Law & Order: CI renewed season 10, Vincent D’Onofrio Returns

Deadline – USA Picks Up ‘Law & Order: CI’ For Final Season With Star Vincent D’Onofrio & Gives Dick Wolf Pilot Commitment For New Project

After months of negotiations, USA Network has closed a deal to bring Law & Order: Criminal Intent back for an 8-episode 10th season with the series’ original star Vincent D’Onofrio, who will return as Detective Robert Goren, a role he played for the first eight seasons. Discussions are under way with Kathryn Erbe and other CI alums sans Jeff Goldblum, who recently announced his exit, to come back for the show’s farewell season. Throughout the entire dealmaking process, USA’s intention was to bring Law & Order CI back only if D’Onofrio agreed to return. […]

Law & Order: CI will return with new episodes next year. “We have been the fortunate caretakers of this legendary series, and we plan to give it the world-class farewell it so richly deserves,” said Jeff Wachtel, USA’s president of original programming and UCP’s co-head of original content. […]

Wolf thanked Hammer and Wachtel for bringing Criminal Intent back for a tenth season, adding, “Only time will tell if this is a fond farewell or a renaissance for Detective Robert Goren but everyone both here and in New York is ecstatic about going back to work on a show that’s a passion for all of us. Signed, Brett Favre.”

The news of Law & Order: CI getting a proper closure is in stark contrast with the abrupt cancelation of the mothership series by NBC in May. It is being replaced by the newest Law & Order addition, Law & Order: Los Angeles, which launches on Sept. 29.

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Good news eh (it’d be great if we really knew Kathryn Erbe was joining him and Walon Green has departed the series.)!



  1. dick
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    only 8 episodes it should be 20 that show was and always[ except when burrows was on ]
    the greatest cop show on the tube better then all the csi,s law and order and now with vincent and katie back if he decides to leave again katie could continue with another actor ,she would have been a great partner with goldblum instead of that actress

    • mortonsloci
      Posted September 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’d agree with you; but only one thing though: Walon Green is more than likely going to be the executive producer and if he does the tenth season like season nine – the show is going to go out dead.

      Rene Balcer or Warren Leight (or the both of them) need to return (together). I’d even be okay if Neal Baer came in as EP (he is trying to turn SVU around to be like it used to be – he even said that on his Twitter – too many people [even me] complained about season eleven of SVU, it DID suck [IMO]).

  2. gahks
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    D: Walon Green is staying on as showrunner?! No, this won’t do. Rene Balcer has to come back or, just as you say Josh, the show is dead.

    Give me a season 21 of Balcer-run “Law & Order” over season 10 of Green-run “Law & Order: CI” any day!

    • mortonsloci
      Posted October 1, 2010 at 1:21 am | Permalink | Reply

      I wish BOTH Balcer and Leight would return at the same time. I’d prefer if CI was written in season 5 style instead of what was done for seasons 8 and 9 (even though 8 was better than 9 on all levels)!

  3. gahks
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    P.S. Josh, is the season renewal going to affect your fanfiction plans or not?

    • mortonsloci
      Posted October 1, 2010 at 1:20 am | Permalink | Reply

      I am probably going to wind up pushing my fanfiction to Summer 2011 (possible rewrites)! Sorry.

      Is your UK ready for 2011 as well? – I guess that one will be the only one getting posted.

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