USA Network has New Showrunners for Hit Show LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
Series to premiere in November with new cast member Jeff Goldblum
NEW YORK, Aug. 4 -- Walon Green, Robert Nathan, John
Coles, Michael S. Chernuchin, Andrew Lipsitz and Timothy J. Lea will be the
new production team when LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT returns for its
eighth season in November on USA Network. The announcement was made today
by Jeff Wachtel, USA's executive vice-president of original programming and
co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions and Dick Wolf,
executive producer and creator of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT.
USA recently picked up an eighth season for the hit series produced by
Wolf Films and Universal Cable Productions and cast Jeff Goldblum as the
latest detective to join the major case squad. Created and executive
produced by Emmy Award winning producer Dick Wolf and developed by Rene
Balcer, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT veers from the traditional "Law &
Order" format by taking viewers into the minds of its criminals while
following the psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve
the crimes. The seventh season of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT airs every
Sunday at 9/8c on USA Network.
"Walon, Robert, Nooch [Michael Chernuchin] and I have been working
together for most of the last two decades," said Wolf. "Between them, they
have written hundreds of episodes of the brand's various iterations. By
joining CI, they are providing the best of both worlds -- a new perspective
and a wealth of experience with the brand. John [Coles] is one of the most
respected producer/directors on the east coast. I could not ask for a
better team as we embark on our eighth season," said Wolf.
"LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT has been a great success in its move to
USA," said Wachtel. "We are excited to have this wonderfully talented and
experienced team at the helm and are looking forward to fresh takes on the
show's creative as we head into season eight."
The entire production team will work with Wolf and Executive Producer
Peter Jankowski, who serves as executive producer of all three "Law &
Order" series, as well as president and chief operating officer of Wolf
Walon Green will serve as executive producer, showrunner and head
writer, and Michael S. Chernuchin as co-executive producer for the
D'Onofrio/Erbe episodes, with John Coles as New York based executive
producer and director, and Michael Chernuchin as co-executive producer for
the series. Green has executive produced numerous episodes of the original
"Law & Order" and several episodes of "ER." He also has written for "Law &
Order," "ER" and "Conviction." Coles served as co-executive producer of the
FOX series "New Amsterdam" and the CBS series "3lbs." He has directed
numerous hit television shows including "Sex and The City," "Grey's
Anatomy" and "Damages," as well as episodes for the "Law & Order" brand.
Chernuchin has produced and written for both "Law & Order," and "24."
The producing team for the Goldblum/Nicholson episodes includes Robert
Nathan as executive producer, showrunner and head writer. Nathan has been a
member of the "Law & Order" family working on both the original and
"Special Victims Unit" as co-executive producer. Coles will again serve as
New York based executive producer and director, with Andrew Lipsitz ("CSI",
"CSI: NY") and Timothy J. Lea ("The Riches", "CSI: NY") as co-executive
In its unique way of dividing the series into two distinct parts, with
Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe as partners, and the other with new cast
member Jeff Goldblum and returning actress Julianne Nicholson, the
production teams will be equally separate. Eric Bogosian will continue on
all episodes as Captain Danny Ross.
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT was the top drama series in basic cable
prime for 4Q07 and brought new viewers to USA, more than doubling the
Thursday 10pm time period audience from the same weeks the prior year.
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