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TV Outlook D'Onofrio returns to final season of 'Criminal Intent'

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Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:26 am, Mon May 2, 2011.

Fan favorite Vincent D'Onofrio returns to "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (9 p.m. EDT today, USA Network) as the final season begins.

The season opener centers on the murder of a bank employee, a devoted Catholic whose death brings to light suspects from the church, her workplace and her friends. Other scenarios set for the season include the case of the country's most talented "cyberwarrior" and a woman who blackmails a tabloid "bad boy."

This first case of the season also brings the series full circle. It serves as a reunion for the cast's original detectives - the astute Robert Goren (D'Onofrio) and humane Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe). Though Goren hasn't been on "Intent" for a year, since he was fired for insubordination, he's no worse for the wear.

He's skipping mandated therapy sessions, and his boss is none too happy about it. Those sessions will be explored as the season goes on, allowing Goren's torrid past to surface.

Despite the personal issues Goren may bring, his boss can't deny that having such a sharp cookie back on the force is a good thing.

After Goren pressures a sexual-abuse victim into revealing details of the case, Eames looks on in amazement and exclaims to her superior: "He's back."

Now in season 10, "Criminal Intent" debuted on NBC in 2001 before crossing over to the USA Network. From 2005 on, Chris Noth co-starred on an alternating basis with D'Onofrio as the lead detective. Jeff Goldblum also starred on "Intent" after D'Onofrio exited.

Other highlights for the week of May 1-7 (listings subject to change; check local listings):


"Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC). Matt Lauer sits down with Steven Tyler to talk about "American Idol," his scandalous past and what the future holds for a rock star at age 63.

"The Cleveland Show," "Family Guy" and "American Dad" (8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Fox). Stormy weather blows through the three Seth MacFarlane comedies, connecting them in the same plot for the first time.

"In Plain Sight" (10 p.m., USA Network). Actress Mary McCormack is back for a fourth season of trying to save compromised folks in the witness-protection program.


"How The States Got Their Shapes" (10 p.m., History). Just how did they get their shapes? Probably not through a sensible diet and moderate exercise.


"Justified" (10 p.m., FX). Boyd and the Bennetts take off the gloves in the second-season finale.


"Pawn Queens" (10 p.m., TLC). Two Chicago women are out to prove the pawn business isn't a man's game in this eight-part reality series.


"Flashpoint" (8 p.m., CBS). The network's summertime hit about police working in a strategic response unit comes to the schedule a little earlier than anticipated. (Former time-slot occupant "Chaos" is now on hiatus.)


"Three Weeks Three Kids" (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel). A carefree woman is tricked into watching her sister's children - and the result is an eye-opener.

"Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden" (9 p.m., HBO). Pop's current queen reigns over a crowd in New York City.

"My Cat From Hell" (9 p.m., Animal Planet). A man who claims to "speak the language of cats" helps owners understand their felines better. Meow.

"Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m., NBC). Tina Fey returns as guest host.

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