Friday, November 30, 2007


From National Ledger, 11.30.07
By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star Vincent D'Onofrio says his upcoming indie film, "The Narrows," struck a personal chord with him. D'Onofrio, a father to two in real life, plays Kevin Zegers's father in the coming-of-age story about a young man caught between two worlds. "I think what happens with me when I'm playing a father is it takes on a life of its own," says D'Onofrio. "It's just something that you just feel like you can play, and while the camera's rolling, I feel so emotional and so open. This fatherhood thing really is something." He adds, "Kevin's a great kid, and we got along really well. We're a father-and-son team in the movie, and it was touching for me. It's a very emotional situation between a father and son, and being a father now, it comes naturally. … I think it opens all your emotions when you're acting as a father."

Thanks Linda


From the WGAE and AMPTP

November 30, 2007

To Members of the Writers Guilds East and West,

After four days of bargaining with the AMPTP, we are writing to let you know that, though we are still at the table, the press blackout has been lifted.
To Members of the Writers Guilds East and West,

After four days of bargaining with the AMPTP, we are writing to let you know that, though we are still at the table, the press blackout has been lifted.
Full letter.

November 29, 2007

The AMPTP today unveiled a New Economic Partnership to the WGA, which includes groundbreaking moves in several areas of new media, including streaming, content made for new media and programming delivered over digital broadcast channels. The entire value of the New Economic Partnership will deliver more than $130 million in additional compensation above and beyond the more than $1.3 billion writers already receive each year. In response, the WGA has asked for time to study the proposals. While we strongly preferred to continue discussions, we respect and understand the WGA's desire to review the proposals. We look forward to resuming talks on Tuesday, December 4...."

Click on "November 29, 2007 - End of Day" link.

Thanks PeachyBC


Striking Screenwriters Dismiss New Proposals

From New York Times, 11.29.07

Striking screenwriters on Thursday night dismissed a new set of proposals from producers as “a massive rollback,” and called on their members to continue their walkout with fresh resolve despite a plan to continue talks on Tuesday.

In a move to end a nearly four-week-old strike by writers, Hollywood’s studios and networks — represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers — earlier in the day offered a new package of proposals that includes a revised offer for payments related to movies and shows distributed via new media. More.

Thanks Linda


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Extended Length episode - December 6th

From the USA Network email -- EXTENDED-length....

Coming Tonight! - Watch an exclusive preview clip of "Untethered", an all-new extended-length episode of CI airing December 6th. Goren goes undercover at a prison facility's mental ward to investigate the death of an inmate!

Thanks Linda!


Monday, November 26, 2007

LO:CI Filming on location

From OnLocationVacations

"News & Locations" for 11.26.07

Today, Law and Order: Criminal Intent is filming on Water St near Wall St.

Thanks Denise


Friday, November 23, 2007

Photos from "Untethered"

sent in by Marion The Geek. Thank you

Thumbnails from NBC Media Village.

Larger versions can be seen on Ebay -


Saturday, November 17, 2007

More LO:CI Babies

'Mr. Big' Chris Noth to Be Big Daddy
Associated Press 11.16.07

Mr. Big is about to become Big Daddy. "Sex and the City" star Chris Noth and his girlfriend, Tara Wilson, are expecting their first child, the actor's representatives said Friday.
"Chris and Tara are very happy and have always agreed to keep what is most personal in their lives private," Noth's manager and publicist said in a statement.

Noth, 53, played Sarah Jessica Parker's love interest on "Sex and the City."

He'll reprise his role as Mr. Big in an upcoming "Sex and the City" movie. He also plays Detective Mike Logan on the TV show "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

Thanks Judy!


Rene Balcer Writer's Strike interview

Found on Youtube by DonnaJo. Sent in by Peachybc. Thanks for sharing it!

Video posted by lukeisback


Thursday, November 15, 2007

LO:CI Promo Campaign


The Briefing Room
By Jesse Nagel, 11.15.07

First-Run Episodes On The Cable Network Have Been A Huge Ratings Success

Northern Lights Editor John Laskas recently completed an ambitious campaign for USA Network to promote its first-run episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Spearheaded by Jason Holzman, the network’s new VP of Brand Creative, the marketing effort has paid off with the drama series rating as the #1 entertainment telecast for its October 4th premiere, and ranking among the top 10 cable shows in recent weeks. Full article.

Thanks Linda
Editor John Laskas cuts 25 spots for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
Posted November 16th, 2007 by Dabitch on Adland

Northern Lights editor John Laskas has been a right little busy bee cutting "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" spots for USA Network and Hungry Man, New York.

Three of these are launch spots where there's an odd twist to the usual drama portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Chris Noth. The writers Derek Shevel and Nicole Morgese had added a dash of humor to it cheered on by Producer of USA Network Lori Moretz who says: "The hardest part was injecting humor into a show that is usually dark and serious." Was it hard with those actors? Personally, I think Vincents super-straight face in "Logo" is teh funny.


Monday, November 12, 2007

Congrats to Marion the Geek

Marion the Geek has been named "Fan of the Week" on the USA website.

Previously, Marion has generously shared her photos/journal with us here on the site.

Congrats to her, and thanks to Sue Obrist for letting us know!


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Message from Rene Balcer

Sent in by Mr Balcer --

Rene Balcer and Sam Waterston picketing outside Chelsea Piers in New York City last Wednesday, Nov 7.

This is from Rene Balcer (and no, it's not about the library)

To our fans,

Just a few comments about why we writers are striking.

This strike is about a very basic principle of American Enterprise – if you create something, you should share in its success. Simple and fair, right? Well, management (the owners of studios and networks)doesn’t think so.

Writers, actors, members of the Directors Guild along with Teamsters who work in the film and TV industry and members of IATSE (another film/tv craft union) all get a form of compensation called residuals, either paid to them as individuals or contributed into their union’s health and pension fund.

Residuals are deferred compensation paid when a TV show or a movie is re-used (as a rerun for example) or resold (on DVD). Those residuals can run from pennies (I’ve actually gotten a check once for three cents) to tens of thousands of dollars.

Given the nature of this business, most of us work intermittently. You have good years and you have bad years. The average writer makes about $62,000 a year. And residuals are what get you through the lean times. Residuals allowed me to continue writing and develop my craft.

Management has proposed a series of measures which – if we agreed to them – would within a few years eliminate residual payments to writers. And if somehow they got writers to agree to these proposals, actors, members of the Directors Guild, Teamster and IATSE members would be next on the chopping block.

Residuals have long been considered part of a partnership between management and the creative community that allows the entertainment business to develop and sustain talent for everyone’s benefit.

Now, in an era of unprecedented profit, management wants to renege on that partnership.

That’s why the WGA is taking a stand by going on strike.

This is not a strike directed at the fans. But you don’t have to stand on the sidelines. There are reasonable people on the management side, people who still respect the partnership with the creative community. You can send a message and empower them to prevail over their more militant colleagues. Write the networks and studios, write their corporate owners – encourage them to return to the negotiating table and strike a fair deal with their creative partners.

In the meantime, please know that all of us writers at Law & Order, LOCI and SVU appreciate the expressions of support we’ve seen on the fan sites over the last few days.

Stay tuned.

Rene Balcer


Friday, November 09, 2007

Episode 11 "Please Note.."

Casting breakdown for next episode #11 titled "Please Note..".

This Goren/Eames episode shoots 11/21 - 12/4 in New York City.


Thursday, November 08, 2007

'L&O: CI' team gets better, 11.8.07
By Danny Hooley, Staff Writer

One of my favorite moments in the new season of USA's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is when the unkempt and unstable Detective Bobby Goren turns to his partner Alexandra Eames and asks her if he's really ruining her career, as a spiteful perp yells while she's being led away in cuffs.
Having just cracked yet another difficult case with her difficult but brilliant partner, Eames wearily says, "It's too late," and just walks away.

She's half-serious. Vincent D'Onofrio's Goren returns for the seventh season of "Criminal Intent" more unstable than he's ever been -- also "fatter, grayer and scruffier, like he doesn't shave," notes fan Eileen Reed from Wake Forest. "But he's still cute!"

The show's move from NBC to NBC Universal's USA cable channel doesn't mean it's the unloved runt of the litter. It's still the best of the three "L&O" shows, no matter what ratings say. And of the two partnerships on the show -- Goren/Eames and Logan/Fallaci -- Reed and I agree that Goren and Eames still take it hands down.

"They're like an old married couple," Reed says with a laugh. "They bounce off of one another."

We share a laugh about Eames's line to Capt. Ross when he tries to pull her off a murder case.

"My partner doesn't adjust well to change," she says, as Goren paces in the background, out of earshot. More


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Impending Writer's Strike, 11.7.08


"Shows in which New York detectives probe crimes will themselves become victims of a writers' walkout if there's no resolution to the strike before next month, one of the show's executive producers said Tuesday on a Queens picket line.

"By Christmas, there will be no 'Law and Order' shooting in the city," Warren Leight, 50, producer of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," said outside Silvercup Studios in Long Island City. "It's the first time you can say that in 17 years, except for a few hiatuses."

Without a resolution, the rest of the show's 175-member production crew will be unemployed by mid-December, said Leight, a former president of Writers Guild of America East..." Full article

Thanks Peachybc!


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

'Criminal Intent' ratings on the rise

Variety, 11.5.07

'Law & Order' spinoff improves time slots

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is making a ratings killing in syndication.
NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution has bucked conventional wisdom by selling the show station by station as a Monday-Friday strip.

Hourlongs have tended to go straight to cable nets in the last several years, but the NBC syndie arm's gamble has paid off here as the rerun ratings continue to rise.

The show landed 2 million viewers last week and continued to attract women 18-49 and women 25-54. "Law & Order: CI" is also improving time periods, notably in Chicago: In its 10 p.m. timeslot on WPWR, the show saw a 125% increase in women 25-49 over last year's block of "Scrubs" and "King of the Hill" reruns.

Full article.

Thanks Amy!


Monday, November 05, 2007

Writers Hit the Picket Lines, New York, 11.5.07

Get Ready for Reruns

NEW YORK (CNN) — Dozens of writers picketed Monday morning outside NBC studios at Rockefeller Plaza, carrying signs and yelling, on the first day of the Writers Guild of America’s strike against studios and production companies.

What do we want? a man called to the strikers.

Contracts! the group answered.

When do we want it?


The writers’ union says the strike, which began at 12:01 a.m. PT (3:01 a.m. ET), is necessary to protect their members’ future incomes as the shows they write are increasingly distributed over new media, primarily through Internet downloading. A last-day effort to reach a new work agreement collapsed Sunday night despite the writers conceding a demand for a doubling of how much they are paid for DVD sales. This had been considered the major stumbling block to a deal.

The DVD situation has always been a catastrophe, Warren Leight, the executive producer of NBC’s Law and Order: Criminal Intent, said Monday. But, he stressed, At the moment, we have no piece of the Internet at all. Full article.


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Tribeca NYC 10.24.07


Thanks to Nuri!


Friday, November 02, 2007

Scribes strike on Monday

Variety, 11.2.07

No new talks scheduled
The Writers Guild of America has announced that its 12,000 members will go on strike Monday against studios and networks.
The strike officially begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Members began receiving the official announcement Friday afternoon -- at the same time that the WGA was holding a news conference at WGA West headquarters in Los Angeles.

Members were told that all writing covered under WGA agreements must cease when the strike starts.

The strike received unanimous approval in today's meetings of the WGA West board and the WGA East Council. More.
"Pencils Down Means Pencils Down"

From the WGA

~ excerpted ~
So, just to be absolutely clear: In the event of a strike, we, the following showrunners, will do no writing and no story breaking — nor will any be asked of our writing staffs — until we get a deal.

Showrunners support the strike .


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Our long national TV nightmare is...on hold?, 11.1.07
by John Scott Lewinski

Successful screenwriter and Hollywood curmudgeon William Goldman (Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid)is famous for this simple analysis of Hollywood trends: "Nobody knows anything." Goldman was referring to the inability of producers and executives to predict what projects may or may not prove successful. But, these days those same three words succinctly sum up the conflicting rumors of the looming writer's strike.

It's now about a half-hour after midnight, Nov. 1. The ghostly echoes of Halloween, 2007 are fading into The Witching Hour for show-biz scriptors. All over Hollywood, cellphones, Blackberries texts and e-mails are piling up like discarded trick or treat wrappers as writers, producers, actors and anyone else employed by the entertainment industry want to know who's coming to work tomorrow. More