Post by annabelleleigh on Jul 30, 2008 14:04:22 GMT -5
Since we are beginning to speculate about the new showrunner for future VDO/Erbe episodes of CI, I thought it might be reasonable to start a thread for gathering the facts about Walon Green.
Not everything relevant about him (to us, I would guess) is found in his imdb filmography.
For example, in 1993 he shared an Edgar Award nomination with CI creator Rene Balcer for a mothership episode called "Simone Says." So they did work together and are presumably somewhat familiar with each other's careers and capabilities.
Post by annabelleleigh on Jul 30, 2008 14:14:15 GMT -5
And more on Mr. Green...and the CI shooting schedule.
As always, boldfaces mine.
Dick Wolf reveals 'Intent' Green, Nathan to exec produce eight eps each
By Daniel Frankel Variety July 29, 2008
"Dick Wolf has stated his dual intentions for season eight of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
Wolf plans to split the 16-episode season between longtime "L&O" denizens Walon Green and Robert Nathan, with Green exec producing eight episodes starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Nathan serving as EP for the eight featuring newcomer Jeff Goldblum, who has replaced Chris Noth.
Together, Green and Nathan will fill the shoes of departed "Criminal Intent" EP Warren Leight, who left the series in June to work on HBO’s "In Treatment."
For Green’s eight-episode set, Michael Chernuchin will serve as co-EP...
...Production of "Criminal Intent" recently shifted to the new NBCU Cable Studio, headed by USA/Sci Fi topper Bonnie Hammer. The USA Network still has original episodes from "Criminal Intent’s" seventh season in the can and will be airing them Sundays at 9 p.m. through August, leading into new drama "In Plain Sight."
Lensing for season eight of "Criminal Intent" will begin in August.
Post by annabelleleigh on Jul 30, 2008 15:02:51 GMT -5
Walon Green comments -- with affection and respect -- on the last days of Jerry Orbach in this February 22, 2005 piece from The New York Times.
(Mr. Green was showrunner for "Law & Order: Trial by Jury." On some Internet sites he is also credited -- with Rene Balcer -- with co-creating the Lennie Briscoe character so beautifully inhabited by Jerrry Orbach.)
Was just browsing today through old interviews on this site and stumbled on this quote from Rene Balcer:
You were co-writer with Walon Green for the episode Point of View, Briscoe's first episode. How much of Briscoe's back story was already decided at that point and, of that, how much came from you?
A: Though Walon and I co-created the character, there’s more Walon there than Balcer. After we broke the “Point of View” story, Walon wrote the first half (the cops) and I wrote the second half (the lawyers), so he more directly set the tone for Briscoe. Walon is one of my favorite writers (and favorite people in the business), and one of the most accomplished writers in Hollywood – though we had fun writing episodes together, and I learned much from him, he really didn’t need my help to come up with Briscoe.
This choice for Walon Green is sounding better and better to me.
Post by dragonsback on Jul 30, 2008 18:22:15 GMT -5
Oh my. This is all becoming most intriguing. The connections between Walon Green and, in routes both direct and indirect, LOCI. Thanks for kicking off this thread, AL. Also great tip re the Zero Effect tie-in, Patcat. Will have to do something about renting this flick, if possible.
What with one thing (several things) and another, Season 8 promises to be great grist for us all.
While Green is talking hereabout Trial by Jury, I found this snippet particularly apropos of LOCI's original whydunnit set-up. "....Suspects are shown effortlessly confessing heinous crimes to their lawyers, who then conspire with their clients to cover their tracks. Prosecutors fumble, as if in the dark, to win convictions, often with far less knowledge of the crime and how it was committed than the viewer.
"It's a game in which you know the moves of the other side in many cases before the other side does,'' said Walon Green, a veteran of ''Hill Street Blues'' and ''NYPD Blue'' who is an executive producer on the show with Mr. Wolf. ''The suspense is in wondering how they're going to deal with it.'' "
Would love to see this element return to the series, and I think others here have also expressed a yen for the "why" format.
Of course I know about how some of us -- including me -- feel about the fairness of the Emmys.
Interesting but unsurprising note: One of the nominations was shared with Robert Nathan, the new showrunner for the Jeff Goldblum CI series. Another was shared with Michael Chernuchin, Green's new co-ep on CI. The Dick Wolf pack has run together for many years.