NEW ON THE BEAT!
With Chris Noth gone, the crime series now alternates between Vincent D'Onofrio's Det. Robert Goren and, starting April 26, Jeff Goldblum's Zack Nichols. Goldblum last attempted a TV career with 2007's short-lived Raines, a lumpy series that attempted to showcase his fine-honed twerpiness in a whimsical film-noir fantasy. It was too much, and not enough. Here he's a good fit, a stealth oddball among the sensible department regulars. Nichols is the son of psychiatrists—which automatically makes a character suspect psychologically, if not criminally—with unexplained issues in his past. Teasing out answers in his oblique, sidelong manner, Goldblum sometimes comes close to being a more angular Columbo, except for his air of ironic detachment. D'Onofrio is, in his way, just as mannered, parsing out his sentences in exquisite mumbles. The show is such a dependable machine; it helps to have a few loose gears sending out unexpected sparks.