Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Vincent D’Onofrio is expressing interest in a franchise return. The series, created by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, premiered in 2001 as the second Law & Order spinoff. It followed the NYPD’s Major Case Squad, a team of detectives analyzing high-profile cases, and explored the minds of numerous criminals. D’Onofrio portrayed Robert Goren, a skilled homicide investigator who worked alongside Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe), and appeared throughout most of the show. Criminal Intent‘s run was not as long as other Law & Order series, ending in 2011.
During a recent panel at ICCCon (via ComicBook.com), D’Onofrio was asked about reprising his role and revealed that he was open to the idea. Read D’Onofrio’s comments regarding a potential return to the Law & Order franchise below:
“That’s a question for Dick Wolf. But c’mon, what am I, an idiot? It’s a great part. He’s a great–look, Dick, seven, eight, nine episodes would be great.“
How D’Onofrio Could Return To Law & Order
D’Onofrio’s character was an important part of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and his high intellect proved valuable to the team, though some of his tendencies were uncommon. He was eventually fired due to misconduct. His last appearance was in the series finale, where after solving a case, he visited psychologist Paula Gyson (Julia Ormond), who he had been seeing after rejoining the team. In Goren’s farewell moment, he understood that he needed to work but should not prioritize it.
Because several characters have reappeared over the years, Goren can still return in a guest capacity during one of the franchise’s other shows. Not only does the 2022 Law & Order reboot feature Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), but Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) also appeared for a season. Additionally, Law & Order: SVU‘s Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) returned for the season 24 finale, and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) now leads a task force in Law & Order: Organized Crime.
As the Law & Order franchise continues, it will be interesting to find out if any other actors return. Following Law & Order: Criminal Intent’s conclusion, Erbe guest-starred in an SVU episode, so it is possible for D’Onofrio to reprise his role in that series as well. Given D’Onofrio’s comments about returning, it seems Law & Order: Criminal Intent fans could potentially get to see him again.