UPDATE: I’ve confirmed now. Season 8 of what I consider the best of the Law & Order series was supposed to debut on November 7th. But last night the rumor on the set was that that Criminal Intent is postponed until sometime in 2009 on the USA Network. And, yes, the show is now delayed until first quarter of next year. CI has certainly undergone a lot of change in recent months: showrunner Warren Leight left to run HBO’s In Treatment and two Law & Order vets took his place — Walon Green exec producing the 8 episodes starring Vincent D’Onofrio, and Robert Nathan exec producing the episodes starring newcomer Jeff Goldblum. So here was USA’s thinking: First, the network had great success pairing CI with In Plain Sight last summer, so now USA wants to find another compatible series to be CI‘s partner. And USA also was looking for an uninterrupted period of time to air the series, and that’ll be first quarter 2009.