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Q&A: Cast changes at 'Law & Order'

Cast changes at 'Law & Order'

It would appear that Vincent D'Onofrio will no longer be on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. What will he be doing? Also, why is Kathryn Erbe leaving? And did I hear S. Epatha Merkerson is leaving Law & Order?

One thing that has been the hallmark of the Law& Order franchises is changing characters. And so it continues.

Both D'Onofrio and Erbe have left Law & Order: Criminal Intent. And their captain, played by Eric Bogosian, was killed. The lead is now Jeff Goldblum, with Saffron Burrows as his partner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as the captain.

"After eight seasons . . . now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities," D'Onofrio has said. He also leaves the door open for his character, detective Bobby Goren, to make a return appearance. "For all my loyal CI fans, I wouldn't be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time."

Erbe hasn't spoken publicly about her departure, though in a 2009 interview with D'Onofrio she said: "I don't think either of us thought that we were going to be doing it for eight years."

Merkerson has announced she is leaving Law & Order after 16 years as Lt. Anita Van Buren. She told Entertainment Weekly: "I've given it my best for 16 years. It's time to move on. I'm doing other things and this will be a great way to leave what has been an extraordinary gig."

New episodes of 'Little People'

I'm a huge fan of the Roloff family from Little People, Big World. I haven't heard anything about them lately. Please tell me they are just busy working on another season of the show! I hope they don't cancel it. I love them!

The series began a run of 20 new episodes on TLC on April 5, among them the show's 200th telecast. Among the promised stories: Molly turns 16 and goes for her driver's license; the twins figure out what's next postgraduation; Zach and his all-star team of little people athletes compete at the World Dwarf Games in Northern Ireland; Amy gets in over her head organizing a benefit golf tournament; and Matt gets ready for the farm's biggest pumpkin season ever.

'Brothers & Sisters' continues

I have not seen Brothers & Sisters lately. Will it be back?

Yes. New episodes began airing April 11 and continue through May 16. It is also expected to be back for another season in the fall.

More 'Royal Pains'

Is Royal Pains coming back for a second season on USA?

Yes. New episodes about the "concierge doctor" on the Hamptons, Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), and his scheming brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo), begin June 3 at 10 p.m. on the USA Network.

Q&A: Cast changes at 'Law & Order' 04/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:34am]

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