Memo to Dick Wolf

Memo to Dick Wolf

There are 15 comments on the James Wolcott story from Sep 27, 2006, titled Memo to Dick Wolf. In it, James Wolcott reports that:

The new openings for Law & Order: Criminal Intent are dismaying. L& O took a triple whammy in the offseason--losing Jamey Sheridan, Courtney Vance, and Annabella Sciorra--so it's understandable that the series ...

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an admirer

AOL

#1 Oct 12, 2006
Everyone knows that the story makes the show and the delivery of the actors. Sheridan and Vance were great, and will be sorely missed. Good thing D'Onofrio is still a part of the series. His acting is still absolutely superb, but the story is missing something. I'd like to see Goren and Eames have relationships, but not with each other. Eames is a strong female role, and if she gets romantically involved with Goren she will seem less like a leader and more like a bee - otch. Goren respects her position, but in a relationship his relent will make him appear like a whimp. The way they feed off each other is so perfect, don't mess it up, please.
Law and Order Fan

Sarasota, FL

#2 Nov 5, 2006
I have watched all three of the Law & Order shows for years and it is sad to see the new changes on the original Law & Order and Law & Order Criminal Intent. The two new female stars are absolutely flat in their roles on the show for Law & Order. I don't know why they didn't move Connie Nielsen who was filling in for Mariska Hargitay to Law & Order. She would be a great fit and has the detective personality down pat. And what is with the change in D'Onofrio's character on Criminal Intent. In the first episode it was made apparent by the new boss that he didn't want D'Onofrio's character psycho-analyzing everyone. So we aren't seeing the get in the face detective work anymore. This has really made the show come across uninteresting and dull. I hope Dick Wolf reads the comments being made and puts these shows back in the character that they once were.
Krissy

Sioux Falls, SD

#3 Nov 5, 2006
Dick : the original Law and Order rocked. This season is an hour of flatulance and a chick with big breasts. It is trivial and trite. It has always been two men and to sell out for whatever reason is commercial. BRING IT BACK TO THE VALUE IT HELD BEFORE !! Thanks. My apologies to Jesse Martin. He is still the best!!
Howdy doody fan

Alviso, CA

#4 Nov 7, 2006
How did you get howdy doody to play Wheeler??? Amazing animation.
Forty One Y O Female

London, Canada

#5 Nov 8, 2006
I love L&O C.I. more than life itself. But I can not watch Julianne Nicholson as Detective Megan Wheeler on screen, it makes me scream. Her face and her acting are so horrible and charmless. And believe me, I have hated other characters on L&O before, but never has someone actually caused me to switch the show off in total disgust. I just hate her so much, I can't breathe. Vincent and Erbe are so fabulous and great, their acting so dead on, I seriously want to sleep with both of them.
Mary

Decatur, GA

#6 Nov 30, 2006
My favorite L&O has always been Criminal Intent...Goren is great, with Eames tagging along for her part (I like her too). But the personality change that the new boss is making in Goren is unacceptable. He isn't as aggressive, as quirky, as in-your-face (literally) as he has been in the past. I would rather watch reruns I have already seen than watch these new shows. Chris Noth is okay, but I don't like his new partner...she always looks mad or scared. They had a great, popular show...why change it when it is EXCELLENT???
Shayne Ann

San Jose, CA

#7 Dec 9, 2006
I think that the personality changes in Goren and the departure of other characters are unexceptable and are making the newest episodes of Criminal Intent fairly boring and lack luster. The episode about soldiers back from Iraq was good but had so little of Goren in it, that I was afraid they were softening us up for his departure, as well. Especially when he slammed his papers down at the end. I don't mind the new Captain, he sort of grows on you. Eames seems much the same, but I don't like babying Bobby and the writers making Goren look like a nutcase, with his mom telling him what moves to make over the phone. Is he going to be written off the show? They may as well cancel it. Compare some of the shows of a few years ago to this past season and you will see the lack of decent writing for the Goren character,especially and the plots in general. Writing for Goren is the worst idea they have hatched unless they are trying to get the show tossed off the air?
Portland, OR
PBJ

AOL

#8 Jan 2, 2007
Bring back Bobby and ames, enough of the other two, especially his new partner, she is like a cardboard cutout he carries around.

There are far to many episodes about Chris Noths character, and way to few about Goren. I have stopped watching till he resturns.
Lisa Charles

Croton On Hudson, NY

#9 Jan 15, 2007
James Wolcott already penned the perfect letter. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see how other viewpoints are so similar. The split into d'Onofrio/Erbe and Noth/Sciorra episodes was disorienting enough. The loss of Sheridan and Vance really tested the viewers. But it was the replacement of Annabella Sciorra with Julianne Nicholson that gives us all an extra hour to watch something else when their team is on. Sciorra tried to create an interesting character despite the deterioration of the writing. I feel for Noth who literally lost his entire cast and only hope they bring back somebody (ANYBODY) as his partner.

As for Erbe, her (thankfully) brief replacement by Samantha Buck showed us all her talent and ability to partner with d'Onofrio and hold her own. I confess I underrated her myself. If Erbe leaves, that will be it for this Criminal Intent viewer.
babog eire

Dublin, Ireland

#10 Feb 19, 2007
why why oh dear god why is mr big trying to pass himself off as a major case squad detective.never mind the stiff thats his partner. what on earth possessed dick wolf to mess around with what once was an excellent formula.bring back the real major case squad. if i wanted to watch paint dry id paint my livingroom
Marie A Melendez

Hayward, CA

#11 Mar 3, 2007
Memo to Dick Wolf:
Please bring back Annabella Sciorra, Courtney Vance and Jamey Sheridan - the show has not been the same since they were written out.
Why were they replaced when all three were so awesome?
Nomedefaitour

Tarawa Terrace, NC

#12 Apr 23, 2007
I agree. Nicholson has the personality of a trout.
NON JUDGEMENTAL

Pompano Beach, FL

#13 Jul 8, 2007
I MISS VANCE, SHERIDAN AND SCIORRA, SHE HAD A STYLE ALL HER OWN. AND I AGREE, I WANT TO SEE THE OLD "GET UP IN YOUR FACE" GOREN WHOSE END SPIELS WERE ABSOLUTELY SUPERB! IF HE SHOULD LEAVE THE SHOW, DON'T KILL HIM OFF. I SEE ENOUGH OF THAT IN THE NEWS AND REAL LIFE, BEING THAT MY HUSBAND IS IN THE ARMY. LET FANTASY HAVE A HAPPY ENDING. GIVE GOREN AN WOMAN. NOT EAMES. THEY DON'T FIT AS A COUPLE. I'LL MISS LO:CI. IT'S THE ONLY THING I WATCH. I GUESS SVU IS POPULAR BECAUSE YOU DON'T NEED A BRAIN TO WATCH IT.
NON JUDGEMENTAL

Pompano Beach, FL

#14 Jul 8, 2007
FORGOT TO MENTION. IF MORENO DOESN'T GET A NOMINATION FOR AN EMMY FOR HER PORTRAYAL AS GOREN'S MOTHER, THE EMMY'S ARE FIXED! THE GOREN CHARACTER SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TOO, BUT I GUESS BEING A NICE GUY AND NOT A PHONY DOESN'T GET YOU NOMINATED. YOU'RE THE BEST MR. D. THE BEST TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
Lorraine Goryo

London, Canada

#15 Feb 29, 2008
I was unhappy to hear of Jesse L. Martin's departure from "Law and Order" because his character had such dignity and worked well with Jeremy Sisto. Now I hear that Anthony Anderson will be replacing him - the man had an aggravated rape charge and Wolfe is putting this criminal on the best of the "Law and Order" series. I hope other viewers, especially women, express dismay at this choice, of all people to play a detective!!

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