Jeff Goldblum joins 'Law & Order: CI'
Chris Noth leaving showJeff 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."
"Law & Order: CI," which migrated from NBC to USA last year, recently was renewed by the cable network for an 16-episode eighth season. The Wolf Films/NBCU Cable Studio series gets a second window on NBC.
Goldblum is coming off a starring turn on the stage opposite Kevin Spacey in the London production of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow."
Goldblum, repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment, next will be seen on the big screen in "Adam Resurrected."