Conviction

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Mondays from 3 August, 9.30pm

The series takes viewers to go on an extended journey behind the walls of California State Prison Solano, and into the lives, minds and pasts of five inmates. Admitting their crimes can get themselves killed in prison, however these five inmates do the unthinkable and tell the truths about their crimes. Interwoven into the verite of prison life, the other part of each episode consists of the inmate, friends, and family to tell the story of the landmark events and decisions in each man’s life, up to and including the crime and how they were caught and convicted.

VIBE – Thursdays from 8 January, 9.30pm

In this fast-paced drama from the creator of Law & Order, the complexities of the cases are matched only by the personalities of those who prosecute them.

Stephanie March (reprising her role as Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) has returned to the New York City District Attorney’s office as a bureau chief after an extended stint in witness protection. Jim Steele (Anson Mount, In Her Shoes) – her Deputy District Attorney – oversees the ambitious assistant district attorneys. They include Nick Potter (Jordan Bridges, Dawson’s Creek), who is from a wealthy family but abandons his cushy job at a private law firm to join the district attorney’s office in New York City – and he soon gets an eye-opening introduction to the chaos and danger pressing in on his fellow young prosecutors. Also involved are: Billy Desmond (J. August Richards, Angel), a street-smart but brilliant attorney who has big political aspirations; Sara Finn (Julianne Nicholson, Ally McBeal), an ambitious, wide-eyed attorney whose optimism and compassion sometimes leave her vulnerable to the rigors of the job; Brian Peluso (Eric Balfour, Six Feet Under), whose bad-boy charm and active personal life sometimes spill over at work, and Jessica Rossi (Milena Govich, Rescue Me), who has risen from a working-class upbringing to become one of the office stars.


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Tuesday, January 15th at 11pm

Calvin Wade (Dorian Missick) and Frank Jeffers (Gbenga Akinnagbe) try to take the law in to their own hands by holding several ADAs, a judge and a congressman hostage in the season final of Conviction, screening Tuesday, January 15th at 11pm on 3.

Conviction, the legal drama series from Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf (Law & Order and SVU: Special Victims Unit) is a fast-paced, character-oriented story focusing on the lives of young Manhattan assistant district attorneys and the challenging, emotional cases they confront.

Wolf created the series after finding this statistic: Among the hundreds of prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney’s office, the average age is 28. This translates into young, inexperienced and attractive go-getters who are pushed to the limit.

When asked about the difference between the Law & Order brand series’ and Conviction Wolf told FilmsandTV.com, “It’s a very high-octane show with a pace that we’ve never seen in the Law & Order shows before – very kinetic, and very young.”

“I don’t want any assumptions that it needs to adhere to the Law & Order conventions,” he added.

“Conviction deals more with ‘character-cedural,’ it deals extensively with characters’ back stories and personal lives.”

It’s these back stories that come back to disrupt some of the rookie prosecutors in the season final of Conviction, screening Tuesday, January 15th at 11pm on 3.

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Tuesday, October 16th at 11:30pm

Dick Wolf, the Emmy Award winning creator of Law & Order, SVU: Special Victims Unit, and Criminal Intent returns with the new hard hitting dram, Conviction, premiering Tuesday, October 16th at 11:30 pm.

Conviction focuses on the frenetic lives of young Manhattan assistant district attorneys and the challenging, emotional cases they confront.

The complexities of these cases are often matched by the personalities of those who prosecute them.

Cool yet dedicated Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March, Law & Order) has returned to the New York City District Attorney’s office as a bureau chief after an extended stint in witness protection.

In this season premiere episode, Nick Potter (Jordan Bridges), who’s had a privileged upbringing and a very comfortable job at a prestigious law firm joins the District Attorney’s office.

Nick is asked to assist Jessica Rossi (Milena Govich) on a tough case, the murder of a college co-ed whose stint as a drug mule went awry.

The victim’s friend is the state’s only witness, but she refuses to testify because her life is being threatened. Potter reveals where they are having dinner that night to someone he thinks is a detective, and as he and Rossi approach the restaurant, the witness is gunned down and killed.

Jordan Bridges, the son of actor Beau Bridges and the nephew of Jeff Bridges was introduced to the family business at a young age. “My grandmother (actor Dorothy Dean Bridges) would line up all of the grandchildren and call out “Happy! Sad! Shocked!” and we would all have to make those expressions,” says the Bridges.

His first starring role, at age 12, was opposite his father and grandfather in a Disney television special, The Thanksgiving Promise, but he didn’t get serious about acting until he attended college. “I did a couple of plays, and a director took me aside and said, ‘You’re an actor’,” he says.

After a requisite stint waiting tables in New York, Bridges moved back to Hollywood and was soon cast as what he calls “Uber-jock bastards” in such teen films as Drive Me Crazy and Happy Campers.

Charges of nepotism don’t worry him. “I can’t deny that my family has opened up doors,” he says. “But I’m not going to change my name, I am who I am, I’m proud of who I am, and I’m not going to run away from that.”

Don’t miss Bridges and the rest of the assistant district attorneys in this thrilling new drama, Conviction premieres Tuesday, October 16th at 11:30 pm on 3.