Jeff Goldblum leaving 'Law & Order:CI'
August 4th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

Jeff Goldblum leaving 'Law & Order:CI'

Well that didn’t take long.

The revolving roles continue on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" with Variety reporting that actor Jeff Goldblum is leaving the show after two seasons.

Goldblum took over last season for Chris Noth, who left the show after reviving his role of Det. Mike Logan, whom he portrayed on the original “Law & Order” series.

Goldblum’s Det. Zach Nichols helmed “L & O: CI” after the mass exodus of actors Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian. Fans were fairly vocal about the loss of D’Onofrio and Erbe, who had been with the franchise since its inception.

Neither creator Dick Wolf, nor the USA Network have confirmed that Goldblum is choosing not to renew now that his two year deal is up.

So where does that leave us, “L&O: CI” fans? Does this latest news toll the death bell for a show that has a pretty strong core fan base, but has never really been able to pull in big ratings?


soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Callie

    I have not seen the show sine Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe left the show. I figure, if I don't like a show or it's changes, I just don't watch it. As long as I have a remote, I'm in control. Not much to get too excited about. I learned long ago that writing to the networks doesn't do anything....they don't really care. They are going to do what ever they want to do. It irritates me the way they keep changing shows from different time slots and even different networks and then finally they cancel it because of ratings. How does this make sense?? How can a person be loyal to a show when it's not even possible to keep track of the show. As I said....they don't really care, they will do what they want to do. What ever is the flavor of the season will be what you will see and they will decide the flavor. If I really liked something and want to see it, I will find the DVD and watch it that way. I don't have to give them my ratings.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Virginia

    I am sorry to here this! I LOVED Jeff Goldblum at Nichols! I hope he decides to sign up for another 2 years! Come on Jeff!
    Don't disappoint the fans!

    August 12, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Becky

    I loved the original Law and Order Criminal Intent but had grown tired of Bobby's encyclopedic knowledge and poor Eames having to tag along. WHY? He was a one man band. I always hoped for Eames' part to expand. When Jeff Goldblum arrived, I was thrilled. I am a fan and I, obviously in the minority here, have enjoyed his portrayal of another flawed but intelligent detective. Unfortunately, another female partner will nothing in the way of personality or backstory was a real disappointment. I will continue to watch L&O/CI - I am a fan. Personally, I would love to see Goldblum stay and have Eames come back as his partner - IF they would expand her part. Why do female characters have to either bland or ball busters. There IS a beautiful balance - why can't writers see that?

    August 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. susie

    I hate to hear this. I love Jeff Goldblum and I guess I'm in the minority but I didn't like D'Onofrio. I don't like Goldblum's partner though so I wouldn't mind if she left. I will definitely stop watching if Goldblum leaves. He was the only reason I watched the past two seasons.

    August 5, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. David G

    I tend to disagree. I loved the original and the cast that went with it for sure, and was very sad to see them go. But I think in the last few episodes this season they were beginning to find a voice for Jeff and was looking forward to more development. I had hoped for a fresh, crisp new direction that woud keep the show alive. As it is now, I know they won't bring back the old crew, and I have no idea where they go from here, other than to maybe just quietly turn in their badge. I guess they could always enlist Adrienne Monk!!

    August 5, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Marie

      Well from your point of view, maybe they should hang up their badges and cancel the show. JUST GOES TO PROVE, THE SHOW IS A FAILURE WITHOUT VINCENT AND KATHRYN!

      August 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    Yeah!!!! Bring back Vincent and Kathryn!!

    August 5, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Holly

    I am just commenting. I stopped watching the show once he took over. Every once in a while I would look to see what was happening, and it wasn't.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lisa Marie

    YES!!! About time! Although I think Jeff Goldblum is a good actor I didn't like his character when they went through there "switch em ups" with new characters alternating each week between Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe and the newbies they kept experimenting with to fill their shoes. Law & Order C.I. just needed new writers, Vincent and Kathryn WERE Law & Order C.I. Vincent's supreme acting brought life to a character that was very unique and Kathryn's character played well off of his. HOWEVER I stopped watching the show as soon as they were given the boot. I'm really tired of Networks replacing the actors who made their shows popular and loved by the viewers just because they want to "SHAKE THINGS UP A BIT" and canceling shows we've invested our time in, just because they have an overflow of other shows that are doing so well in the ratings that they can afford to cancel shows that are doing well enough (YES that's right, I heard it from the horses mouth) not to mention all the good shows that got canceled after the last writers strike because people didn't know when the shows were coming back on so they got lower ratings then normal that Season. Personally I take things as a matter of principle and take stands against shows who don't appreciate the actors who made their shows success and Networks who pull good shows that the viewers love to watch. They don't seem to care what we want anymore.

    August 5, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Banjomark

    I too, feel that losing D'Onofrio, the show lost credibilty. His portrayal of a violent crimes detective, sometimes tussled in appearance, overworked, and often pained by a case, made the series believable. Nothing against Jeff. They are just two actors with different styles and approaches. I preferred Vincent.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. mmi16

    Goldblum is not pulling off the part. He is just miscasted in it.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. shell517nj

    good he was horrible. bring back d'onofrio & erbe.

    August 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. blair

    Yes! I might watch that show now with him gone. I love Law & Order but, Jeff Goldblum? really? as a cop? no.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gen

    I have to agree the show lost its alure for me when we lost D’Onofrio and Erbe. I don't 'schedule' to watch any more, but have caught a couple of the Goldblum episodes, but there wasn't much to bring me back. I love the L&O franchise – and watch as many of the re-runs that I can late at night when I can't sleep. I really hate to see this one go under. I never did learn why D’Onofrio and Erbe left.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TJ

    Just cancel this show already. I love D'Onofrio and Erbe in the first few seasons but after awhile, I was getting tired of Bobby's "knows everything" character. All things must come to an end so just end this show now. No more replacements!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • petesweet

      Never could stand D'Onofrio for the very same "know-it-all" reason. I stopped watching until he was replaced. I thought Goldblum was just fine. I just don't care for the writing. Takes too much concentration at the beginning to be sure you don't miss anything.

      August 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AJ

    Personally I really enjoy Law and Order CI. I haven't seen any of the episodes with Jeff Goldblum, which is actually odd since I am a huge fan.I was bummed to hear about such a big shake up in cast change though. I just don't feel like it can survive it. To be far the orginal Law and Order went through cops like dirty socks but the changes seemed more small scale and not quite so often.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Suzanne

    HEY JASON, THANKS FOR YOUR ANALYSIS ON MY MENTAL STATE; I NEEDED A LAUGH TODAY!! YOU COULDN'T THINK OF ANYTHING TO SAY, HUH? SO PUTTING SOMEONE ELSE DOWN MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A MAN, DOESN'T IT? LET ME GUESS, YOU MUST BE WELL UNDER 6 FT TALL.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotThatJason

      How "well under" 6 feet tall does a guy have to be for that to be a bad thing? Because I'm kneehigh to a stump. finch.

      August 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeCool

      Listen, Flop Sweat, you need to bring it down a notch, mmkay? For realz. You actin' crazy and everyone see it. You may as well be walkin' 'round with yer bidness out. So you need to check yourself, release your caps lock, make yourself a mojito, and watch some stories, alright? Alright. Dang.

      August 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeanYar

      Suzanne....why are you screaming?

      August 5, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  17. Lisa

    Wow Jason, you are just rude and nasty. Do you feel better now? Making such comments about people only makes you appear to be a small, little man and I don't even know you or Suzanne but after your comment about her I'm glad I don't

    August 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dr. Grant

    Where's your chaos theory now?!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Suzanne

    IF YOU DON'T LIKE A SHOW THAN WHY DO YOU WATCH IT AND THEN COMPLAIN ABOUT IT? IS YOUR LIFE SO DULL THAT THAT IS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO??

    August 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Suzanne all caps makes you appear mentally disabled. Or just stupid.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toto

      maybe not as dull as someone who nastily blogs about people who blog?

      August 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Javi

      uh oh! Somebody loves Jeff Goldblum! He seriously hasn't been any good since the Fly

      August 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Holly

    Thank God. Without D'Onofrio and Erbe the show was pretty bad. When Goldblum first entered, his strange persona was nice, and then the show just went down hill.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Stella

    This show needs to end. It is so badly written Al Pacino couldn't make it interesting.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sandy

    I too miss D'Onofrio and Erbe. I loved D'Onofrio's unique acting style. As good an actor as Jeff Goldblum is, he was not believable in the role of a cop. Most of the other actors in the various Law and Order series shows are very suited to their roles.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Ditto Sandy – Without D'Onofrio and Erbe the show is lacking the characher uniqueness/style which they brought to the show.

      August 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |

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