|Created by||Dick Wolf|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||45-48 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||March 3 -|
May 19, 2006
|Related shows||Law & Order franchise|
Conviction is an American legal drama television series that aired on NBC as a mid-season replacement from March 3 to May 19, 2006. The cast includes Stephanie March reprising her Law & Order: Special Victims Unit role as Alexandra Cabot. In the series, Cabot returns to New York City and becomes a Bureau Chief ADA supervising a group of young but talented assistant district attorneys after a stint in the Witness Protection Program. Other cast members include Eric Balfour, Anson Mount, Jordan Bridges, Julianne Nicholson, Milena Govich, and J. August Richards.
Prior to the show's debut, creator Dick Wolf remarked, "Conviction will be a 'charactercedural', we will be dealing extensively with characters' back stories and personal lives. I am delighted with the extraordinary cast we have assembled, which will give the show depth and emotional intensity."
Convictions premiere came precisely one year after the premiere of the short-lived Law & Order: Trial by Jury, which was also created by Dick Wolf and also aired on NBC (in filming, Conviction used many of the Trial by Jury sets). On February 21, 2006, the pilot episode of Conviction was made available for free download through iTunes music store; the free download was available until March 3, the date of the NBC premiere. The pilot and all other aired episodes are now available for purchase.
The theme song to Conviction is "Destiny", by the English electronic music group Syntax. It can be found on their 2004 album Meccano Mind.
Re-runs can currently be seen on Universal HD and Hulu in the United States.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Matt Reeves||Rick Eid, Walon Green, James Grissom||March 3, 2006|
On Nick Potter's first day as an assistant district attorney, a fellow ADA is gunned down.Guest star: Fred Dalton Thompson as DA Arthur Branch.
|2||"Denial"||Norberto Barba||Rick Eid||March 10, 2006|
|Steele must charge a 14-year-old-boy, who murdered his brother, as an adult.|
|3||"Breakup"||Randall Zisk||Greg Plageman||March 17, 2006|
|Finn investigates the suspicious suicide of a 12-year-old girl whose mother said her daughter was dying of cancer, but her autopsy shows otherwise.|
|4||"Indebted"||Vincent Misiano||Carter Harris||March 24, 2006|
Desmond is enlisted to prosecute a superstar rap producer charged with murder.Guest star: Will Chase as Detective Dave Lemanski.
|5||"Savasana"||Caleb Deschanel||Gavin Harris, Pamela J. Wechsler||March 31, 2006|
Finn gets dragged into a tragic shaken baby case and the decision to pull life support from the infant.Guest star: Allan Miller.
|6||"Madness"||Caleb Deschanel||Walon Green||April 7, 2006|
|Billy Desmond's routine shift at a psychiatric ward turns the system upside down. Brian Peluso's girlfriend pressures him.|
|7||"True Love"||Jeffrey Reiner||Rick Eid||April 11, 2006|
Nick Potter is robbed and beaten at gunpoint after trying to get a witness to testify. Brian Peluso gets ready to move in with his girlfriend.Guest star: Gregory Jbara as Judge Herman Zemit.
|8||"Downhill"||Michael Fresco||David Mills||April 14, 2006|
|Potter takes on an easy case until a Parish Priest asks him to drop the case; Desmond networks with an exclusive group of upwardly mobile black men; Cabot and Rossi are at odds over a defendant in a rape case; and Finn gets caught up in a landlord/tenant dispute.|
|9||"The Wall"||Steven DePaul||Laurie Arent, Greg Plageman||April 28, 2006|
Desmond and Steele face an uphill battle when they prosecute a case stemming from the death of a teen in a choking game.Guest star: Ken Howard as Judge Hanson.
|10||"Deliverance"||Vincent Misiano||Robert Nathan, Pamela J. Wechsler||May 5, 2006|
|A respected female attorney kills her husband, and goes head-to-head against Jim Steele when she decides to defend herself in the courtroom.|
|11||"Indiscretion"||Elodie Keene||Laurie Arent||May 12, 2006|
Jim tries to prosecute a rape case, but the plaintiff's father stands in the way. Nick takes over an easy drug case from Jessica, but bungles it.Guest star: Lane Smith Jr. as Danny Peters.
|12||"180.80"||Norberto Barba||Carter Harris, Gavin Harris||May 19, 2006|
|A club's bouncer is the prime suspect when a young woman is murdered after leaving an after-hours bar.|
|13||"Hostage"||Constantine Makris||Rick Eid, Walon Green||May 19, 2006|
|Two suspects take the courtroom hostage, and try to negotiate their way out using members from the DA's Office.|
|Season||Episodes||Timeslot (EST)||Season premiere||Season finale||TV season||Ranking||Viewers|
|1||13||Fridays 10:00 p.m.||March 3, 2006||May 19, 2006||2005-2006||#88||7.7|
Conviction lost all of its Friday night ratings battles to CBS' Numb3rs. The last minute addition of Alexandra Cabot resulted in what was perceived as an unflattering and out-of-character portrayal. Also, despite Dick Wolf's claim of keeping the story character driven and giving detailed backgrounds, much of Cabot's character was not developed or explained.
The cancellation also came as the second legal drama failure for Dick Wolf, the first being Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Coincidentally, the show reused several of TBJs sets.
Conviction averaged 7.7 million viewers overall (placing 73 for the season), 2.5 mill. in the 18-49 demo (placing 86), and 8 share. In contrast, the competing show, Numb3rs, averaged 11.7 million viewers overall (placing 31), 3.3 mill. in the 18-49 demo (placing 56), and 10 share.
Nevertheless, two actresses from the series have moved on to become lead characters in other Law & Order series. Milena Govich appeared on the original Law & Order as Det. Nina Cassady in its 17th season, having first appeared on Law & Order as a guest star in 2005. Julianne Nicholson, who played the meek Christina Finn, appears as Megan Wheeler on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Nicholson had previously guest starred on the original Law & Order in the episode "All My Children" in 2001.
|DVD name||Cover art||Release date||Special Feature|
|Conviction: The Complete Series||August 22, 2006||Seven profiles|