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EXCLUSIVE Clip: James Van Der Beek Visits the 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Finale

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 24th 2011 3:45PM
James Van Der BeekThis Sunday night, Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe will solve their last cases as Detectives Goren and Eames as 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' wraps up its decade-long run.

The final episode of the series also gives first-time guest star James Van Der Beek -- yes, Dawson himself -- a chance to live out a dream he's had since he bombed a 'L&O' audition at 16. That's right, a young Van Der Beek once tried out for a small role on the original version of the Dick Wolf series. Things didn't go so well for him the first time around, but as we all know, everything turned out okay for the Connecticut teenager.

After the jump, watch AOL TV's exclusive behind-the-scenes clip of the Beek from the Creek describing that disastrous tryout. His episode -- the 'Criminal Intent' series finale -- airs this Sun., June 5, at 9PM ET on USA.

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Rocker Patti Smith Makes Her Acting Debut on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 17th 2011 5:20AM
Patti SmithPatti Smith, a.k.a., Godmother of Punk, has made her mark in the worlds of music, poetry and the visual arts, and now she's tackling acting.

According to TVGuide.com Smith will make her acting debut in Sunday night's episode of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'

In true 'L&O' fashion the plot is ripped straight from the headlines: Detectives Goren and Eames investigate a Broadway musical, 'Icarus,' after an actor dies while performing a stunt.

The case is based on the many injuries stemming from Bono and the Edge's new Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.' Smith plays Columbia University mythology professor Cleo Alexander, an old friend of Goren's, who helps the detectives figure out the meaning behind 'Icarus.'

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James Van Der Beek Books 'Law & Order: CI' Role, Martin Short Joins 'Weeds' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 26th 2011 3:30PM
James Van Der BeekJames Van Der Beek will guest star on an upcoming episode of 'Law & Order: CI.'

According to TVLine, the 'Dawson's Creek' veteran will play Rex Tamlyn, described as an "overconfident, hard-partying playboy." The character is a partner in a Facebook-esque website that's devoted to hooking people up for fleeting romantic trysts.

Like 'The Social Network,' there's a lawsuit around the idea of the site, but with this case there are a few murders mixed in. It's 'Criminal Intent,' what do you expect? Thad and Trent Luckinbill also guest star.

Van Der Beek will appear in the ABC midseason comedy 'Apartment 23' as a fictionalized version of himself.

In other casting news ...

Martin Short and Aidan Quinn will guest star on Showtime's 'Weeds.' Short will play an attorney and Quinn has been tapped to play the CEO of an investment firm. Other guest stars include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Lindsay Sloane, Pablo Schreiber, David Clennon and Gary Anthony Williams. [Showtime]

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EXCLUSIVE First Look: 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Season 10 Premiere

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 29th 2011 1:00PM
Law and Order: CI'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is back and better then ever. How so? With a Charlie Sheen–esque story, complete with hookers and public meltdowns!

In the season 10 premiere (Sunday, May 1 at 10PM on USA), Jay Mohr guest stars as fashion designer Nick Brite. He lands on the radar of Goren and Eames after the murder of a young woman.

AOL TV has the exclusive first look at the episode, featuring behind the scenes shots with Jay Mohr and series stars Kathryn Erbe and Vincent D'Onofrio.

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Boston Rob Gets New Series, 'Blue Bloods' Creators Leave Show and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 25th 2011 2:20PM
Boston RobRob Mariano is going from 'Survivor' to TV host with the History channel's 'Around the World in 80 Ways.'

'Amazing Race' and 'Survivor' veteran Boston Rob will team up with Dennis Anderson, the creator of the monster truck Gravedigger brand to host the new series. According to History, the two will attempt to travel the world using 80 different modes of transportation, never repeating the same one.

"This series captures History's commitment to highly compelling entertainment within a historical framework," Dirk Hoogstra, senior vice president of development and programming at History, said in a statement. "The dynamic between our two hosts will make for great television, while viewers can journey around the world with them to explore the ingenuity of travel in every era, throughout all stages of technological advances."

The two hosts will use everything from blimps, fighter jets, ostriches and even build their own vehicles to get around the world. At times the two will work as a team, other portions of the journey will be a race.

In other TV news ...

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is tackling the troubled 'Spider-Man' Broadway musical. The storyline will feature a play with lots of high-flying wire work called 'Icarus.' A person involved in the play is killed in what looks like a stunt gone wrong. There are characters very close to the play who sound an awful lot like Julie Taymore and Bono. [TVLine]

'Blue Bloods' showrunners Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have left the CBS drama. Reports indicate CBS wants to take the show in a more procedural direction. Ken Sanzel left his executive producer post in August after creative tension with Tom Selleck. [Deadline]

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Lindsay Lohan Books 'Late Show' Gig, 'The Office' Hires Newest Cast Member and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 15th 2011 6:00PM
Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan has managed to book herself an actual TV job between all those court appearances.

Um, sort of. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the troubled actress will read the top 10 list on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' on Thursday night. It's not exactly acting, but if it means that Lohan's in front of an actual TV camera instead of a paparazzi lens, we'll take it.

Lohan was charged with grand theft last week for allegedly stealing a necklace worth $2,500 from a Los Angeles jeweler.

In other TV news ...

'The Office' has found its newest Dunder Mifflin staffer. Actress Cody Horn has signed on to play a "pleasant and smart" Scrantonite in a recurring role that could become a series regular. Showrunner Paul Lieberstein says, "We're very excited to have found Cody. We've been searching for a love interest for Creed for a long time. So just sit back and get ready to be disgusted." [TV Line]

Scott Michael Foster will play Amber's new boyfriend on 'Parenthood.' The 'Greek' star will appear for at least two episodes. Another casting tidbit: Daniel Buran is joining 'True Blood' as Raoul, the werewolf packmaster of Shreveport. [TV Line, Deadline]

Andy Cohen is really sorry for dissing Heidi Montag. The Bravo boss apologized for his candid comments about the possibility of Montag appearing on 'Housewives,' saying "There had been so many rumors going on about the Housewives last week, I think I was at the tipping point, basically. I guess I got a little carried away." [People]

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Casting Roundup: Kathryn Erbe Rejoins 'Law and Order: CI' for Final Season and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 8th 2010 3:00PM
Kathryn ErbeKathryn Erbe will join Vincent D'Onofrio for the final season of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'

Erbe and D'Onofrio left the show at the start of season 9, but according to Ausiello Files, both will reprise their roles for an 8-episode season 10, the final season.

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

In other casting news ...

Al Pacino will play Phil Spector in a new HBO film. The film is being written by David Mamet and 'Rain Man' director Barry Levinson will serve as executive producer. [NY Times]

'Lost' star Rebecca Mader will guest star on 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Mader will play a character named Rebecca who gets run over by a car, but survives. Look for Mader to appear in the episode titled 'Pasadena,' the season's sixth episode. [Fancast]

Former 'Kyle XY' star Jamie Alexander will guest star on 'Nurse Jackie.' Alexander will play Jackie's wild sister-in-law for a multiple episode arc. Look for the character, Tunie, to appear in at least four episodes of the Showtime series. [Ausiello Files]

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USA Renews 'Law and Order: CI' for One Final Season; Vincent D'Onofrio to Return

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 21st 2010 4:45PM
Vincent D'OnofrioUSA Network has renewed the floundering 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' for a tenth and final eight-episode season with Vincent D'Onofrio back as Detective Goren.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the deal the network made with series creator Dick Wolf also resulted in a pilot commitment with him.

"We have been the fortunate caretakers of this legendary series, and we plan to give it the world-class farewell it so richly deserves," Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming at USA Network, told Deadline.

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Jeff Goldblum Leaves 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2010 5:35PM
Jeff GoldblumJeff Goldblum, the star of USA's 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent,' is leaving the series after two years.

According to Variety, this is not a negotiating tactic; Goldblum has made up his mind. Variety reported that Goldblum's' decision to leave stemmed from "uncertainty" surrounding the show's future.

'Law and Order: CI' underwent a major cast change earlier this season when Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian left the series and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Saffron Burrows joined the cast.

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Father and Son Team-Up on 'Law and Order: CI' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 7th 2010 10:10AM
Law and Order: Criminal IntentIt's a father/son team-up on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' (Tue., 10PM on USA).

Detective Zach Nichols (Jeff Goldblum) brought in his father played by F. Murray Abraham to help the team get information from a suspect with multiple personalities.

In true 'Law & Order' fashion, the father/son team take on the good cop/bad cop roles and badger the suspect a bit -- perhaps a little too much. Papa Nichols goes flying over the table, his neck in the hands of the suspect. Luckily, the younger Nichols intervenes, pulling the suspect off of his father.

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TV Casting: Bill Irwin Returns to 'CSI'

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 16th 2010 11:23AM
Bill IrwinThe Dick and Jane Killer is back. Bill Irwin will be reprising the Nate Haskell role on the final two episodes of 'CSI' this season. In the storyline to come, Irwin's character knows the identity of Dr. Jekyll, and the team, specifically Langston (Laurence Fishburne), work with him to get information. [Ausiello Files]

Debra Winger, star of 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' is reportedly close to signing a deal to appear as a regular on HBO's third season of 'In Treatment.' The role Winger may play has been described as a former star who is battling insecurity and fear about her career. Winger's last role as a series regular was on the Lynda Carter-driven 'Wonder Woman.' [Deadline Hollywood]

More casting news after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Criminal Intent,' 'Lost,' 'V,' 'Southland'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 6th 2010 12:30PM
CBS airs a new episode of 'The Good Wife' tonight at 10
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).


Starting at 8:00
  • ABC has the results edition of 'Dancing With the Stars,' followed by new episodes of 'Lost' and 'V.'
  • CBS has a new 'NCIS' as well as new episodes of 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'The Good Wife.'
  • The CW has new episodes of '90210' and 'Melrose Place.'
  • It's two hours of 'American Idol' on FOX.
  • NBC provides a new, two-hour 'The Biggest Loser' followed by 'Parenthood.'
  • PBS' 'NOVA' takes a look at the Milky Way's secrets.
  • Another new 'Storm Stories' airs on The Weather Channel.
  • Connecticut and Stanford square off in the NCAA Women's Basketball final on ESPN (starts at 8:30).
Starting at 9:00
  • TLC has a new episode of '19 Kids and Counting,' followed by a repeat, then two new episodes of 'The Little Chocolatiers.'
  • BBC America has a new episode of 'Survivors.'
Starting at 10:00
  • USA has a new episode of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'
  • BET has a new episode of 'The Michael Vick Project.'
  • FX offers up a new episode of 'Justified.'
  • TNT provides a new episode of 'Southland.'
  • A new episode of 'Millionaire Matchmaker' airs on Bravo.
  • Food Network airs the season premiere of 'Chopped.'
Check your local TV listings for more information.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Five Cop Shows That Should Never Be Remade

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 2nd 2010 6:24PM
Sgt. Esterhaus on 'Hill Street Blues'It's pilot time again and this season the networks have decided to turn back the clock, specifically on old cop and crime shows, to save their sinking ratings.

For instance, NBC is bringing back the mystery series 'The Rockford Files' with Dermot Mulroney in the role that James Garner turned into a classic TV crime fighter. CBS has also ordered a remake of the procedural cop classic 'Hawaii Five-O' with Scott Caan and Jean Smart.

Normally, my gut reacts to a TV remake the same way a person who just washed his car reacts to a line of dark clouds (a lot of cursing and shaking of fists at God or some other celestial being). However, if done right, anything has the chance to be good... unless it's one of the following cop serials, which should never be touched by a TV producer ever again.

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TV Casting: Lorraine Bracco to Guest on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 31st 2010 12:15PM
Lorraine BraccoLorraine Bracco ('The Sopranos') has reportedly booked a guest spot on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.' In the episode airing this summer, the Oscar and Emmy nominee will play a "woman who cares for foster children." Last night, 'Criminal Intent' had its ninth-season premiere on USA. [TV Guide]

More casting news after the jump.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 23rd 2009 6:00PM
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Finally, season 4 of Alfred Hitchcock Presents is on DVD. I say finally because this season contains one of my favorite episodes of any TV series ever, "Man with a Problem," with Elizabeth Montgomery, Gary Merrill, and Peter Mark Richman. It has a great twist ending (you can watch it here). I have to start buying this show on DVD.

The Golden Age of Television DVD is a Criterion Collection set and includes some great live TV episodes, including "Marty," "Days of Wine and Roses," "The Comedian," "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "No Time For Sergeants," "A Wind from the South," and "Bang The Drum Slowly." Also comes with extensive commentaries and interviews and a booklet.

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