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A Preview of NBC's Mid-Season Shows

January 23rd, 2006 12:18pm EST
Stephanie March stars in ConvictionNBC will introduce several new mid-season series and welcome back other hits following the closing day ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics beginning Feb. 27 with the reprise of the smash "Deal or No Deal" followed by the series premieres of "Conviction" (March 3), "Heist" (March 22) and "Teachers" (April 6).

Other early schedule changes include Law & Order moving on Wednesdays to 9-10 p.m. (ET) beginning March 22. In addition, The Apprentice returns on Monday, February 27 (9-10 p.m. ET), and Las Vegas rolls on to Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) on March 3. "Dateline NBC" also will move from Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) to Saturdays (8-9 p.m. ET) on March 4.

"Deal or No Deal" returns on Monday, Feb. 27, (8-9 p.m. ET) and will run at this time for a week through Friday, March 3. "Deal or No Deal" will then return on a weekly basis on the following Monday, March 6, (8-9 p.m. ET). Comedian Howie Mandel returns as host of the exhilarating hit game show as contestants play and deal for a top prize of $1 million dollars in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition.

"The Apprentice" follows "Deal or No Deal" when it returns on Monday, Feb. 27, (9-10 p.m. ET).

"Law & Order" will follow in its new earlier time (9-10 p.m. ET) when it begins on March 22.

"Conviction" begins on Friday, March 3, (10-11 p.m. ET). This new legal drama series is a fast-paced, character-oriented story focusing on young assistant district attorneys in New York who are confronted with tough, high-profile cases that challenge their limited experience -- and force them to mature quickly or be overwhelmed.

The ensemble cast of "Conviction" includes Stephanie March, Jordan Bridges, J. August Richards, Milena Govich, Eric Balfour, Anson Mount and Julianne Nicholson.

"Las Vegas" precedes "Conviction" when it relocates to Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) starting March 3.

"Heist" -- a fast-paced, cops-and-robbers drama premieres on Wednesday, March 22, (10-11 p.m. ET). The series centers on a group of professional thieves who are plotting to simultaneously rob three prominent Beverly Hills jewelry stores on Oscar week. Over the course of a full season, the series follows the thieves as they plan and execute the heist, as well as the detectives who are hot on their trail. Filled with action, suspense and comedy, "Heist" takes audiences on a joy ride with car chases, gun battles, explosions and cat-and-mouse-like antics.

The ensemble cast includes the burglars -- Dougray Scott, Steve Harris, Seymour Cassel, Marika Dominczyk and David Walton --- and the detectives -- Michele Hicks, Reno Wilson and Billy Gardell.

The new comedy "Teachers" starts class promptly on Thursday, April 6, (9:30-10 p.m. ET) as it replaces "The Office" after the critically acclaimed comedy's season finale on Thursday, March 30 (9:30-10 p.m. ET). This comedic take on modern education centers on likable Filmore High School English teacher Jeff (Justin Bartha), who is surrounded by a school administration mired in bureaucratic red tape and rule-bound, apathetic teachers. Jeff is faced with a class of text-messaging, video-gaming, short-attention-span students who refuse to crack open a book.

But despite his own self-proclaimed indifference, deep inside there's still an occasional spark, especially for a few students who just might think he is the best teacher they will ever have. Joining Bartha in the cast is Sarah Alexander, Deon Richmond, radio comedian Phil Hendrie, Sarah Shahi, Matt Winston and Kali Rocca.