LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT WILL HAVE ITS ENTIRE EIGHTH SEASON AIR ON USA

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 Anderson’s “The Life

Aquatic with Steve Zissou” Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” and “The Lost World,”

“Independence Day” with Will Smith, “Nine Months” with Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore,

David Cronenberg’s “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 D’Onofrio/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

producers.

 

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 D’Onofrio (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

Nichols).

 

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, Dick Wolf’s 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 prosecution’s side of

the case.

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