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I Think Law & Order: Criminal Intent Is Dead

At least, Jeff Goldblum’s leaving the show amidst questions about its renewal. I think this is for the best. The show doesn’t have a vibe right now, and much more so than any of the other entries in the franchise, it was character-dependent. With the show moving to Los Angeles, and across the pond, I think it’s okay if there’s a serious refresh. I wouldn’t object if they came back with some new attempted spinoffs — a show that dealt with crimes below the level of crime or sexual assault might be one way to revitalize the show, and to change its timbre. Trial By Jury wasn’t a terrible idea, but cutting out the cops was probably a mistake. Stanley Fish isn’t entirely wrong about who Law & Order doesn’t like, but he forgets that we like cops more than we like lawyers.

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