The future of LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT now hangs in doubt as actor Jeff Goldblum has announced his decision to leave the show after only two seasons. And the USA Network, part of NBC has been undecided what to do about renewing the series or not. All of this may spell the end of the series.
LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT was once built on the skills of the great character actor Vincent D'Onofrio who created an intense character role who seemed split between his own severe psychological issues and understanding the minds of the criminal. It was a complex character, and certainly one of the greatest performances by any TV actor ever. Supporting actors Kathryn Erbe and stage actor Eric Bogosian greatly added to the show as well.
As Vincent D'Onofrio developed some health issues, actor Chris Noth alternated with the role doing a fine job.
LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT is a great TV series. It needs to continue. But like all great TV shows, it hinges on having great actors. The original LAW AND ORDER franchise was once was built on fine NY stage actors such as Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin from RENT. And with the loss of so many fine actors, the show's future looks very cloudy right now.