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.)!

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Law & Order: SVU – “Behave” September 29th NBC promo

YouTube – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – “Behave” 9/29 [12×03] (promo)

Click the links to see the emotional “Law & Order: SVU” promo for the episode “Behave” which guest stars Jennifer Love Hewitt (and her spectacular performace). Wednesday (Sept. 29) at 9PM/8c before the “Law & Order: LA” premiere at 10PM/9c on NBC.

NBC Wednesday’s are all about CRIME, LAW, & ORDER, So BE THERE!

YouTube – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – “Behave” 9/29 [12×03] (promo)

Law & Order: LA – “Wild West” Promo

The newest Law & Order: Los Angeles promo… “They don’t call it the Wild West for nothing.” Law & Order: Los Angeles, Wednesdays 10PM/9c on NBC! Series premieres: Wed. September 29th 10PM/9c on NBC after a new SVU at 9PM/8c!

Rachel Ticotin joins “Law & Order: Los Angeles” as Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales

Deadline – Rachel Ticotin Joins ‘Law & Order: LA’

Rachel Ticotin is set to co-star on NBC’s upcoming series Law & Order: Los Angeles. Ticotin will join the Wolf Films/UMS crime drama as a regular, replacing Wanda De Jesus who recently departed the series. Ticotin will play the new Lieutenant who heads the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division. […] De Jesus filmed the first 2 episodes, but I [Deadlinehear her character is being be written out of them. Ticotin, repped by Stone Manners Salners, is expected to reshoot the scenes next week.

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Ticotin is currently the wife of Peter Strauss (who is guest starring in the Law & Order: SVU season 12 premiere episode “Locum”, airing September 22 at 9PM/8c on NBC)! And she was married to David Caruso (CSI: Miami) which De Jesus co-starred with at one point… Imagine that! I hate that De Jesus didn’t work out, I would have loved to see what she could really do on LOLA, oh well.

Anyway the Law & Order: LA premiere episode (“Hollywood”) is set to air Wednesday September 29, at 10PM/9c on NBC after a new SVU at 9PM/8c, all on NBC!

Paula Patton leaves “Law & Order: SVU” and is replaced by Melissa Sagemiller

TVGuide – SVU Producer Neal Baer Explains ADA Shakeup

How did Melissa Sagemiller come to replace Paula Patton as the new ADA on Law & Order: SVU? TV Guide Magazine got the scoop from showrunner Neal Baer.

“Right before Paula started her first episode — which she’s shooting right now — she was offered a test for Mission: Impossible: 4,” says Baer. “We had a contract, but I don’t want to stand in someone’s career path if they’re going to be in a huge feature film with Tom Cruise. So when she got that role, we recast ours.”

Sagemiller was on his radar since he had “compiled a huge disc of performances” from actresses he was considering for the ADA role before Patton won it. “So we went back to someone we had liked already and that was Melissa Sagemiller,” the producer says. Luckily for him, the actress (Raising the Bar, Sleeper Cell) was available since her pilot, the Rockford Files remake, had crashed and burned.

Sagemiller makes her first appearance on October 20 and plays Gillian Hardwicke, “a Brooklyn ADA who wanted to come to SVU because she greatly admires Benson and Stabler” and has “got an amazing track record in solving cases,” Baer says.  As for Patton’s Mikka Von, expect her to go out in a big way.

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And here I was actually looking foward to seeing Paula Patton in a regular role as A.D.A. Mikka Von on SVU. Oh well, at least we get Melissa Sagemiller!

People wonder the reason why SVU only tries to pull in female ADAs in regular roles, I have your answer: They can only take females because SVU is leading in males (Meloni, Belzer, Ice-T, Florek, Wong) and the only MAIN lead is Hargitay and you have a recurring MAIN lead from Tunie. Thus, they need to have a female ADA… women’s rights come into play when you have an all male (or vice versa, female) cast (ie “Law & Order”  from 1990-1993, they brought in Carolyn McCormack first because they didn’t have women as main roles: Then came S. Epatha Mekerson and Jill Hennessy.)

So there is your explaination for why women are ADAs on SVU. SVU CAN RISK GETTING CANCELED if there are more men than women (and vice versa) on the cast.

The two-hour season premiere (“Locum”/”Bullseye”) of “Law & Order: SVU” is September 22nd at 10pm/9c on NBC!

Law & Order: SVU Invades Law & Order: LA

TV Guide – Keck’s Exclusives: Law & Order: SVU Invades LO:LA


Skeet Ulrich and Mariska Hargitay

Crossover alert! In Law & Order: SVU’s September 29 episode, Mariska Hargitay’s Det. Olivia Benson leaves New York for Los Angeles, where she joins forces with Skeet Ulrich’s Det. Rex Winters—the central character in the new Law & Order: Los Angeles (which debuts that night at 10/9c, on NBC).

It’s an issue close to Mariska’s heart that brings Benson to L.A.: a case about a rape survivor (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt) who, several years earlier, submitted to an invasive exam for a rape evidence collection kit that was ignored by police. The episode took shape when a real rape survivor shared a similar scandal at a fund-raiser for Mariska’s Joyful Heart Foundation, which supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. “I’m so honored that the SVU writers see the value in telling this story,” says Mariska. “And it’s very cool how they’re weaving our two shows together.”

With her contract expiring at the end of the season, Mariska says she’s open to negotiations, as is costar Chris Meloni, who says, “We’ll all have a chitchat and see what’s best.” But Mariska would also welcome relocating Benson to LO:LA. “I’m born and raised in L.A., so I’m definitely up for doing more,” she says. “I go where the work is. My L.A. friends all want me to be on LO:LA.” That includes new pal Skeet. “We could use an experienced detective,” he says. “That would be fantastic!” Watch out, Stabler!

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Here’s how I see it, the ONLY way Mariska needs to go to LOLA full time is if SVU is canceled (or if Meloni leaves)! In the meantime SHE (and Meloni) IS SVU. I don’t see either of the two happening, but I will settle for occasional crossover/two-part episodes where the NY office and LA office work on a case (like the NCIS “Legend” crossover).

I’d like it if Mariska stayed as long as SVU stays. But at least we know if her contract doesn’t get renewed by Spring 2011 we can expect her (and I wish Meloni) to be on Law & Order: Los Angeles.

The two-hour season premiere (“Locum”/”Bullseye”) of “Law & Order: SVU” is September 22nd at 10pm/9c on NBC!

Law & Order: LA – An Advantage for Stage Actors?

The LA Times – BC’s ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ could be a boon to local stage actors

It’s not every TV series that can count itself a close friend of struggling theater actors.

During its 20-year run, NBC’s “Law & Order” provided countless New York stage actors with a paycheck, employing them in bit parts, supporting roles and guest appearances.

The series came to be regarded among stage thespians as a rite of passage: spend years building up your theater credentials, get cast in an episode of “Law & Order” and finally be able to pay your rent on time.

The recent launch of “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” which starts airing on NBC in late September, means that Southern California theater actors will have a shot at working in the popular TV franchise for the first time. But in a city filled with TV veterans, will stage performers be able to compete for space on the show’s casting couch? “Law & Order” tradition of tapping into the theater community to populate the series’ supporting ranks. They said local stage talent offers them something they can’t get elsewhere — fresh faces that viewers haven’t seen in umpteen other series.

Although it’s still early — shooting for the first season began in August — some of the show’s top brass have said that they intend to continue the

Read the full story on “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

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You know that new face you see on a “Law & Order” episode and you see that same star again as a different character later in the season or the following season(s)! I’m interested in seeing how many theater actors/actresses we will see on “Law & Order: Los Angeles” that we haven’t seen anywhere else!

So the “Law & Order: LA” season premiere is September 29th at 10PM/9PMc on NBC.

The Jewish Journal talks to Rene Balcer about “Law & Order: Los Angeles”

Is Los Angeles ready for its dose of “Law & Order”? | Fall Preview | Jewish Journal

Following last year’s cancellation of the original New York version of the series after a venerable 20-year run — a record matched in drama only by the classic Western “Gunsmoke” — a new spawn will appear this fall: “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

While some may dismiss this latest iteration of Dick Wolf’s procedural formula as “more of the same, only different,” to me, the creation of a “Law & Order” in Los Angeles signals a cultural watershed, a moment to consider what living here means and to question how our concepts of justice and ethics, crime and punishment, play out in a city whose geography has often been its destiny and whose police force and city prosecutor’s office have their own specific histories and culture.

To get a sense of how the show might navigate our freeways and byways, I [Tom Teicholz] spoke with René Balcer, executive producer of the new show and, since 1996, a veteran of what he calls “the mother ship.” With Balcer having weathered so many homicides from week to week over the years, I [Tom Teicholz] wondered what he thought Los Angeles would have to offer in the way of murder.

“There’s no end to the crime story, starting with Cain and Abel,” Balcer told me. “People are always coming up with new ways of dispatching their fellow man. And for different reasons … I don’t think we’ve done it all.”

“Law & Order” has always relied on a uniquely compelling structure — in the first half of the program, police investigate a crime (usually a homicide); in the second half, lawyers from the District Attorney’s office prosecute. The L.A. version will be no different.

Like the original, the story will be told through two police officers and two deputy district attorneys — but, like identical twins might at first glance seem the same, the Los Angeles version, due to its own idiosyncrasies, inevitably will be different from its New York sibling.

In New York, Balcer believes, cultures clash more, and people get in one another’s faces, while Los Angeles is a “patchwork of different cultures,” a city where denizens of the Westside need never go to the Eastside, nor those from South L.A. to the Valley; where beaches are free, but in some places, public access is made difficult (particularly in the enclaves of Malibu). Such insularity will affect the storytelling in the new show. “Each episode can concentrate in a certain area of town and deal with the culture almost, but not quite, in isolation,” Balcer said.

Over the course of its storied run, “Law & Order” became known for not delving much into characters’ personal lives, for taking stories “ripped from the headlines” and for making interesting casting choices that often gave serious roles to stand-up comics and stage actors largely unknown to TV audiences. The L.A. version will uphold those traditions, for the most part — tweaking them to reflect the character of the city.

Given that in this city, private matters are just a prelude to publicity, Balcer admitted that there will be “five degrees” more focus on the characters’ private lives outside the office.

In creating the two detectives and the two D.A.s, who will alternate weekly, Balcer and the other writers hope to reflect the complicated ideologies, loyalties, lifestyles, career paths and ambitions that characterize Los Angeles.

In “Law & Order,” Jerry Orbach’s Lennie Briscoe captured a specific New York Jewish ethnicity that was pervasive in some of the episodes (after the show was canceled, Heeb magazine ran a feature highlighting the eight most Jewy episodes). But Balcer feels the show and its L.A. descendant are more universal, saying, “In the world of crime, every ethnic group and religious group is well represented.”

Balcer, who is concurrently writing a miniseries about the LAPD in the 1960s, wants “Law & Order: Los Angeles” to acknowledge the city’s police history, both good and bad, including its history of bias, from its many former John Birch Society members to the corruption of the Rampart scandal.

The main detectives are Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich), who as a rookie went through the Rodney King riots, and his younger partner, Tomas “T.J.” Jaruszalski (Corey Stall), whose father is a Polish émigré cinematographer and who, in Balcer’s words, “thinks being a cop is the most fun anyone can have … [like being] front row at the circus everyday.” Their lieutenant is Arleen Gonzales (Wanda De Jesus), a 20-year veteran who was one of the office’s first women detectives. “She’s gay [happy]; she has a life partner who’s younger; they have an 11-year-old son together,” Balcer said.

On the prosecution side, the alternating deputy D.A.s are Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina), a first-generation Latino whose father was a groundskeeper at Hillcrest Country Club, “a political animal” whose goal is to become District Attorney, which he sees not only as a stepping stone but “the place to do the most good.” He is assisted by attorney Evelyn Price (Regina Hall), an African American who grew up in Baldwin Hills, the daughter of a successful upper-middle-class businessman who, although aware of “all the foibles of the LAPD,” will choose law over anarchy.

By contrast, Deputy D.A. Jonah Dekker (Terrence Howard) is more of a free spirit and creative legal thinker. “This is not going to be his last job.” His assistant D.A. is Lauren Gardner — the character’s name may change — (Megan Boone), who comes from a well-off San Marino family with right-of-center politics (think Angie Harmon on the mother ship).

As for the stories, Balcer said celebrities will only be about “one-tenth of the cases, because there are a lot more crimes that happen in L.A. … but don’t get the publicity.” A mix of national stories will be told with an L.A. hook, along with stories unique to the region.

“For example, in Temecula,” Balcer said, “there’s a big controversy over the building of a mosque — well, that’s an L.A. story, even though that story’s being replicated in other places in the country. And there are some that are unique to L.A. — like the backdrop to the financing of something like Proposition 8. That would be fertile ground for a story.” Balcer also said he and his writers are working on a story about “second-generation Russian immigrants who get kidnapped in L.A. in order to shake down their rich relatives back in Moscow.”

When we [Tom Teicholz and Rene Balcer] spoke, Balcer was only a few days into filming the first episode. Scripts for half of the first 13-episode order had been written, and the rest were in process.

Will the show succeed? Will it ring true? Will it convey how morality and justice are two shades of gray in a city where everyone wears sunglasses?

From my [Tom Teicholz] conversation with Balcer, Los Angeles already seemed to be becoming a character in its own drama — a city set in a desert where strong hands grasp at sand.

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NOW DO FANS BELIEVE THIS VERSION WILL FOLLOW THE ORIGINAL SERIES?!?!?!

Law & Order: LA and Law & Order: SVU – “Justice” (promo)

So now NBC’s got a promo for “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (West Coast) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (East Coast) which leaves the question…

What coast of justice are you a fan of? – At the moment I’m a fan of BOTH coasts myself!

Watch the promo below or here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PeBJZXVYWc) to get your answer!

Law & Order: Miami trends Google


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Here’s something interesting, since this guy started this ‘movement’ to get a “Law & Order: Miami” to replace “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” on USA Network, it trends Google search engines.

Something I just wanted to post.