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Jeff Goldblum took the case on Law & Order: Criminal Intent last night, but did he fill Det. Mike Logan's (Chris Noth) big shoes? We think he did a damn good job, but we want to know what you think.
The veteran actor brings his witty banter and eccentric personality to Det. Zach Nichols, which is quite apropos, since witty banter and eccentric personalities are what make Criminal Intent tick (along with the great cases and strong storylines, of course).
Jeff Goldblum made his debut on Law & Order: Criminal Intent last night as Det. Zack Nichols, new partner of Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson). He rolled up to the crime scene in an eclectic Brooklyn neighborhood carrying goods from the three pit-stops he made on the one-block walk from his car: grits with ham from a soul food restaurant, a bagel from a kosher deli, and a tantric charm from a new age store. I guess when you've been on an unspecified leave for seven years, you're used to being on your own schedule.
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When Teeter, a talented musician, is found murdered after a night out with his friends [to take in a spelling bee!] – in a neighborhood composed of several different ethnicities, Captain Danny Ross [Eric Bogosian] assigns Detective Megan Wheeler [Julianne Nichols] to the case, along with her new partner, Detective Zach Nichols [Jeff Goldblum]. As their investigation begins, Rafe, another musician who lived in the same warehouse sized loft as Teeter falls down the building’s elevator shaft. Rock Star, this week’s episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent [USA, 9/8C] introduces Goldblum’s Detective Nichols in a way that allows Goldblum to make an indelible first impression – on his new partner, and on the show’s audience.
Nichols arrives at his first crime scene [Teeter] marvelling about the variety of fine ethnic foods he was able to find on his way to work. Wheeler is not amused, but when she questions Ross about him, Ross informs her that, before he took a seven-year leave, he was, “…amazing. Brilliant cop. Very perceptive.” And notes that both Nichol’ parents were shrinks. Where did he go for those seven years? “He sent me a postcard from Cleveland, “says Ross.
Before long though, Nichols wins Wheeler over with his keen eye for detail and a knowledge of people that allows him to reassure a possible suspect that he’s not one by playing a cool jazz improvisation on the late Teeter’s keyboard. He also knows how to spin his questions when dealing with other suspects – like the musicians’ landlord, Philip, whose band played the third-longest set at Woodstock.
Rock Star showcases Goldblum’s character, but allows Nicholson and Bogosian plenty of room to perform as well – though it’s likely that Goldblum’s Nichols will assume the lead role on future investigations. The character may remind of Goldblum’s last series, the brilliant – of too hip for the room – Raines, though minus that character’s imagined conversations with the victims whose murders he was trying to solve. Nichols has that same intensity and ability to learn about people without actually appearing to be doing anything.
Where Vincent D’Onofrio’s Detective Goren is a riff on Sherlock Holmes, Goldblum’s Nichols might be analogous to Freud – Goren is a facts guy, while Nichols is all about motive. The one thing they have in common is that no detail escapes them. They differ in their method of using those details. I expect that Detective Wheeler’s primary concern, in future eps, will be grounding Nichols in much the same way that Detective Eames keeps Goren grounded – and like the Watson of Conan Doyle’s original stories, provide a certain toughness and resourcefulness that will keep Nichols on track.
If Rock star is any indication, Law & Order may be about to hit a creative peak. Not bad for a show in its eighth season!
Final Grade: A
Mr. Goldblum (who will appear every other episode, alternating with Vincent D’Onofrio) plays Detective Zack Nichols, a former musician and son of Upper West Side psychologists, who left the New York Police Department for seven years after 9/11 to pursue that very un-cop-like ambition of finding himself. “Seven years? Where did he go?” his new partner, Megan Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson), asks their captain, Danny Ross (Eric Bogosian). “Sent me a postcard from Cleveland once,” Ross replies.
Nichols has returned to the force, ostensibly with Zen calm and more of the intuitive brilliance that we are meant to infer as his genetic inheritance. The character is better suited to Mr. Goldblum’s sensibility than the hallucinating detective he played on the short-lived series “Raines,” on which he was required to do too much feeling. Nichols is like Damian Lewis’s Charlie Crews on “Life” but funnier. We are introduced to him this Sunday at a crime scene in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn where he shows up with a bagel, a bowl of grits and a tantric charm, marveling at the neighborhood’s shopping opportunities and getting at its ethnic and racial divisions in a way that leave the preceding moments of plodding exposition completely superfluous.
Mr. Goldblum’s initial scene has the effect of a star’s first walk-on in a stage play: you feel moved to applause. It isn’t merely that Mr. Goldblum is now the marquee name, more famous than the actors around him. It’s also that you trust him to break through the show’s melodramatic solemnity; he signals a kind of first-aid relief. Wheeler, played by the expressionless, pancake-faced Ms. Nicholson, is destined to fade even further into the background than she did with her previous partner, Mike Logan (Chris Noth). And Mr. D’Onofrio’s Detective Robert Goren, with his lugubrious intellect and Rodin poses, is fated to seem even more annoying now that Mr. Goldblum is here, on alternate weeks, to deliver a far more appealing take on how to be a know-it-all.
With Jeff Goldblum joining "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," expect more unconventional scenes, the New York Times says. During one recent shoot, the actor was seen playing the piano to lull a witness into revealing clues about a murder, the paper says.
IF first impressions are any indication, Jeff Goldblum will fit seamlessly into the "Law & Order" universe of quirky characters.
Chief among these is Vincent D'Onofrio's offbeat Det. Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" -- and if Goldblum's April 26 debut on "Criminal Intent" is any indication, his style will bookend nicely with D'Onofrio's.
Known primarily for his big-screen roles (including the blockbuster "Jurassic Park"), Goldblum's stock-in-trade has been his loopy, off-kilter acting style shaded with a studied intensity that meshes with his gangly on-screen presence. Somehow, he pulls it all together into one tidy package.
AMONG the things you expect to see on the set of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”: interrogation rooms, firearms, shifty-eyed suspects. Among the things you probably don’t expect to see: a baby grand piano. Among the things you definitely don’t expect to see: Jeff Goldblum improvising a jazz tune on that baby grand piano.
Yet there he was on a recent Friday afternoon at the Chelsea Piers studios, where “Criminal Intent” is produced, his sinewy, 6-foot-4 frame parked behind the keyboard of a Steinway as he tickled his way through a Gershwinesque composition. The scene that Mr. Goldblum was filming called for his character, an unconventional New York police detective recently returned to the force, to lull a witness into revealing details crucial to a murder investigation.
That his musical skills could actually have this effect on people, Mr. Goldblum later admitted, was “a little bit of poetic license, a leap and a conceit.” But, he added, “I’m supposed to be brilliant, so it’s O.K.”
Jeff Goldblum and Diane Keaton have joined Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams in the J.J. Abrams' produced comedy, "Morning Glory."
The story revolves around a young news producer (McAdams) who has the job of saving a failing morning television program. Ford and Keaton will play feuding co-anchors who have contributed to the show's failure while Goldblum will play the big wig in charge of McAdams.
This film will be helmed by Roger Mitchell ("Notting Hill") and was scribed by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada"). Filming is set to begin next month in New York.