'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Scoop: Kathryn Erbe reteams with Vincent D'Onofrio for final season!

criminal-intentImage Credit: Will Hart/USAReunited and it feels so… absolutely perfect.

Kathryn Erbe will be rejoining ex-partner Vincent D’Onofrio for the 10th and final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a USA Network spokesperson confirms.

News of Erbe’s freshly-inked deal comes roughly three weeks after D’Onofrio announced his own return to the show.

“I’m excited and grateful that Katie has decided to rejoin one of the best detective teams in the history of television,” said exec producer Dick Wolf in a statement.

D’Onofrio and Erbe left CI at the beginning of the show’s ninth season. They were replaced by Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows.

CI‘s eight episode farewell season premieres sometime in 2011.

Reaction? Considering this is what more than 98 percent of you were clamoring for, I’m guessing you’re pretty psyched.


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  • pepa

    *Now* we are cooking. :)

    • Eek

      Love her, but can’t watch it if he’s on it, so NO.

      • FS3

        Can’t watch it if HE’S ON IT?! They were the show from the start, so what gives there?

      • Matt

        @Eek, then you only started watching it only lately? Because those two are the orginals and the best ones. Your lost but our gain!!! So freaking excited…..

      • Lisa

        Eek said nothing about ever watching the show in the first place. Eek may love her from her other work.

      • Eek

        Precisely. I have enjoyed her work ever since What About Bob?, but the only thing I ever enjoyed about Vincent’s work was as the older Brother in The Breakup. He is just too intense and squirmy for me to watch comfortably.

      • tawnybw

        Unfortunately, Eek’s constitition is not strong enough to watch complicated dramas. Therefore, it would be best for he or she to not watch Law and Order: CI or any other crime drama. However, I would caution Eek not not submit an opinion on a show, especially one with such “die hard” fans like this one, without fully being aware of what he or she is saying. While Erbe’s contribution is critial to the integrity of the show O’Nfronio’s is priceless. Therefore, in the future, Eek should save his or her comments for subject matter for which he or she has creditable knowledge.

    • Cheery

      HELL yeah!! There is no other way :D

      • Don

        Glad they are both back. Sorry it only 8 eps.

      • BLT

        Yes! The team is back together. Now, I’ll tune back in. Sad it’s the final season, seems like we got shortchanged.

      • saywhat73

        Love Vincent D’Onofrio. This is one of the best L&O franchise, and one of the best teams. I’m sorry it will be the final season, and will only be 8 episodes. Thank God for re-runs. At least we’ll have that.

    • Lily

      Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! ;-)

    • Rock Golf

      Didn’t I see this already?

      Erbe Rides Again

    • Terri

      I’ve ALWAYS loved him and, to be honest, I always thought it was the most interesting of all the Law & Order shows. I have to be honest, when the show first began, I didn’t like how her character was written. They never gave her anything interesting to say or to be a major contributor to the investigations. Then it finally–but slowly–changed. They finally made her an equal partner with some brains of her own–instead of just being a piece stuck to Velcro at her partner’s side.

      • arlene

        good observation.. i too felt something lacking in her part. it was so uneven.. but it grew. did i mention i love this show and the characters.. the pairing of Vincent and Kathryn beats all the others!

    • Lorry

      Am I happy? Am I happy? YES YES YES! And I never thought I’d live to see the day to have my faves back :D

      • Tan

        I thought I was the only Criminal Intent fan, glad there are others, these 2 together are fascinating, I’m glad they are back too, I still enjoy the reruns, this is the best of the Law&Order series

    • KwadGuy

      Happy Erbe is back? Yes.

      Happy they are promoting this as the final season (and a short one at that)?

      NOT HAPPY AT ALL about that. Why can’t they at least wait to see the ratings before they put a nail in it?

    • Conly62

      I’m so glad this team on Law and Order CI is the best. you made my day!

    • renee

      love it love it love it. as much as i loved jeff goldblume, the rest of the cast was so bad now i just couldn’t watch it anymore. I’M BACK!!

    • Tom

      This is such horse****!!! The show was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better last season with Burrows and Goldblum.
      I guess I did see the final season last season cause there’s no reason to watch this crapfest!!!

    • maryb889

      YES YES YES!!!!!! I am going to savor each and every episode.

  • JamiesFanGirl

    WOO! It’s sad that this is on USA, but I’m still happy to hear it.

    • tnsmoke

      New episodes will air on USA but NBC usually will rerun them within a short time.

  • Kate

    Woot! And, love the intro… now that song will be in my head, lol. Thanks for the scoop!

  • Kirsty

    Awesome! I like Jeff Goldblum but I did stop watching CI when KE & VDO left, but I will be definitely do the final Season and what a season it’ll be. A fantastic send off :)

    • Lorie

      Same here! I’m so glad the team is together again.

    • BAF

      Gunna be a great season! One of the best detective teams! Can’t wait!

  • Nannarpite

    Woo-hoo!!!!

  • AK

    YES YES YES!!!!

    Now, can we please get them some decent writers?

    • Maria Isabel

      Exactly what I was thinking. I know that René Balcer is very busy with LOLA right now, so what about Warren Leight, Stephanie SenGupta and others -I mean the writers that really know the Goren & Eames characters- from the early seasons? Otherwise the series send off will be lackluster and lame IMO.

  • I’d rather give to TBA again!

    YESSSS! Best news ever!!

  • ethelmertz

    Only bad part about this news is the 8 episodes but 8 is better than none! Welcome back to both of you

  • Kat

    That is fantastic news – can’t wait to watch it now…

  • Michael Sacal

    On their first episode back, they must investigate the murder of their replacements, who, in a twist no one saw coming, were killed by… Coy and Vance Luke!

    • Brian

      Who is Coy and Vance Luke?

      • Michael Sacal

        Dukes of Hazzard reference.

        They were the Zack Nichols and Serena Stevens of their day.

    • Michael Sacal

      Zack Nichols = Goldblum
      Serena Stevens = Burrows

      • Sue1

        I got it, which I’m really not sure is such a good thing. lol

    • Michael Sacal

      I just noticed my typo. That should be Duke, not Luke.

      Duh…

    • wanda

      love it

    • mike b

      I like that idea you came up with. If you want to have a good send-off then have them both trying to solve a case that has them guest star on both Law and Order SVU and LAW and Order LA. That would be a great way to end the series.

  • kse

    Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

  • Amiee

    Fantastic News!!! It is only fitting that the show ends with these two.

  • LDSK

    I didn’t watch a single episode last season but I will definately be back for now…even if it’s only to say goodbye.

  • Luminosity

    Is the season going to be all flashback or a dream sequence? The way they left would not lead to an easy return for the two.

  • Jeff

    You had me at “Kathryn Erbe reteams…”

    • Eve

      You had ME at the mention of the great “Vincent D’Onofrio”!!!! This is good news and bad, the good is we get to see our beloved favorites again, the bad is we will get hooked again and will be even sadder they are ending it!!!!

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