USA Network will be airing 16 all new episodes for season eight of
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT produced by Wolf Films and Universal Cable
Productions. LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT was created and executive produced by
Emmy Award winning producer Dick Wolf and developed by Rene Balcer. CRIMINAL
INTENT veers from the traditional Law & Order format by taking viewers into the minds of
its criminal while following the psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to
solve the crimes.
Academy Award and Emmy nominee Jeff Goldblum (Raines, Jurassic Park) has joined
the cast for the season eight and will be playing Zach Nichols, a detective who was born
and bred in New York City, particularly the Upper West Side. With a distinctive style and
quirkiness, Goldblum has made a name for himself in both movies and television. In 1995,
he was nominated for an Academy Award for his live action short film called Little
Surprises, which he shared with Tikki Goldberg. In 2005, he received an Emmy
nomination for his guest appearance as Frank/Scott on the hit series Will & Grace. His
film credits include Man of the Year with Robin Williams, Wes Andersons The Life
Aquatic with Steve Zissou Steven Spielbergs Jurassic Park and The Lost World,
Independence Day with Will Smith, Nine Months with Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore,
David Cronenbergs The Fly and The Big Chill with Glenn Close and Kevin Kline.
Also new to Criminal Intent are Walon Green, Robert Nathan, John David Coles, Michael S.
Chernuchin, Andrew Lipsitz and Timothy J. Lea who will be the new production team.
Walon Green will serve as executive producer, showrunner and head writer, and Michael S.
Chernuchin as co-executive producer for DOnofrio/Erbe episodes, with John Coles as New
York based executive producer and director, and Michael Chernuchin as co-executive
producer for the series. Green has executive produced numerous episodes of the original
Law & Order and several episodes of ER. He also has written for Law & Order, ER
and Conviction. Coles served as co-executive producer of the FOX series New
Amsterdam and the CBS series 3lbs. Chernuchin has produced and written for both Law
& Order, and 24.
The producing team for the Goldblum/Nicholson episodes includes Robert Nathan as
executive producer, showrunner and head writer. Nathan has been a member of the Law
& Order family working on both the original and Special Victims Unit as co-executive
producer. Coles will again serve as New York based executive producer and director, with
Andrew Lipsitz (CSI, CSI: NY) and Timothy J. Lea (The Riches, CSI:NY) as coexecutive
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT was the top drama series in basic cable prime for
4Q07 and brought new viewers to USA, more than doubling the Thursday 10pm time
period audience from the same weeks the prior year. The show boasts an enormously
talented cast led by critically acclaimed actor Vincent DOnofrio (Detective Robert Goren);
Kathryn Erbe (Detective Alexandra Eames); Julianne Nicholson (Detective Megan Wheeler)
and Eric Bogosian (Captain Danny Ross) and the addition of Jeff Goldblum (Det. Zach
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, Dick Wolfs third installment of the Law & Order
brand, follows the Major Case Squad as it investigates high profile cases, usually
homicides, such as those involving VIPs, local government officials and employees, the
financial industry and the art world. Criminal Intent differs from other series in the Law &
Order franchise because it gives a great amount of attention to the actions and motives of
the criminals, rather than showing (almost exclusively) the police and prosecutions side of