Wednesday, October 31, 2007


From Futon Critic
Released by USA network, 10.30.07

Original episodes of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT lead the way to highest-rated October in USA history

NEW YORK, NY October 30, 2007 October 2007 is USA's best October ever among households (2.01 million), total viewers (2.6 million), P18-34 (566,000), P18-49 (1.2 million) and P25-54 (1.17 million). Compared to October 2006, USA is up +8% among households, up +7% among total viewers, up +10% in P25-54, up +12% in P18-49 and up +12% in P18-34.

USA's strong performance was driven by all four original new episodes of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, as well as WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and the acquired theatrical BRUCE ALMIGHTY.

The 10/18 original episode of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT was the top scripted telecast of the month among P25-54 (2.16 million).

And in syndication as well --


NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" posted its strongest weekly ratings since debuting in off-network broadcast syndication this fall.

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent," which is the first of the "Law & Order" series to air as a strip in broadcast syndication, rose 7% to a 1.5 HH, its best full week rating yet, according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 15, 2007.

Thanks Judy!


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Confessions of a "Law and Order" Junkie

The Simon
By Jeanna Cornett, 10.30.07

The highs and lows of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" on USA

If you, like me, bit your fingernails anxiously awaiting the debut of Law and Order: Criminal Intent on USA, then the first thing you heard, as you sat on the edge of your couch, waiting to see what was to befall your beloved orphan of NBC, was the revamped theme. And you felt a sinking feeling inside, as the opening strains of the familiar L&O came on, seemingly played on the same cheap synthesizer that played the theme to Miami Vice.

A thousand horrors crossed your mind, as the butchered theme played. Would the show suck as badly as the new theme? Would the gorgeous, on location New York photography that has been the trademark of the entire L&O franchise be replaced by the cheap, overly lit look of other USA productions? Would the “doink-doink” or whatever the hell that noise is be there? Would the stories suck?

Thank you Animaltalker


Thursday, October 25, 2007

The new Thursday challenge: 'L&O: CI'

Thursday nights on TV are as competitive as it gets, so the last thing the broadcast networks need is a strong cable show grabbing viewers on the night.

They may well now have that in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” on USA, which began airing original episodes of the longstanding crime series in the hotly contested 10 p.m. Thursday timeslot on Oct. 4, after years on NBC.

Just three weeks in, “Criminal Intent” looks to be cutting into audiences for broadcast shows like ABC’s “Big Shots,” CBS’s “Without a Trace” and NBC’s “ER.”
Full article.

Thanks Judy!


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

'Law & Order' Producer Weighs In on Looming Strike


Talk of the Nation, October 24, 2007 · Next week, the contract for members of the Writers Guild of America will expire. Hollywood producers and writers must negotiate a new contract, or face the possibility of a strike.

Rene Balcer, Emmy-award winning writer and the executive producer of NBC's Law & Order, explains the situation.

Link to Audio of this story

Thanks to Peachybc and
***More information on Rene Balcer's Frances Goren Library Project through the Room To Read organization.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Rene Balcer on NPR

Rene Balcer will be on NPR's Talk of the Nation tomorrow afternoon
(Wednesday the 24th) at 3:30 to talk about the library project, the threatened WGA strike and L & O. ~ sent in by nick2oh

10.24.07 - Audio for the show will be available at approx. 6:00 p.m. ET on NPR's site


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Writers Guild votes overwhelmingly to authorize a strike

Los Angeles Times
By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

In what union officials say is a record turnout, 90% of members approve a walkout if a contract can't be settled by Oct. 31.

Hollywood's film and TV writers are ready to trade their pens for picket signs if they can't reach a deal with their employers by Halloween.

Members of the Writers Guild of America voted by an overwhelming margin to authorize their leaders to call a strike if they can't negotiate a three-year contract with the major studios to replace one that expires Oct. 31. Of 5,507 members who voted, 90% favored granting a strike authorization. Guild officials said the turnout was a record for the union, which has nearly 12,000 members.

"Writers do not want a strike, but they are resolute and prepared to take strong, united action to defend our interest," said Patric M. Verrone, the guild's president. "What we must have is a contract that gives us the ability to keep up with the financial success of this ever-expanding global industry." Full article.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Interview with Michael O'Keefe


A two-part Interview with actor Michael O'Keefe, who recently appeared in the LOCI episode "Seeds". "Seeds" aired on October 11th on USA network and repeats of this episode have been scheduled for October 25th at 6 PM ET and 11 PM ET.

Read first part.

Part two.

Thank you to Peachybc and AnnabelleLeigh for sharing this with us.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Episode "Untethered"

Casting Breakdown for episode #9, "Untethered".

Thanks to a friend.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Kate Erbe to help libraries

From New York Daily News

Buying toys can help libraries

City school libraries will get a boost today when Caroline Kennedy helps a group of Brooklyn stores raise money for books to get more kids reading.

Kennedy, who will be joined by borough stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kathryn Erbe, will encourage shoppers at the Acorn toy store on Atlantic Ave. to spend so their money can be used to beef up school libraries. Shop for Class, a program that benefits schools, has recommended that Acorn and other participating shops donate 2% of their sales during the promotion. More.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Mr & Mrs D'Onofrio expecting a baby

People Magazine
By Michelle Tan, 10.15.07

Actor Vincent D'Onofrio and his wife Carin Van Der Donk are expecting a baby this winter, the show's rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.

"We're very excited," says the 48-year-old actor, who stars in USA Network's Law & Order: Criminal Intent. More.

Thank you Kelli and Linda for sending the link.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Frances Goren Library Project

We received the following email early this morning, and subsequently contacted to verify it. This afternoon we received an email from a reader stating that this information has been posted on Criminalmaster Proboards by the same person who sent the email to us, nick2oh. is a legitimate organization and worthwhile cause. If you wish to donate, you may do so online directly on their site.
From: rene balcer < nick2oh@email deleted>
Subject: From Rene Balcer
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 00:46:16 -0400
X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.752.3)

I wonder if I could enlist your help in a charitable project. The
following message, which I posted on another site with that site's
permission, explains what I have in mind. If it passes muster with
you, could I (or you) post it on the reel blog?

Many Thanks
Rene Balcer

This is a message from Rene Balcer:

I'd like to enlist your help with a charitable project. Please bear
with me.

For a few years now, I've been supporting an organization called Room To Read ( The organization builds libraries, readings rooms and schools in developing countries in Asia and Africa. They give scholarships to young girls, and publish native- language books for kids. You can read all about them at

Long story short, since Frances Goren was a librarian, I thought it might be cool and useful for the LOCI community to raise funds to build a Room To Read library. Once built, Room To Read will put a dedication plaque on the library in honor of Frances Goren from fans of LOCI or from Bobby Goren. The wording would up to the fans. I will match dollar-for-dollar every contribution made to the fund for the library.

Donations can be in any amount, $5 and up. There are a number of ways to make a donation but the simplest is either by check or by credit card on-line. I've included the instructions below. The key thing is to clearly mark your donation as being in support of the "Frances Goren Library" project.

If you would like to get other LOCI fansites involved, feel free to copy this message and post it over there.

You've all been loyal fans of the show over the years, and I thought you might get a kick out of knowing that there's a library somewhere out there with Bobby and Frances Goren's names on it -- and that you had a hand in building it. Thanks to you, some kid will get the gift of reading. Thanks to you, some kid will get that great investigative tool -- a library card!

Like they say, give till it feels good.


Rene Balcer

Instructions for donating to the "Frances Goren Library" project:


Make checks payable to "Room To Read" and indicate clearly that it's for the "Frances Goren Library" project. Checks can be mailed to:

Room to Read
PO BOX 29127
San Francisco CA 94129

For DHL, FedEx and UPS, our physical address is:

Room to Read
87 Graham St., Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94129

Credit Cards and Paypal:

Donations can be made online at . Again, indicate clearly that it's the "Frances Goren Library" project.


'Law & Order' On the Case


Read any New York actor's bio and you'll probably find at least one of the three Law & Order shows among the credits. The long-running franchise has been one of the city's biggest employers of talent since the original series debuted on NBC in 1990. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit began in 1999, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (now on the USA Network) premiered in 2001.

To learn how all those cops, lawyers, perps, witnesses, and lab technicians are cast -- and how you can become one of them -- Back Stage spoke with the principal casting directors for SVU and Criminal Intent and the background casters for all three shows. More.

Thanks Sherri


Cute Photo

In the Los Angeles Times, from a previously mentioned article - "Adopted by a Rich Family"

Thanks Amy!


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Interview: Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe

Evan Jacobs, 10.3.07

Recently Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe sat down to discuss this show and what fans can expect from the seventh season.

Is there anything different now that show has moved to the USA Network?

Vincent D'Onofrio: They really haven't changed anything as far as production...

Kathryn Erbe: No, I think the same change that was starting last year is continuing. The show has felt like it's evolving from the beginning. I think last year we had a change in our main writer... and our shows executive producer. They came on and really started to breathe new life into the form in terms of the way that they were shooting it. That is continuing... adding the focus of our private lives. That continues right along but the only thing that feels different is that USA is incredibly excited about having us. Wanting to promote the show and wanting to get the word out that we're going to be on USA and they've been incredibly flattering to us. Its felt really good. Full interview on

Thanks Peachybc!


LO:CI scribe blogs on USA

From the writer of the first CI episode, "Amends", Siobhan Byrne O'Connor -

I got the idea for "Amends" from an episode that aired last season, in which Eames tells Ross that her husband died eight years ago. That Eames was married raised so many interesting questions: What was her marriage like? How long were they married? How did he die? What was he like? It opened up a side of her character we'd never seen. As a writing staff, we'd always talked about doing an episode that involves re-investigating a homicide that one of our detectives had solved when evidence surfaces that appears to clear the person convicted of the crime. We had always thought it might be interesting to explore the impact that has on one of our detectives: the guilt and the second guessing, etc. More.

Thanks to AnnabelleLeigh and Peachybc!


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

CI on location in Battery Park 10.9.07

Photos by Kona Gallagher. Thanks for sharing them!

More of Kona's photos


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

More "Staten Island" photos

More production photos from film titled "Staten Island" can be found in Filmography>StatenIsland

Thanks to a friend


Saturday, October 06, 2007

New LO:CI Fanvid

An excellent new fanvid of LO:CI opening titles from Jefferaldo!


Acting just like a dad

by Bill Harris, 10.6.07

D'Onofrio offers daughter some fatherly career advice

If Vincent D'Onofrio's daughter is going to be an actress, he wants her first job to be in movies or on stage, not on TV.

D'Onofrio, of course, makes his living on television. He plays Det. Robert Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which starts its seventh season tomorrow on CTV.

Nonetheless, D'Onofrio says the boob tube is no place for a young actress to learn her craft.

"No, I wouldn't want her to be on TV first," D'Onofrio said of his daughter, Leila, who is 15. "I would much prefer her to keep doing the theatre like she's doing, and do a film first.

"As an actor, with the way you have to think and the way you have to study, I would prefer her to learn it the way they do in film and theatre, not the way they do on television."

Ever the protective dad, D'Onofrio doesn't want Leila to go the modelling route, either.


'Intent' Is Smooth 'Criminal'

Multichannel News

"Debut Of Wolf Series On USA Tops Cable Entertainment Ratings For Night"

USA Network’s debut of Dick Wolf’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent last night was the leading entertainment show on cable in both key demos and total viewers.

The show, whose original episodes previously unwrapped on sister service NBC, attracted 3.8 million total viewers on Oct. 4, according to Nielsen Media Research data. Included in that total: 1.7 million persons 18 to 49 and 1.9 million 25-to-54 viewers.

Officials at the network said Criminal Intent’s 25-to-54 delivery ranked as the highest entertainment telecast – outside of sports and WWE – for a cable network on a Thursday night against broadcast in at least the last two TV seasons. More.

Thank you to EVERYONE who forwarded this to us!!


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Kathryn Erbe of Law & Order: CI Isn't Cracking Down on Her Cookie Addiction


In tonight’s season premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Detective Eames revisits the murder of her late husband. Eames has a weakness for double-vodka martinis, but the actress who plays her, Kathryn Erbe, says her only remaining vices are sugar and caffeine. “I have a terrible sweet tooth,” she tells us. “I’m a cookie addict.” We suppose it’s better than being the sort of addict that she fights in CI — she is a mom and all. So where does the Brooklynite feed her habit?
Thursday, October 4
This morning I was doing the Today show. I was running my son to school, and my daughter was sick. When I’m with my kids, I grab whatever I can find. I had a large iced coffee with soy and sugar and a strawberry nonfat Stonyfield Farm yogurt.

For lunch, embarrassingly enough (it’s not very impressive nutritionally), I had a big red organic pear from Fairway and roasted peas. More.

sent in by a visitor - thank you!


Video: V & K on Today Show 10.4.07

From "The Today Show" on NBC, Natalie Morales interviews D'Onofrio and Erbe on Rockefeller Plaza (in front of fans) about tonight's premiere and the move to USA network.
They’re all about ‘Law and Order’
They’re all about ‘Law and Order’

Thank you AnnabelleLeigh

Also, from Youtube by Kris21108. Sent in by TheExpert - thank you!


Moving day: 'Law & Order: CI' sent packing to USA

by Tom Dorsey

Looking for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" this season? It switches from NBC to sister cable channel USA at 10 tonight.

Those kinds of moves are usually in the other direction -- with programs shifting to cable reruns -- but the media landscape is constantly changing these days.

Things get personal in this opening chapter, which poses problems for higher-ups. It happens when Detective Eames (Kathryn Erbe) reopens old wounds about her husband's murder after his former partner is shot dead on the job. Leave it to Detective Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio ) to put a fly in everybody's ointment, including Eames'.

D'Onofrio may have put on a few pounds and may be speaking a bit slower, with fewer nervous ticks, but he's the same old go-get-'em guy in the end tonight. More.

Thanks Peachybc!


From not a fan to a leading lady

by Al Norton, TV Editor

Erbe's adventure on law and Order

Kathryn Erbe is entering her seventh season starring as Detective Alexandra Eames on Law And Order: Criminal Intent, which makes its USA Network debut tonight at 10 p.m. Recently BostonNOW talked with Erbe, a Newton native, about the show and how it has changed over the years.

BN: Did you have any idea when you auditioned for the show that seven years later it would become such a major part of your career?
KE: I had no idea. This is probably embarrassing to divulge but I was not a Law And Order watcher. I had never as a NY actor played a part on Law And Order, which is almost unprecedented. My history with it is almost funny; my friend Nancy Perkins cast the show and I was doing a film in Los Angeles at the time, feeling like I would like to give up on acting because my daughter was 5 and I could not take the emotional strain of never knowing if I was going to have a job and never knowing where that job was going to take me. I was at a dinner party at a friend's house and Nancy and I were out on the porch together and she said, "I'm so relieved, we finally cast the lead actor for our next Law And Order series; Vincent D'Onofrio" and I said, "oh my god, who needs another Law And Order series?" (laughing). More.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Video Interview with LO:CI Producers

On USA website

Executive Producers Warren Leight and Norberto Barba sat down to discuss what LOCI fans can look forward to this season, and what the move to USA will mean for the show. Watch the VideoInterview with Warren and Norberto.

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'Adopted by a rich family'

From the LATIMES
By Matea Gold

NEW YORK -- When the cast and crew of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" found out last spring that their show was being moved from NBC over to its sister cable network USA, the initial reaction was relief that the drama hadn't been canceled -- followed quickly by wariness about the change.

But these days, the team behind the third installment in the "Law & Order" franchise talk about their new home with an optimism long missing from the set of the crime procedural, now entering its seventh season.

" 'Reinvigorated' is a good word," said Warren Leight, the executive producer and show-runner. "Last year was awkward because NBC was going through a lot of changes, and we were not a priority, it's fair to say."

The move to USA, he said, is "like getting adopted by a really rich family."

sent in by a visitor - thanks!


Monday, October 01, 2007

LO:CI merchandise

Update - 10.5.07
Teeshirts (and caps) are now available in all sizes and ship in November. Thank you to Sayitoutloud.

Update 10.4.07 - NBC Universal store sent out an email telling us to check out new CI merchandise but it's the same as below. Same inventory is out of stock.

Sent in by Bo - thanks!

"I thought you might want to know that the NCB/Universal store is no longer stocking Law & Order: Criminal Intent merchandise. When I called the store's customer service dept., I was told that the LOCI t-shirts and caps are sold out and that they did not expect to stock them again (presumably because LOCI is now on USA rather than NBC??). So I'm trying to spread the word and get people to call the store and request these items so they know that there's still interest out there."

Here's the info:

1-800-329-0892 (every day of the week, 4am to 10pm Pacific time)
NBC Universal Store

Note: At the time we received this information, the extra large t-shirts were still available. Pins are also in stock. We inquired at the 800 number and were told by the customer service dept that they do not know if the merchandise will be restocked.


Breakfast With ... Vincent D'Onofrio

Monday, October 01, 2007
By Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Actor, director and producer Vincent D'Onofrio first got the attention of audiences and critics in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," playing an emotionally unhinged soldier. Although he continues to do films, his big-screen career as been temporarily eclipsed after six years as Detective Robert Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," which is moving to the USA Network. The new season begins Thursday at 10 p.m.

Q: What do you get out of acting?

A: You know, it lets me do my thing. Well, honestly it's hard for me to answer that question, honestly, because it's what I do. My job. You know I get to do the things that I like to do and that's all acting.

Q: Do you put a lot of pressure on yourself to achieve?

A: Yeah, I try to do the hardest things I can do whether it's film or on the show. I'm much more interested in the more difficult episodes to get away with then the easy ones. When I do films, I pick parts that I've never done before and parts that scare me a little bit, so that I can have a thrill out of trying to accomplish it.


Submitted by cch and a friend - Thanks!

Listen to audio of the interview.


'Criminal Intent' detective to face personal trauma

By Dave Mason (Contact)

"It’s time to see how much this modern Sherlock Holmes can handle.

"Endgame," last season’s finale of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," led Detective Robert Goren to the shocking discovery that convicted serial killer Mark Ford Brody (Roy Scheider) was his father. He found this out just before his mother, Frances Goren, (Rita Moreno) died and just days before the killer was executed.

There’s no emotional relief in sight for Goren. This season viewers will learn more about him and his difficult past.

"There will be an intense test of his mental health," said Vincent D’Onofrio, who stars as Goren... More.

Thanks Peachybc!