The Edmonton Journal says Law & Order: CI reinvents itself

The Edmonton Journal – L&O: CI reinvents itself

There are strange doings underfoot in the Law & Order universe. Tonight, despite the July 4th festivities in the U.S., NBC is showing a new episode of the new-look Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the 2001 spinoff that was conceived and shepherded by Montreal native Rene Balcer for six of its nine seasons to date.

L&O: CI was originally designed as a Columbo-style how-to-solve-it rather than a straight whodunit. Like Columbo, it featured a slightly dishevelled but brilliant detective, with Vincent D’Onofrio in the Peter Falk role, and Kathryn Erbe as his straitlaced, level-headed detective partner. […]

Ratings for both programs eroded over time, though. NBC shuffled Law & Order: CI off to its USA Network two years ago, where it had to compete for attention with the likes of lightweight clinkers such as Monk, Burn Notice and Royal Pains. It was decided that D’Onofrio and Erbe weren’t hip enough for the U.S. cable network’s audience, which likes its crime shows light as a feather and slightly on the goofy side.

And so D’Onofrio and Erbe were cast aside — their final episodes aired last week — and now Jeff Goldblum, master of the ironic smirk, has taken over full time. Goldblum’s Det. Zach Nichols has a new sidekick (played by Saffron Burrows) and a new boss (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio).

Tonight’s episode, Gods and Insects, finds Nichols on the trail of a war veteran and a banker implicated in financial irregularities, and their possible role in the murder of a partner at the bank. There’s a paper trail and an emotional trail, which is pretty standard stuff for TV crime procedurals these days.

But, as always in L&O: CI, the joy comes from watching the eccentric solve the crime. Goldblum has a unique way about him, and this is a very different show with him playing detective. Whether it’s better is up to you to decide. (CTV — 8 p.m.; NBC — 11 p.m.) Click here to read the whole article

I think it’s bad when people from other countries notice the changes in CI over the years. I think CI’s best season on USA Network was season 7. But I think we can all agree season 8 was better than season 9. The ratings prove that!

I think CI in all honesty needs to STOP, right now (July 6th)! It is just plain stupid that the show has reinveted itself in itself! NBCU/Dick Wolf/USA Network should be ashamed for still letting the show keep it’s name “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” when it’s not even the show’s title anymore. I think they should cancel the show, give Jeff Goldblum his own detective show – let the character Nichols go on with his life and let the show go ahead and die! It would have died in 2007 if USA hadn’t agreed to take it on. I’d rather it be done with now instead of ‘staggering like an old drunk man’ through the ratings, especially if no changes are to come to the series!

And I mean that!



  1. Kasi
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Speak the truth Joshua!

  2. Posted July 18, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is the greatest nonsenese I ever heared off.

    • mortonsloci
      Posted July 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Law & Order: CI has honestly gone down from it’s premiere, the sixth & seventh seasons, season eight, and season nine was the WORST of them all. If CI get’s a 10th season I will be shocked-appaled! It doesn’t NEED a 10th season. The show needs canceling now – while the season finale ended with a semi-high note.

  3. Posted July 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I cannot believe this will work!

    • mortonsloci
      Posted July 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Can’t believe what will work?

  4. Posted July 26, 2010 at 3:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    Nice post!

    New Season Burn Notice

    • mortonsloci
      Posted July 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much!

      Fiona get’s kidnapped in Thursday’s episode!

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