Michael Ausiello
April 16, 2009 AT 09:34 PM EDT

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is temporarily merging half of its A and B Teams.


Kathryn Erbe has agreed to fill in for the very pregnant Julianne Nicholson while the latter is on maternity leave, sources confirm to me exclusively.


The move means that for the final four episodes of CI‘s current eighth season (premiering this Sunday on USA), Erbe will alternate between her current partner, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Nicholson’s new partner, Jeff Goldblum.


Hey, that wasn’t nearly as scandalous as the accompanying headline seemed to imply!

[Grins mischievously]

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