Cynthia Nixon returns to the “Law and Order” franchise

Law & Order: Criminal Intent may not make it past its 10th season, but TV Line’s Michael Ausiello tells us that an upcoming episode may make us hope for more. The show has signed on Cynthia Nixon to star in an installment loosely based on the embattled Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Nixon will star as Amanda Reese, a “high-strung and larger-than-life” director of a technically ambitious play called Icarus. Any similarity between Amanda and Julie Taymor, former director of the technically ambitious Spidey play is strictly, well, you decide.

In real life, Taymor was fired from the musical production after four actors were hurt during the production’s high-flying stunts. The injuries garnered so much press that Saturday Night Live spoofed the problems with a faux commercial.


In the CI version, which also portrays the director as a “born-again drunk,” one of the performers dies as a result of a sabotaged stunt, pushing Amanda off the deep end. The episode also features musical producer Bono Arno, a “secretly bisexual rock star composer who’s cheating on the missus with a colleague.” Both Amanda and Arno are suspects in the murder.

I love seeing Nixon in this kind of part — she does over-the-top better than anyone. And a guest appearance on another member of the L&O franchise, Law & Order: SVU, has already garnered her an Emmy nomination. No surprise here if we see her name among the next batch of nominees, too.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on USA. Are you looking forward to seeing Nixon guest star on the show?