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[04/11/06 - 12:00 AM]
NBC to Pull 'Heist,' Opts for 'Dateline NBC' Special
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Consider its "Heist" foiled.

After a weekend full of rumors, NBC made it official this afternoon, confirming it will pull the series from its schedule beginning Wednesday, April 26. A special edition of "Dateline NBC" entitled "To Catch A Predator" will fill the 9:00/8:00c hour that night with unspecified programming taking over during the May sweeps period.

Episodes however are still set to run tomorrow night (April 12) and next Wednesday (April 19). The series originally received a 13-episode order back in December (read the story) however production was halted after its sixth installment. In total, at least one episode will sit on the shelf.

"Heist" originally opened to 8.75 million viewers on March 22, just short of lead-in "Law & Order" (9.00 million). The network then opted to flip the shows last week (April 5), sending "Heist" to a series-low 6.20 million viewers while "Law" climbed to 10.84 million.

David Bartis, Bernie Brillstein, Doug Liman, Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen and Peter Safran were the executive producers of the series, a co-production of Dutch Oven, NBC Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television.





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