D’Onofrio Back for ‘Criminal Intent’s ‘World-Class’ Final Season

Vincent D'Onofrio of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' (Photo: NBC)

Vincent D'Onofrio of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' (Photo: NBC)

There’s good news-bad news on the beat today.

Hold on to your holsters, ‘Law & Order’ fans, because you’ll be thrilled to know Bobby is back!

Vincent D’Onofrio is returning for the tenth and final season of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent,’ the USA Network announced Tuesday.

And then it’s case closed.

Yep, the second part of that statement is the bad news. It’s official: the third spin-off of Dick Wolf’s ‘Law & Order’ franchise will come to an end after this season, following the mothership ‘Law & Order‘ series to the TV graveyard.

After months of negotiating (and languishing in uncertainty), USA has agreed to renew ‘Criminal Intent’ for eight episodes to give the series a proper send-off. The deal was also reportedly under the condition that original cast member and fan favorite D’Onofrio return as the intensely quirky Detective Robert Goren (a part he played for eight seasons).

“We have been the fortunate caretakers of this legendary series, and we plan to give it the world-class farewell it so richly deserves. Dick and his team promise to create a major event for television with incredible surprises,” said Jeff Wachtel, USA’s president of original programming.

Along with the cable network’s agreement comes a pilot commitment for a new project from series creator Dick Wolf.

Here’s another potential bonus: Talks are still ongoing to bring Goren’s crime-fighting partner Detective Eames aka Kathryn Erbe back for the final season as well.

Jeff Goldblum, who had been leading the cast last season as Detective Zach Nichols, announced his departure in August.

The final season of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ will air beginning in 2011.

Are you excited to have Goren (and likely Eames) back for Season 10 of ‘Criminal Intent’? Are you bummed it’s the last year?

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