In an unprecedented two-hour movie special, NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent
features both alternating series leads Detectives Goren and Eames (Vincent D'Onofrio
and Kathryn Erbe
) and Logan and Barek (Chris Noth
and Annabella Sciorra
) in a story inspired by media headlines involving a missing teenager, Nov. 6, 9-11 p.m.
"Every now and then, a crime comes along that comes to act as a prism on contemporary society," says Rene Balcer, the show’s executive producer. "The murder that inspired this episode is one such crime. We were fascinated by the way in which the murder was exploited by various journalistic and political interests -- and even I'll admit by us since we based an episode on this crime."
A media frenzy ensues as the four Detectives search for the teen, engulfing them in a political maze that ultimately reveals past history between Goren and Eames, as well as personal information about Goren's mom. Says D'Onofrio, "viewers are going to see a personal side of Goren, a side he doesn't allow exposed..."
On a school trip to New York City, a visiting Iowa teen disappears and the prime
suspect Ethan (guest star Matt O'Leary
), is a powerful judge's son. The case widens when it appears the accused's philandering father Harold (guest star Colm Meaney
), is a co-conspirator who acted to protect his son and might be a murder suspect himself but he is not afraid to retaliate against the investigators. In doing so, he delves into the personal lives of the detectives who aim to catch him. Jamey Sheridan
, Courtney B. Vance and Fred Dalton Thompson
(Law & Order
) also star.