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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." »
The play will begin its run on 12 November, in an off-Broadway theatre. »
Noth will not be part of the eighth season of TV cop drama Law + Order: Criminal Intent after quitting the show on Thursday.
He says, "The last few years have been fantastic, and both sides are happy with the result. All's well that ends well."
And series creator Dick Wolf is confident Goldblum will be a good replacement.
He says, "Jeff's presence will add a new dimension to an already successful show." »
As part of the one-year deal, Leight is attached to join the network's drama series In Treatment as showrunner should it get picked up for a second season. He also would serve as an executive producer alongside Rodrigo Garcia -- who wrote the pilot based on a hit Israeli series -- Stephen Levinson, Hagai Levi and Mark Wahlberg.
It's unclear who will replace Leight on "L&O: CI," which moved to USA Network from corporate sibling NBC last year and was just picked up for an eighth season. However, it's understood that the network, along with Wolf Films and NBC Universal Cable Studio, are close to making an announcement on the new "L&O: CI" showrunner.
"Warren did a terrific job on 'Criminal Intent, ' and we wish him the best," reps for USA, Wolf Films and the studio said in a joint statement.
Leight joined "CI" as a writer-producer in its second season and took over showrunner duties after Rene Balcer departed at the end of the fifth season. »
On Friday, NBC-Universal Network Programming and Universal Network Television filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the "L&O" creator and executive producer asking the court to interpret a contract between the two over the amount of executive producer fees Wolf is entitled to receive for the all three series, which include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
At issue is an agreement signed in September 2004 by the two sides that included provisions for Wolf's executive producer fees, imputed license fees and other fees and compensation for the "Law & Order" series.
NBC Universal claims the agreement is a "pay-or-play" contract calling for Wolf to be paid executive producer fees in 48-episode blocks upon each order from NBC, regardless of how many episodes are actually ordered.
According to the complaint, Wolf has contended the 48-episode guarantee provides a "kill fee" in which he can be paid for two seasons of episodes of any "Law & Order" series, including ones that are not produced when NBC decides to not order more seasons. »
Actor Brad Renfro, who became a child star at 14 in The Client but in recent years was plagued by numerous drug problems and arrests, was found dead at his Los Angeles home Tuesday morning; he was 25. While the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed to Access Hollywood that Renfro had died, a cause of death was not named. The Tennessee-born actor snagged an amazingly high-profile part for his first role, that of a young boy sought by the mafia in the 1994 adaptation of the John Grisham novel The Client, opposite established stars Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. His impressive performance in the box office hit made him a high-profile young actor, and roles in such films as Tom and Huck, Sleepers and Telling Lies in America followed; he also appeared opposite Ian McKellen in Bryan Singer's controversial Apt Pupil, about a young student who blackmails his elderly neighbor, whom he believes is a Nazi war criminal. Despite a string of successful roles, including solid performances in Bully and Ghost World, Renfro reportedly found adapting to Hollywood difficult, and was arrested on a number of drug and theft charges. In 2000, he was arrested in Florida on grand theft charges for allegedly trying to steal a 45-foot yacht, and while on probation for the crime was jailed for underage drinking. Other arrests followed, and last year he was found in violation of his probation for failing to enroll in a drug treatment program. Most recently, Renfro had appeared in The Jacket as well as an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He had just wrapped filming on The Informers opposite Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Billy Bob Thornton and Kim Basinger. »
The difference was 8 p.m.'s Deal or No Deal (13.3 million, 3.6 rating/10 share in adults 18-49), which won the hour for NBC against weaker competition, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. The top show for the night was CBS' Criminal Minds (14.6 million, 3.9/10), which at 9 p.m. beat out ABC's Supernanny (8.9 million, 3.6/9) and NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9.6 million, 2.5/6).
CBS' CSI: NY (11.6 million, 3.5/9) won the battle of original dramas at 10 p.m. over NBC' s "Law & Order" (11 million, 3.1/9) and ABC's Cashmere Mafia (6.2 million, 2.3/6).
NBC (11.3 million, 3.1/8) won in viewership and adults 18-49 against ABC (7.6 million, 3.0/8); CBS (10.8 million, 3.0/8); Fox (4 million, 1.4/4); and the CW (2.1 million, 0.9/2). »
Law & Order is getting a British accent.
NBC Universal and Wolf Films are in negotiations to license U.K. format rights to the long-running procedural drama series to British production company Kudos Film & Television, sources said. ITV is set to air the tentatively titled Law & Order: London, which Kudos, the company behind BBC's Hustle, will co-produce.
"L&O: London" will mark the first locally produced version of Dick Wolf's original "L&O" series and the first English-language version of any series in the "L&O" franchise outside of the U.S.
Angela Bromstad, president of international television production at NBC Universal, was involved in the deal, her first major move since taking over the new London-based division in September.
While format rights to the original "L&O" had never been sold internationally, Russia already has launched local versions of Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and France also has its own version of "L&O: CI."
"L&O" had been considered more difficult to translate because of differences in the legal systems in Europe and the U.S. »
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