2008_06_jeff.jpgThe revolving door of Law & Order universe rotates again. Producers of Law & Order: Criminal Intent announced Chris Noth is leaving and Jeff Goldblum will be joining the show. Producers and Noth describe the decision as mutual.

Executive producer Dick Wolf said, "Chris has been a member of the 'Law & Order' family since the beginning, and Mike Logan is one of the most popular detectives in the history of television." And Noth told the Post, "I've been in the 'Law & Order' franchise a long time. Let's just say I've pretty much squeezed all the juice out of that role... I'm gonna miss everyone I work with every day."

As in previous seasons, Noth's Mike Logan and Vincent D'Onofrio's Robert Goren split up the episodes; apparently there are only two more Mike Logan episodes left. As for Goldblum, he will start this fall. Wolf said, "Jeff's presence will add a new dimension to an already successful show." Some hope the new dimension will be a drunk one.