Monday, July 31, 2006

UPDATE: Show additions, subtractions

Nona Gaye is out, Theresa Randle (above) is in. She has no L&O credits, and is 10 years older than Gaye, not that you could tell it. And, she is smokin' hot. (See below post.)

From The Hollywood Reporter:
Actress Nona Gaye has left the cast of NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" shortly after she signed on to play the new assistant district attorney.

Sources cited creative differences for Gaye's hasty exit, which occurred soon after production began on the crime drama's sixth season.

Gaye, the daughter of late soul icon Marvin Gaye, was quickly replaced by Theresa Randle, whose first day on the set is expected to be Tuesday. Her deal covers just three episodes, with an option to continue on the show as a regular.

Additionally, as was pointed out in a recent comment (and recognized elsehwere in the press) it appears that Julianne Nicholson will replace Annabella Sciorra on Criminal Intent. She has one L&O credit, on the mothership episode "All My Children" from 2001 as "Jessie Lucas."

She looks ... quirky. We like quirky.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Latest Show Additions

With all of the shakeups going on at the various "Law & Orders," it's been almost hard to keep up. Here's what we know thus far:

Jamey Sheridan will now be replaced by Eric Bogosian, who appeared on "Law & Order" twice, as lawyer Gary Lowenthal in "Night and Fog" (1993) and "Conspiracy" (1992). Like Sheridan's character, Bogosian's will be the new captain of the precinct on "Criminal Intent." Presumably, as a New York City local, he'll stay longer, as Sheridan (who was based out of L.A.) didn't care for the commute.

Nona Gaye, who has no "L&O" credits but will follow in the footsteps of smokin' hot female ADAs who replace handsome, if staid, male ADAs (oh, Robinette, where are you now), has been hired as an ADA on "Criminal Intent" and is set to replace Courtney Vance. Best trivia on Gaye so far is that she is the daughter of Marvin Gaye.

No word yet on who'll replace Annabella Sciorra, who has also left "Criminal Intent," as of yet.

And, because we're very behind on updating (apologies), Alana De La Garza has been tapped to replace Annie Parisse on the original "Law & Order," while Milena Govich (formerly of "Conviction") will take Dennis Farina's place on the original series. De La Garza has no "L&O" credits, but Govich appeared on a 2005 original series episode called "Flaw."

While it's hard to say what acting chops or longevity any of these actors will have (barring Bogosian, who is a strong presence on any stage), the casting of so many overtly attractive women seems to indicate certain things about the series that longtime fans may not be appreciative of. Just one opinion, but this seems to scream "we need higher ratings, so we'll have more hot women" and "we're fading away quickly, so there's no need to adhere to actual reality any more when casting lead roles." The women who have appeared on the "L&Os" up until now have -- with the general exception of the main show's ADA role -- been attractive but never too "Hollywoody" in their appearance. You got the sense that these could be real people in their positions.

No more. A shame. Then again, maybe all of the L&O ladies will prove us wrong.