By Michael Ausiello
September 16, 2009 at 06:28 PM EDT
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USA Network is finalizing a deal to bring Law & Order: CI back for a ninth season, but there’s a catch. Actually there are a few catches. Here’s what I’m hearing…

* Julianne Nicholson is out. The actress, who recently gave birth to her second child, has opted not to return. Saffron Burrows (My Own Worst Enemy) has emerged as the frontrunner to replace her.

* Burrows would be partnered with Jeff Goldblum, although his deal is also not 100 percent done.

* Where does that leave Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe? The CI vets are in talks to return in some capacity.

Any questions? Reaction? Head to the comments.

PHOTO CREDIT: Goldblum: Will Hart/USA Network; D’Onofrio: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Burrows: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos

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