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Paging Law and Order: Criminal Intent! Where are you?

In nbc, summer 2009, television, tv on 06/17/2009 at 10:14 am

Apparently, I was not alone in being disappointed that Law and Order: Criminal Intent did not materialize Monday night at 9 on CTV.

Despite repeated promos advertising the show’s move from Saturdays to Mondays at 9 p.m., that slot was filled by Criminal Minds.

Reader Philip was also unamused and writes in an email to The Box: “I am a big fan of the Law and Order series. I appreciate it much more than the CSI series. Anyways, I was really thrilled about having new Law and Order episodes this summer with CI and was enjoying the ones I had seen. Then last week they announced that it was to move from its Sunday berth to a new Monday slot to accomodate some move of the week. So tonight I was looking forward to the episode that they were advertising up to Sunday Night/Monday Morning. I get ready to sit on the couch and then what do I see. They have replaced L&O CI with another repeat of Criminal Minds which I am not a fan of, and it doesn’t even look like they are playing CI in the next few weeks. What’s going on? … Why does CTV DO THIS?”

I put the question to CTV and the response only adds salt to the wound:

NBC extended the trainwreck called I’m a aCelebrity … Get Me Outta Here to two hours, resulting in the pre-emption of L&O: CI. Same will happen on Monday, June 22. So far, it seems safe to mark Monday, June 29 for the return of the series (but will it be a new episode?) that has just added Jeff Goldblum, filling the spot left vacant when Chris Noth decided to leave the show.

So, there you have it. Blame NBC. For those of you craving L&O: CI in the meantime, Zap2it reveals many,  many reruns on Canadian digital cable service Mystery TV and a couple on CTV stations. Click here for Zap2it’s Montreal digital listings or localize it to your area.

And in the meantime, no need to leave you grumpy. What’s your take on Goldblum’s new character? Raised by shrinks, his detective character, Zach Nichols, is not quite as odd and intense as Vincent D’Onofrio’s Robert Goren, but he’s a comer. Too much intensity?

I’ve only seen one episode featuring Golblum (In Treatment) and I like the way the chemistry seems to be building, however reluctantly on her part, between Nichols and the now-confirmed-pregnant Det. Megan Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson). But no matter the role, Goldblum is a hard sell for some people. What’s your take? Email me or scroll down and leave a comment.

And thanks to Philip to writing in about the program swap.

— Denise Duguay

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