of differences between his character Ravel and Goren (translated from French), "I've watched very little of the original series so as not to be influenced, but I had the impression that Goren was very cerebral. Ravel is more instinctive and perhaps, more vulnerable".

The show premiered in France in May 2007 and has become a major success for TF1. A second season has been ordered. Sandrine Rigaux will be replaced by Audrey Looten, who will play Mélanie Rousseau.

A Russian version of L&O: CI (shot in Moscow with Russian actors) premiered in March 2007, where it was shown back to back with the Russian version of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, to become one of Russia's top-rated series. As a result, the initial order of eight episodes has been expanded to some 40 episodes.

Other international versions of the show are presently in negotiations.

In addition, dubbed versions of the original series are available in over 150 countries.

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List of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is an American police procedural television series set and filmed in New York City. It is the second spin-off of the long-running crime drama Law & Order. Law & Order: Criminal Intent follows a distinct division of the New York City Police Department: the Major Case Squad, which investigates high-profile murder cases, such as those involving VIP`s, local government officials and employees, the financial industry, and the art world. Unlike the other series in the Law & Order franchise Law & Order: Criminal Intent gives significant attention to the actions and motives of the criminals, rather than primarily focusing on the police investigation and trial prosecution. Episodes do not usually contain trials, and often end in confessions rather than plea bargains or verdicts. Law & Order: Criminal Intent premiered on September 30, 2001 on NBC a terrestrial television network in the United States. The first six seasons all aired on NBC, but following a ratings decline, the series moved to the USA Network, a cable channel owned by NBC Universal. As of August 24, 2008, seven seasons of 155 episodes have been broadcast. USA Network made a sixteen episode order for season eight. After the airdate was pushed back from November 2008 to January 2009, it was rescheduled a second time. The season is now scheduled to premiere on April 19, 2009.

Created by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, Law & Order: Criminal Intent is produced by Wolf Films and Universal Media Studios. Balcer served as the series' executive producer, showrunner, and head writer for the first five seasons. He was replaced for the start of season six by Warren Leight, who left at the end of season seven. Walon Green and Robert Nathan signed to take over for the forthcoming eighth season, handling eight episodes each; however, after making two episodes, Nathan was replaced by Law & Order executive producer Ed Zuckerman. Michael Chernuchin co-executive produces Green's episodes, and Tim Lea co-executive produces Zuckerman's episodes. Other executive producers on the series are Norberto Barba, Peter Jankowski, Diana Son, Julie Martin, and Arthur W. Forney. Charlie Rubin is the supervising producer, and Balcer, Eric Overmyer, and Siobhan Byrne O'Connor are consulting producers.

For the first five seasons, Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe starred as detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames, respectively, Jamey Sheridan played Captain James Deakins, and Courtney B. Vance played Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Ron Carver. For seven episodes in season three, Samantha Buck temporarily replaced Erbe as Goren's partner, G. Lynn Bishop, while Erbe was on maternity leave. In 2005, Chris Noth reprised his Law & Order role as Detective Mike Logan, and was partnered with Detective Carolyn Barek, played by Annabella Sciorra. Screentime was divided between D'Onofrio and Erbe, and Noth and Sciorra; they each appeared in eleven episodes of season five. The followng year, Sheridan, Vance and Sciorra left Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The ADA role was not recast, but Sheridan was replaced by Eric Bogosian as Captain Danny Ross, and Julianne Nicholson was introduced as Detective Megan Wheeler. Alicia Witt, playing Detective Nola Falacci, temporarily replaced Wheeler as Logan's partner for the start of season seven; Nicholson returned halfway through the season. Noth left the series at the end of season seven; he will be replaced in season eight by Jeff Goldblum as Detective Zach Nichols.

The first three seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent have been released on DVD by NBC Universal subsidiary Universal Studios Home Entertainment in Region 1. Season one was released in 2003, which was followed by season three in 2004. Season two was released in 2006. Season three was released before the second season because the studio hoped that if consumers could purchase the most recently broadcast season, they would be more likely to watch the forthcoming fourth season. In Regions 2 and 4, seasons one and two have been released in chronological order. Episodes from seasons one, five, six and seven have been made available to purchase at the iTunes Store and Amazon Video on Demand.

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Untethered (Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode)

Untethered is a seventh season episode of the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In this episode, Detective Goren and Eames investigate the death of an inmate and the only witness is Goren's nephew who suffers from Dissociative Idenitity Disorder.

Both detectives fall into the hands of Goren's unstable and mentally ill nephew, who believes he is the next victim, and while investigating they're unable to find anything really helpful. So with the help of his partner, Goren against orders, goes undercover in the ward to see what is truly happening behind jail cells.

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