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Jamey Sheridan Upped To Regular On Showtime Drama ‘Homeland’

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Jamey Sheridan Upped To Regular On Showtime Drama ‘Homeland’
Exclusive: Law & Order: Criminal Intent alum Jamey Sheridan, who recurred as Vice President William Walden on the first season of Showtime’s acclaimed new drama Homeland, has been upped to regular for Season 2. In season 1, Vice President Walden survived an assassination attempt and offered Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as he himself is priming for a Presidential run. In addition to his gig on Homeland, Sheridan, repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment, was recently cast as guest star (and potential recurring) in the CW pilot Arrow, playing Robert Queen, Olive Queen/Green Arrow’s (Stephen Amell) father.
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No Reprieve for Law & Order: Ci: 'It Was a Good Series Finale,' Says USA Network Boss

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No Reprieve for Law & Order: Ci: 'It Was a Good Series Finale,' Says USA Network Boss
Though franchise founder Dick Wolf had been angling for Law & Order: Criminal Intent to earn a reprieve by delivering a solid 10th and final season, a resurrection simply won’t be happening, USA Network’s top brass tell TVLine.

Asked if there was any chance for a semi-miraculous save and Season 11 order, given the warm welcome that returning regulars Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe received, USA co-president Jeff Wachtel answered, “No — and this is said with respect for the show, respect for Dick [Wolf], and most significantly with respect to the audience.”

USA Network Bosses Share (Some) Secrets of Their Sustained Success – Plus Psych Scoop!
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Dick Wolf Hopes for Criminal Intent Reprieve, Says D'Onofrio & Erbe Have Never Been Better

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Dick Wolf Hopes for Criminal Intent Reprieve, Says D'Onofrio & Erbe Have Never Been Better
Dick Wolf must be feeling a bit of deja vu this spring. Just as a year ago he was lobbying for NBC to pick up the original Law & Order for a 21st season (allowing it to set a record as TV’s longest-running drama series), the L&Overlord is now hoping that Criminal Intent‘s imminent 10th season won’t be — as announced by USA Network — its last.

“Being the unbridled optimist that I am, I still have hope that this is a ‘victory lap’ and not a ‘swan song,’” Wolf said during a Thursday conference call. “Based on the work so far,
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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Scoop: Julia Ormond to Unleash Goren's Demons

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Scoop: Julia Ormond to Unleash Goren's Demons
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is getting Det. Goren some much-needed help. Julia Ormond is joining the 10th and final season of Ci as Dr. Paula Severin, a police psychologist who will be conducting mandatory sessions with Vincent D’Onofrio’s tormented cop.

The Emmy winner is set to appear in all eight episodes of the show’s farewell season, which premieres on USA Network on Sunday, May 1.

Ormond’s TV resume includes arcs on Nurse Jackie, CSI: NY and the HBO pic Temple Grandin, for which she picked up an Emmy for best supporting actress.
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Scoop: Jay Mohr To Channel Charlie Sheen On Law & Order: Criminal Intent

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Scoop: Jay Mohr To Channel Charlie Sheen On Law & Order: Criminal Intent
The Law & Order franchise is known for looking at the biggest real-world headlines for storyline inspiration, and that seems to be the case with an episode from the upcoming 10th and final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

On the USA Network series, Jay Mohr (Gary Unmarried) will guest-star as a famous and incredibly successful Charlie Sheen-type bad boy. Mohr’s character, Nyle Brite, hails from a different area of the arts: He is a a “rock star” fashion designer whose every creation turns to gold. And his reputation for cocaine benders and call girl-populated parties only skyrockets his
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'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' renewed for 10th and final season

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' renewed for 10th and final season
This Just In: USA Network has renewed Law & Order: Criminal Intent for a 10th and final season with original star Vincent D’Onofrio back in the driver’s seat as Detective Goren.

“Only time will tell if this is a fond farewell or a renaissance for Detective Robert Goren,” teased exec producer Dick Wolf, “but everyone is ecstatic about going back to work on a show that’s a passion for all of us.”

The eight-episode farewell season kicks off in 2011.

Thoughts? Which Ci vet would you like to see Goren partnered with? Hit the comments!
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'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' collars Mozart's rival

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' collars Mozart's rival
Make room for Daddy! Law & Order: Criminal Intent has cast a father for Jeff Goldblum's Det. Nichols: F. Murray Abraham! So far, the acclaimed actor, best known for playing the title composer's archenemy Salieri in the 1984 film Mozart, is only signed for one episode — the season finale, airing in July. But, until I hear Pops has some terminal illness or an outstanding debt to a homicidal loan shark, I'm gonna take a guess that we'll be seeing him again. Thoughts? Can you picture the showbiz veteran, whose resume is longer than any given week's Ask Ausiello, raising the erstwhile Brundlefly?
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TV Casting: Lorraine Bracco to Guest on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

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TV Casting: Lorraine Bracco to Guest on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'
Lorraine Bracco ('The Sopranos') has reportedly booked a guest spot on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.' In the episode airing this summer, the Oscar and Emmy nominee will play a "woman who cares for foster children." Last night, 'Criminal Intent' had its ninth-season premiere on USA. [TV Guide]

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'Law & Order: Ci' scoop: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio named new captain

'Law & Order: Ci' scoop: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio named new captain
Law & Order: CI is undergoing yet another staffing change. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has been cast as the show's new captain, sources confirm to me semi-exclusively. She replaces Eric Bogosian, who is the latest Ci vet to depart as the show shifts its focus to Jeff Goldblum and new partner Saffron Burrows. As I previously reported, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Bogosian will exit after appearing in the show's two-part season 9 premiere. Rumor has it one of the three will be carted off in a body bag. Thoughts on Mastrantonio as the new boss? Sound off below! (Additional reporting by Keith
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'Criminal Intent' has a new captain

'Criminal Intent' has a new captain
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has joined USA Network's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," completing the casting transformation on the police procedural for its upcoming ninth season.

She will play the new captain taking over the Major Case Squad on the Wolf Films/Universal Cable Prods. series.

Mastrantonio's character, who comes from a working-class background, succeeds Capt. Danny Ross (Eric Bogosian), who headed the division for the past three years, following the departure of Capt. James Deakins (original cast member Jamey Sheridan).

Mastrantonio is one of two new faces on "L&O: Ci" for next season, joining Saffron Burrows. The hires follow the exit of four regulars on the show: original stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe as well as Bogosian and new mom Julianne Nicholson, who is being replaced by Burrows.

With the departure of D'Onofrio, the cop drama is taking on a lighter tone. It centers on Jeff Goldblum, whose
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D'Onofrio To Quit Law & Order

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D'Onofrio To Quit Law & Order
Actor Vincent D'Onofrio has confirmed he's handing over his TV cop badge and exiting Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

The Full Metal Jacket star will leave the show during an upcoming two-part season premiere; Jeff Goldblum will replace him on the hit show.

A statement from the actor, who played Detective Robert Goren in more than 130 episodes between 2001 and 2009, reads, "After eight seasons, and with the addition of Jeff Goldblum, now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities and I leave the show knowing it is in great hands with Jeff."

But he has assured fans his character won't be killed off: "I wouldn’t be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time."

Vincent D'Onofrio exiting 'Criminal Intent'

Vincent D'Onofrio exiting 'Criminal Intent'
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is planning dramatic cast changes for next season, with four regulars, including star Vincent D'Onofrio, departing.

D'Onofrio is expected to exit sometime during the series' upcoming ninth season, handing over his badge to Jeff Goldblum as the top detective on the major case squad.

Kathryn Erbe, who, like D'Onofrio, has been with the show since its beginning and plays his long-suffering partner Alex Eames, also will be phased out, as will Eric Bogosian, who plays the force's captain, Danny Ross.

As previously reported, Julianne Nicholson, who played Goldblum's partner but has just had a baby, her second, also is leaving. She's being replaced by British actress Saffron Burrows.

Details about D'Onofrio, Erbe and Bogosian's exit are still unclear as the actors' deals are being worked out. The network only recently renewed the Wolf Films/Universal Cable Prods. series for a ninth season, slated to premiere in late spring with a two-parter.
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Summer television gets cable boost

Summer television gets cable boost
Although you wouldn't know it from following broadcast network ratings, summer TV viewing is at an all-time high.

According to a Turner research report, the average person watched 32.2 hours of TV per week this summer. In 2004, the average number of TV hours viewed during the summer was 29.8.

The gains were driven by cable TV programming, which continues to erode the traditional advantage of the Big Four networks.

Among new series on ad-supported cable, the most-watched programs were USA's "Royal Pains" (averaging 7.2 million viewers), Syfy's "Warehouse 13" (4 million), TNT's "Hawthorne" (3.9 million), TNT's "Dark Blue" (3.4 million) and Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" (3 million).

The most-watched returning shows were TNT's "The Closer" (7.9 million) and four on USA: "Burn Notice" (7.7 million), "Monk" (5.6 million), "In Plain Sight" (5.1 million) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (4.6 million).

Turner research head Jack Wakshlag said cable networks programming more original content than ever combined with the digital transition helped boost the number.
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Shields Making Movie Return In Furry Vengeance

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Shields Making Movie Return In Furry Vengeance
Model-turned-actress Brooke Shields is making a return to movie theatres - she's landed her first major film role in 10 years.

The Blue Lagoon star's acting career has been limited to TV roles in recent years, with appearances in Nip/Tuck, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Two and a Half Men, and the recently axed Lipstick Jungle.

But, fresh from her touching tribute to late pal Michael Jackson at his Los Angeles memorial on Tuesday, Shields has scored a part in comedy Furry Vengeance.

The movie, in which she'll play Brendan Fraser's wife, follows a real estate developer and his troubles with a family of raccoons, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Shields' last mainstream movie role was in 1999's Black and White.

Cage's Onscreen Brother Arrested

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Cage's Onscreen Brother Arrested
The actor who played Nicolas Cage's brother in World Trade Center has been arrested on assault charges.

Wass Stevens, 45, who starred alongside Cage in the 2006 film, also works as a doorman in New York and on Wednesday was detained by police and charged with attacking a man outside Manhattan hotspot Avenue.

Stevens - real name Mark Wasserman - has been charged with assault and possession of a weapon after he allegedly beat a 24 year old student with the metal end of velvet rope after refusing him entry.

Peter Pak was taken to the city's St. Vincent's Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

He tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "He was very condescending. We started cursing at each other and arguing. He lifted the rope and tossed the end metal part at my face. My head cracked and I fell to the ground. I had to go to the hospital for a Cat scan. There was no internal damage but I had huge blaring headaches."

But Stevens' lawyer, Sal Strazzullo, says: "Wass is 100 per cent innocent. He was released on his own recognisance, without bail, which I think shows you the weakness of the case. There wasn't even a corroborating statement from the victim at the court hearing."

Stevens has appeared alongside Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler and in Richard Gere's upcoming movie Brooklyn's Finest. He has also had recurring roles in TV's Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Ugly Betty.

Hargitay & Meloni End Contract Disputes

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Hargitay & Meloni End Contract Disputes
Law & Order: SVU co-stars Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni have finally ended their months-long contract dispute with TV bosses, after signing two-year deals to remain on the show.

The pair reportedly jeopardised their return to the hit series by demanding more money from network bosses.

Hargitay and Meloni allegedly asked for a share of the programme's profits from the NBC network, in addition to the $350,000 (£233,335) they earned per episode - a rare deal similar to ones TV bosses cut with Law & Order: Criminal Intent stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Chris Noth.

Reports last April suggested executives had threatened to dump the pair when their contracts expire in May if an agreement could not be reached - but they have now agreed a new two-year deal.

Law & Order: SVU marks its eleventh year on air in September.

NBC renews 'Law & Order'

NBC renews 'Law & Order'
"Law & Order" will match "Gunsmoke's" record 20-year run.

NBC on Monday renewed Dick Wolf's veteran crime drama for a 20th season, sources said.

The order is believed to be for 16 episodes.

Wolf had been open about his desire to tie "Gunsmoke" for the longest-running drama series on television.

Once a staple at NBC, "L&O," which spawned two successful spinoff series with "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & Order: CI," has seen its ratings slide in the last couple seasons when it served as a midseason replacement.

Its current cast includes Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Alana De La Garza and Linus Roache.

NBC is slated to announce its schedule for next season Tuesday in New York.
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USA delays 'Criminal Intent' premiere

USA delays 'Criminal Intent' premiere
USA Network has pushed back the eighth-season premiere of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" to first-quarter 2009.

The show, originally intended to return to the schedule next week and air as a split season, will now have an uninterrupted 16-week run when it returns with new cast member Jeff Goldblum.

"The show is in great shape," a spokesperson said. "USA believed that 'Ci's' new season was so strong that it would be best presented in an uninterrupted run of 16 episodes. As a strategic move based on the overall TV landscape and in this economy, it made sense to maximize the value of 'Ci' by moving to 2009."
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