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USA launches new seasons of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' and 'In Plain Sight'

by jmaloni
Tue, Feb 8th 2011 04:20 pm

USA Network, the No. 1 network in 2010 for an unprecedented five consecutive years running, is kicking off its spring lineup with two of its popular original series, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "In Plain Sight."

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" returns for its final season with eight all new episodes and "In Plain Sight" will air its fourth season with 13 episodes. Both will premiere on Sunday, May 1, at 9 and 10 p.m. ET, respectively.

The final season of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" features the long-anticipated return of detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) to the Major Case Squad.

Terminated for insubordination a year ago, Goren has been reunited with his long-time partner Eames at the behest of new Major Case Capt. William Hannah, a friend of Goren's since police academy days. In addition to plunging into colorful, dangerous mysteries, Goren has mandatory sessions with brilliant police psychologist Robyn Widrow, which will ultimately help him unravel his tortured past, and to chart a course in the right direction.

Cases this season include a beautiful female banker whose sole client was the Catholic Church; an adventuresome rogue who may be the country's best cyber-warrior; and a woman who was blackmailing a wealthy, tabloid-fodder "bad boy."

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" had a strong ninth season, delivering 3.60 million total viewers to the series on Tuesdays in 2010. Wolf Films and Universal Cable Productions produce the show. The series was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, who also executive produces, and was developed by René Balcer.

"In Plain Sight" stars Mary McCormack as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the highly secretive branch of the witness protection program (WITSEC), who relocates federal witnesses, most of whom fall into three categories: career criminals, whistle-blowers or innocents who had the misfortune of witnessing a crime. They all have one thing in common - someone wants them dead. Mary's job is to see that doesn't happen, while at the same time attempting to manage her own dysfunctional family.

"In Plain Sight" also stars Frederick Weller, Nichole Hiltz and Paul Ben-Victor. Guest stars for season four include Josh Malina, Bradley Whitford, Rachel Boston, John de Lancie and Ali Marsh, among others. In the upcoming season, Marshall (Weller) will have a new love interest (Boston); Brandi (Hiltz) gets engaged to Peter (Malina), and Mary reluctantly helps plan the wedding.

"In Plain Sight" debuted as the No. 1 new series on cable in 2008 and was the No. 1 cable drama Wednesdays in 2010. "In Plain Sight" is produced by Universal Cable Productions. Executive producers for season four are Ed Decter and John Strauss.

USA is the home to 10 original scripted series: "Burn Notice," "Royal Pains," "White Collar," "Psych," "In Plain Sight," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Covert Affairs" and the newest hit, "Fairly Legal." "A Legal Mind" and "Necessary Roughness" will be the next originals to join the roster this summer, bringing USA's programming slate to a record number of scripted original series in 2011.

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