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Published:August 16th, 2007 02:27 EST
Law & Order: Criminal Intent-- new night, new network, same detectives

Law & Order: Criminal Intent-- new night, new network, same detectives

By Garrett Godwin

In New York City's war on crime, the worst criminal offenders will continue to be pursued by detectives of the Major Case Squad, and their stories will continue this fall on the USA Network with Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

The third installment of the long-running, acclaimed, award-winning original series, Criminal Intent follows cases that are "ripped from the headlines" from the perspective of the criminals.  Whether it is Goren (Vincent D'Onforio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe)-- the modern-day Holmes and Watson, or the streetsmart and tough Logan (Chris Noth) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson), these detectives get inside the criminal mind as they and their boss- Captain Ross (Eric Bogosian)--bring the criminals to justice.

CI debuted on NBC in 2001 and was a solid performer, but then it suffered a ratings decline last season due to changing time slots from Sundays to Tuesdays at 9pm, and recently Mondays at 10pm-- against competition such as Desperate Housewives, The Unit, House and CSI: Miami.  The series was "on the bubble" between renewal and cancellation, but continues to do so well on cable that USA picked them up for a seventh season.  The network will air new episodes this fall on Thursday nights at 10pm, and the episodes will be repeated on NBC.

See how the criminal mind works when the new season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent returns this fall on USA Network, where characters are always welcome.