|March is shaping up as a busy month at NBC, with three series set to premiere in the month.|
In addition to "The Contender," which is set to go on March 7, the network has set March debuts for the fourth "Law & Order" series, "Trial by Jury" (Thursday, March 17) American version of "The Office" (Tuesday, March 22). The limited-run series "Revelations" will follow in April.
"This latest slate of much-anticipated new series and programs puts NBC in a great position for a late-season run," says Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment. "We have been looking forward to showcasing these promising projects in the right time and place."
"Trial by Jury" will get two weeks of previews in "ER's" normal slot on March 17 and 24 -- opposite the NCAA basketball tournament on CBS -- before sliding into its regular home at 10 p.m. ET Friday, April 1. It's taking the place of "Medical Investigation," which will have ended its season by then.
"The Office," which stars Steve Carell ("The Daily Show") in an Americanized version of the BBC hit, will air at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, creating an hour of laugh track-free comedy with "Scrubs." It's taking the spot of "Committed," which will also have ended its 13-episode run.
The six-hour "Revelations," about a scientist's (Bill Pullman) and a nun's (Natascha McElhone) efforts to stop an apocalyptic confrontation between good and evil, will debut Wednesday, April 13. It will close out the 2004-05 season in "The West Wing's" timeslot; that show is ending prior to May sweeps because NBC is airing it virtually without repeats this season.