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Groundbreaking producer Dick Wolf presides over his popular, Emmy Award-winning “Law & Order” franchise on NBC with his latest series, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” now entering its second season. This legal crime drama is unique among the other franchise programs in that it offers an additional dimension by exposing major crimes from the criminal’s perspective.

The drama series integrates a unique psychological component into the much-lauded brand of storytelling evident in “Law & Order” (now in its 13th season) and in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (now in its fourth season). The series’ storytellers, led by executive producer Rene Balcer – a 10-year veteran of the original drama as an executive producer, head writer and showrunner – allow viewers an even more up-close-and-personal peek into the criminal justice system.

Vincent D’Onofrio (“Men in Black”) stars as Det. Robert Goren, an exceptionally bright homicide investigator with well-honed instincts that match up favorably with his criminal quarry. Likewise, his partner, Det. Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe, “Oz”), brings an independence and stylish edge to her work that meshes well with Goren.

Their commanding officer, Capt. James Deakins (Jamey Sheridan, “Shannon’s Deal”), is a competent but ambitious political animal who knows how to survive and thrive behind the scenes. All of them often butt heads with the no-nonsense District Attorney Ron Carver (Courtney B. Vance, “The Tuskegee Airmen”), a stickler for the crucial legal details.

“‘Law & Order’ has evolved into one of the most distinctively branded franchises in the history of television,” said Wolf. “Both ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ are enjoying some of their best ratings ever and it is my hope that viewers will continue to embrace the brand with ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’.” Indeed the viewers have responded, because “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” in its second season has moved ahead of all broadcast competition to consistently lead that hour among adults 18-49.

“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” is a production of Wolf Films in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer and Peter Jankowski are executive producers; Fred Berner and Arthur Forney are co-executive producers.


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