USA delays "Criminal Intent" premiere

Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:02am EDT

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - USA Network has pushed back the eighth-season premiere of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" to the first-quarter of 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. He is filling in for Chris Noth, and will share lead duties with Vincent D'Onofrio.

"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."

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" aired for its first six seasons on NBC, but was relegated to USA last season to avoid cancellation.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter