'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' welcomes Julia Ormond for final season

julia-ormond-gi-320.jpgThe final season of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will feature one more character trying to get into people's heads.

Emmy winner Julia Ormond ("Temple Grandin") will guest-star in all eight episodes of the final season as a police psychologist. Her character, Dr. Paula Severin, is tasked with helping Goren ( Vincent D'Onofrio) "unravel his tortured past and chart a course for mental stability."

No small task, that.

"Criminal Intent" brings Goren -- last seen being fired for insubordination -- back into the fold  through the Major Case Squad's new captain, Joseph Hannah ( Jay O. Sanders), who has known Goren since they were police academy recruits. The sessions with Dr. Severin are presumably a condition of his return.

Kathryn Erbe is also back for the final season as Goren's long-time partner, Alexandra Eames.

Ormond's recent credits include the films "Che" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and recurring parts on "Nurse Jackie" and "CSI: NY."

"Criminal Intent" returns to USA on Sunday, May 1.
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