NBC has announced that Chris Noth will be on Law & Order: Criminal Intent this January, reprising his role as Mike Logan. The last we saw Detective Mike Logan, he was investigating a murder in Staten Island that led him back to the 2-7 and Profaci, in the 1998 TV movie, Exiled, which is the only Law & Order movie to date; plus, there was Nicole Ari Parker as the murder victim's twin sister and Ice-T as a pre-L&O SVU drug dealer. See, he was "exiled" to Staten Island after punching a politician in his final episode on Law & Order (later, he became a wealthy man and squired around Sarah Jessica Parker, but that's another story for another time). What's interesting is that Zap2It says Noth's guest appearance may mean L&O:CI producers are looking to keep him as a backup for Vincent D'Onofrio, who has had two fainting incidents while on set, though NBC says this is a one-shot deal. Intriguing!

Where does Detective Mike Logan rank on your list of favorite L&O detectives? Do you have any ideas why Chris Noth looks so tired and bloated these days?