USA Network is pushing the debut of the eighth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent into 2009.
The show, which was scheduled to begin its new campaign Nov. 9, will now run uninterrupted, beginning in the first quarter of the new year, according to network officials. Cable's ratings leader has 16 episodes of the Vincent D'Onofrio-starrer are on tap.
The new season will feature Jeff Goldblum, in lieu of Chris Noth. Goldblum, though, was not in the season-opening screeners that were sent out for review.