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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    "In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories."

    This hard-hitting and emotional companion series from NBC's Law & Order franchise chronicles the life and crimes of the elite Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf. SVU celebrated its 200th episode in April 2008. Although Law & Order: Special Victims Unit carries the brand name Law & Order, the newer program has established a strong and unique identity. It has proved itself as a hit in its own right. In the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons, the series broke into the Top 20. Mariska Hargitay has won a Golden Globe and Emmy each for her portrayal of Det. Olivia Benson. It also garnered Emmy wins for guest-stars Amanda Plummer, Leslie Caron, and Cynthia Nixon. The series' popularity was recognized with the People's Choice Awards, Image Awards, Satellite Awards, and the TV Guide Awards with nominations for Favorite New Series.

    The drama follows Det. Elliot Stabler, a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, and his partner Olivia Benson whose difficult past is the reason she joined the unit. Overseeing the team is Capt. Donald Cragen. Cragen's tough-but-supportive approach to the team's complex cases guides the squad through the challenges they face every day. Also featured is Det. John Munch, a transfer from Baltimore's homicide unit, who brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills. Munch is partnered with Det. Odafin Tutuola, whose unique sense of humor and investigative experience make him a formidable match for Munch.

    Season 13 brought major changes to the squad. Det. Stabler left and was replaced by two new detectives. Dr. Huang also departed. Det. Nick Amaro brings empathy to his cases while dealing with a stressful home life. Det. Amanda Rollins' dogged persistence and instincts help her close cases, but her secrets could derail her career. A varied DA roster introduced Bureau Chief Michael Cutter, and the returning ADA Casey Novak with continued support from ADA Alexandra Cabot to bring closure to the intense investigations.

    NBC Broadcast History:
    September 1999 to November 1999 – Mondays at 9:00 p.m.
    January 2000 to May 2003 – Fridays at 10:00 p.m.
    September 2003 to May 2009 – Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.
    September 2009 to March 2010 – Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.
    March 2010 to May 2010 – Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.
    September 2010 to December 2010 – Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.
    January 2011 to May 2012 – Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.
    September 2012 to present – Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.moreless
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    Grimm

    Grimm

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    A supernatural crime drama involving a police detective (played by David Giuntoli) who can see the dual nature of creatures among us hiding in human form. As the descendant of the Grimms, he can see their inner natures. He also has the responsibility of being judge, jury, and sometimes executioner for crimes among these "others" for which there are no human laws that apply.moreless
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    Law & Order

    Law & Order

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    Law & Order, the longest running crime series and the second longest-running drama series in the history of American broadcast television, started its 18th season on NBC in the winter of 2008. The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, Law & Order is the most successful brand in the history of primetime television; the winner of the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, it ties Cheers and M*A*S*H for the most consecutive best series nominations (eleven) and the longest-running drama series currently on American television. The series has also turned into one of entertainment's preeminent brands using a distinct ripped from the headlines format, and has spawned the successful spinoffs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crime & Punishment, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: Los Angeles. Filmed entirely in and around New York City, this realistic yet fictional drama looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. Law & Order has been renewed through 2009 and delivers some of the highest ratings on television, ranking fourth for any drama on any network among adults 18-49 for the past four full seasons. Season-to-date, the show remains a top-25 series among adults 18-49, a top-20 series in total viewers and one of the most upscale dramas on television. Law & Order was also television's #5 drama in overall total viewers for the 2003-04 season with an average of 15.9 million viewers. The acclaimed crime drama has chased away more than 20 competing dramas from the Wednesday (10-11 p.m. ET) hour since moving to that time period in 1992-1993. In 2006, after nearly fourteen years of airing at 10:00 PM, the series was moved to 9:00 PM to make room for the new NBC series Heist. After only two weeks, NBC opted to return the show to its 10:00 P.M. timeslot after the show fared poorly at 9:00 P.M.moreless
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    Heroes

    Heroes

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    NBC (ended 2010)
    Heroes is a serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives. Some of the superheroes who will be introduced to the viewing audience include Peter Petrelli, an almost 30-something male nurse who suspects he might be able to fly, Isaac Mendez, a 28-year-old junkie who has the ability to paint images of the future when he is high, Niki Sanders, a 33-year-old Las Vegas showgirl who begins seeing strange things in mirrors, Hiro Nakamura, a 24-year-old Japanese comic-book geek who literally makes time stand still, D.L. Hawkins, a 31-year-old inmate who can walk through walls, Matt Parkman, a beat cop who can hear other people's thoughts, and Claire Bennet, a 17-year-old cheerleader who defies death at every turn. As the viewing audience is discovering the nature of each hero's powers, the heroes themselves are discovering what having superpowers means to them as well as the larger picture of where their superpowers come from. Tune in each week to see how these heroes are drawn together by their common interest of evading the series' antagonist who wants to harvest their super-DNA for himself. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world! The series will star Greg Grunberg (Alias), Leonard Roberts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls), and Hayden Panettiere (Ally McBeal, Guiding Light). Tim Kring (Crossing Jordan, Chicago Hope) is the series' creator. The pilot is set to be directed by Dave Semel (American Dreams, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Beverly Hills, 90210). Heroes will be produced by NBC/Universal/Tailwind.

    Summary revised with help from: space-cowboy.moreless
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    Law & Order: Los Angeles

    Law & Order: Los Angeles

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    Law & Order: Los Angeles is a crime procedural that is set in the elite Robbery Homicide Division of the LAPD and the courts of Los Angeles County. The detectives and attorneys work to solve and prosecute cases that cover the L.A. Basin, which involve not only the expected celebrities, but many crimes that do not receive news coverage. At Robbery Homicide Division, Detective Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) is an ex-Marine who has a very black-and-white view of the world and went through the Rodney King riot as a rookie police officer. He is married to his former partner, Lori. Detective Tomas "T.J." Jaruszalski, the son of an Oscar-winning cinematographer, thinks being a cop is the most fun anyone can have, like being front row at the circus everyday. The division is commanded by Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales (Rachel Ticotin). The District Attorney's office is represented by Deputy District Attorney Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina), whose father was a groundskeeper at a local country club and considers this job the first step to greater things. He is a sarcastic realist who has no trouble sacrificing theory for a down-and-dirty fight for justice. Even so, he is still skilled at politics. His assistant, Deputy DA Evelyn Price (Regina Hall), is the product of an upper-middle-class upbringing in Baldwin Hills. Although she acknowledges the problems in the LAPD, she still prefers order over chaos. Morales' counterpart in more ways than one is Deputy District Attorney Jonah "Joe" Dekker (Terrence Howard). Dekker is considered to be a creative legal thinker and does not believe his position as a DDA is a permanent career choice. Dekker's assistant is Deputy DA Lauren Stanton (Megan Boone), whose privileged childhood accounts for her right-of-center politics. The office is overseen by the Los Angeles District Attorney (Peter Coyote). This fourth iteration of the Law & Order franchise is a production of Wolf Films in association with Universal Media Studios. Broadcast History September - December 2010 Wednesday 10:00 pm E/P (9 pm CT) April 2011 - Monday 10:00 pm E/P (9 pm CT)moreless
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    Ironside

    Ironside

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    Welcome to the Ironside guide at TV.com. When an assassin's bullet confines him to a wheelchair for life ending his career as Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside becomes a consultant to the police department. Detective Sergeant Ed Brown and policewoman Eve Whitfield join with him to crack varied and fascinating cases. Ex-con Mark Sanger is employed by the chief as home help but eventually becomes a fully fledged member of the team also. Officer Whitfield leaves after 4 years service, and is replaced by Officer Fran Belding. If you have any information about this series, feel free to contribute it. Thanks.moreless
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    The Event

    The Event

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    The President is prepared to release a group of detainees who have been held in U.S. custody since World War II. However, on the day that he prepares to make the announcement, unknown conspirators force a pilot to hijack a plane and crash it at the President's compound. However, when the plane disappears in mid-air, the mystery begins. Struggling to resolve the matter is the pilot's son-in-law, computer programmer Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) investigates the conspiracy, which has abducted his fiancée, Leila Buchanan (Sarah Roemer). Meanwhile, President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood) realizes that some of the detainees' people escaped capture, and are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the release of the others, including their leader, Sophia (Laura Innes). He must deal with threats within and without, as the conspirators seek to ensure the detainees are never released, while the free detainees and their leader, Thomas (Clifton Collins, Jr.), use their advanced technology to force the President to yield to their demands.moreless
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    Persons Unknown

    Persons Unknown

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    Strangers wake up to find themselves locked in their individual hotel rooms and completely under electronic surveillance. They know nothing about how or why they were taken there or even who they are now trapped with together in a nameless deserted town.moreless
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    Awake

    Awake

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    Awake is compelling drama about a police detective who learns he is leading a double life that defies reality. When Detective Michael Britten regains consciousness after his family's car accident, he discovers his wife had died but his teen-aged son has survived. As he tries to put his life back together after the accident, he awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is alive but his son is dead. The drama is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, and stars Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, Dylan Minnette and Cherry Jones. B.D. Wong and Michaela McManus also star as therapists in each respective reality. Kyle Killen and Howard Gordon are executive producers. David Slade also serves as executive producer and directed the pilot written by Killen.moreless
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    Chase

    Chase

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    NBC brings Chase from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Jennifer Johnson. This fast-paced crime drama puts viewers in the middle of a a cat-and-mouse game that follows a team of U.S. Marshals hunting down notorious criminals in South Texas. Kelli Giddish stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a sharp minded Texas raised deputy who, along with her team track down criminals that are on the run. Annie's team consists of Jimmy Godfrey (Cole Hauser) who was raised in East Texas and a true Cowboy. Marco Martinez (Amaury Nolasco) is a smart and talkative inteillgence man. Daisy Ogbaa (Rose Rollins) is the team's weapons and tactical specialist who, unlike Martinez, is a woman of few words. Finally, Luke Watson (Jesse Metcalfe) is the newest team member, fresh from Washington, D.C.moreless
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    Prime Suspect

    Prime Suspect

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    This show is a remake of the popular UK series that aired between 1991 and 2006. It is about Detective Jane Timoney, a homicide investigator, who has trouble dealing with her taxing job at a new precinct and her personal life. Prime Suspect is produced by Universal Media Studios and ITV. Hank Steinberg ("Without a Trace") and Erwin Stoff ("The Blind Side") are the executive producers.moreless
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    Trauma

    Trauma

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    This adrenaline-fueled drama project succeeds NBC's ER and takes the action outside to the field. Trauma centers around the work and personal lives of seven paramedics and EMTs in San Francisco. Former military pilot Marisa (Aimee Garcia) and her crazy EMT partner Rabbit (Cliff Curtis) man the skies. Nancy (Anastasia Griffith), Glen (Taylor Kinney), Boone (Derek Luke), and Tyler (Kevin Rankin) work the rigs on the ground. All of them bring their trauma cases back to Dr. Joe (Jamey Sheridan) back at San Francisco General. Trauma is produced by Universal Media Studios and Film 44.moreless
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    Outlaw

    Outlaw

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    In this NBC show (executive produced by Conan O'Brien and John Eisendrath) Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garza (Jimmy Smits) gives up his lifetime appointment after being frustrated with flaws in the legal system. Hoping to change the system from his private practice, Garza and his team use inside knowledge of the legal system to help "the little guy". Each case takes them around the country to some of the most difficult and controversial issues. A playboy and a gambler, Garza has more than his legal battles to deal with.moreless
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    Undercovers

    Undercovers

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    J.J. Abrams' returns to the spy drama with this latest project about a husband and wife who come out of retirement to join the CIA as agents. Think Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Bourne Identity.moreless
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    The Sound of Music Live!

    The Sound of Music Live!

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    NBC brings the classic special to life in this live broadcast.