Vincent D’Onofrio is set to reprise his role of Detective Robert Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, according to a press release from USA Network on September 21, 2010. D’Onofrio is returning for the 10th and last season of Law & Order: CI, which is part of the mega-successful franchise created by Dick Wolf.
In addition to the announcement about D’Onofrio, USA announced that the network has penned a deal with Dick Wolf for a new pilot. They did not release any additional information about the pilot.
Vincent D’Onofrio portrayed Detective Robert Goren for eight out of nine seasons. The actor departed the series at the end of season eight. The character was fired by his senior partner, Detective Eames (Katherine Erbe). Erbe left the series at the same time as D’Onofrio.
Detective Robert (Bobby) Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) is an earnest detective on New York City. He has a unique talent for going inside the criminal mind, to understand the motivations for their heinous crimes. Did childhood abuse turn them into a monster? Did romantic rejection turn them into a predator? Criminal Intents goes into a very dark place, the ugly minds of people who perpetrate crimes.
Goren himself became more dark and twisted as he delved into the criminal mind. It seemed that the genius detective nearly broke from the stress of dealing with the knowledge that he possessed.
As for a personal life, Goren did not seem to have much of one. He was devoted to his mother, who died. His brother was murdered by a psychopath who was obsessed with Goren. He learned that he has a nephew, but he has gone missing.
D’Onofrio alternated episodes with Jeff Goldblum as the lead during the eighth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Goldblum took the lead for the ninth season. D’Onofrio returns for the tenth and final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent airs on USA Network.
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