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

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 18th 2011 04:20 pm
Pictured from `Law & Order: Criminal Intent` are Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Robert Goren and Kathryn Erbe as Detective Alexandra Eames. (USA Network photo by Miranda Penn Turin)
Pictured from "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" are Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Robert Goren and Kathryn Erbe as Detective Alexandra Eames. (USA Network photo by Miranda Penn Turin)

Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe reprise their roles in "Criminal Intent" for 1oth and final season

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." The former returns for its final season with eight all new episodes and the latter will air its fourth season with 13 episodes. Both will premiere on Sunday, May 1, at 9/8c and 10/9c, respectively.

The final season of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" features the long-anticipated return of detectives Goren (D'Onofrio) and Eames (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 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.

Each week, viewers will be taken through sizzling, sexy episodes of murder and provocative themes, such as: 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. The show is produced by Wolf Films and Universal Cable Productions. The series was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, who also executive produces, and was developed by René Balcer.

Shot entirely in and around New York City, the third installment of the "Law & Order" franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its crimes.

"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 and is filmed in Albuquerque, N.M. Executive producers for season four are Ed Decter and John Strauss.

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