Friday, June 27, 2008

L&O CI: Noth Out ... Goldblum in!

For those of us collective Logan-heads, a big cry of "nooooo!" rings out across the country again today. This, from today's Hollywood Reporter:

Jeff Goldblum has joined "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," replacing Chris Noth, who is leaving the crime drama after three seasons.

Goldblum, whose salary is said to be in the neighborhood of $250,000 an episode, will split starring duties with co-lead Vincent D'Onofrio the way D'Onofrio did with Noth.

"Jeff's presence will add a new dimension to an already successful show," "Law & Order" chief Dick Wolf said.

This was Noth's second tour of duty on the "Law & Order" franchise as Detective Mike Logan. He originated the role in the first five seasons of the mothership series.

"Chris has been a member of the 'Law & Order' family since the beginning, and Mike Logan is one of the most popular detectives in the history of television," Wolf said. "We all wish him the best."

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New L&O ADA to replace Diane Neal

And now we know who our new ADA will be. Ladies and gentlepeoples, meet Michaela McManus. From today's Hollywood Reporter:
"I'm delighted that Michaela is joining the cast of SVU as its newest series regular," "Law & Order" chief Dick Wolf said. "We look forward to her working with Neal (Baer), Ted (Kotcheff) and me to create another interesting and memorable character in the Law & Order universe."

McManus, who recurred as Linsey Strauss on "One Tree Hill," is repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment.
No idea how old she is, but between the OTH connection and her appearance, I'll wager she wasn't more than a babe when the original L&O series debuted. Just sayin'.

Oh, one other detail: E! Online says she used to be the receptionist at the gym where E!'s headquarters are.

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