USA delays 'Criminal Intent' premiere

Show will be best in an uninterrupted run, network says

USA Network has pushed back the eighth-season premiere of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" to first-quarter 2009.

The show, originally intended to return to the schedule next week and air as a split season, will now have an uninterrupted 16-week run when it returns with new cast member Jeff Goldblum.

"The show is in great shape," a spokesperson said. "USA believed that 'CI's' new season was so strong that it would be best presented in an uninterrupted run of 16 episodes. As a strategic move based on the overall TV landscape and in this economy, it made sense to maximize the value of 'CI' by moving to 2009."
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