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NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Put on Hold

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 25th 2010 8:29AM
helen_mirren_headshotRemember that proposed remake of the British crime series 'Prime Suspect' for NBC? You can forget about it... for a while anyway. NBC has shelved 'Prime Suspect' till June and the reason why is all about casting. This, my friends, is exactly what we were saying when the idea first surfaced.

The notion that you're going to find an actress as perfect for the role of detective chief inspector Jane Tennison as Helen Mirren is madness. T'aint gonna happen. She's an Oscar, Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe winner for a reason. She's freaking brilliant.

So, NBC is acknowledging that they have not found another Helen Mirren and will not push 'Prime Suspect' into pilot production at this time. Veteran writer/producer Hank Steinberg -- he did 'Without A Trace' for CBS -- has wisely decided to push the project back and revisit it in June. It could always be created as a mid-season show instead of a fall 2010 premiere... assuming the project comes together.

In Hank Steinberg's incarnation, the plot is close to the UK version. It's the story of a fearless female detective as she investigates complex mysteries in a politically loaded big city. As anyone who has watched Mirren in the original series, the character is key. 'Prime Suspect' is not a 'CSI'-type procedural. It's not spewing dialogue about forensics with catchy puns interspersed as the leads lean over a corpse.

Here's a thought for the producers: if there's one American actress currently in TV who could play this role, it might be Glenn Close. Maybe Steinberg should find out if she's looking for a series after 'Damages' comes to an end?

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NBC's Remaking of "Prime Suspect"? When are the 'Creative Suits' (Oxymoron There) going to use their 'little grey cells' and try to apply themselves to the concept of "ORIGINAL" programs / programming?
WHY are NBC / CBS / ABC / FOX alway trying to re-write a hit? Here's an Idea for you 'Creative-Types': How about writing a Comedy / Romance / Action / Drama / Musical / Soap-Opera / Mini-Series about World War II?
The 'Hook' being the Surprise ending containing a different Winner!! Whadda Think? If Interested, Let's do lunch.

March 23 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cherry Jones is the one and only choice for an American-style remake of "Prime Suspect." Agree with comments above that Brit-to-US conversions don't usually turn out very well. So really it should be Cherry Jones' choice to decide if the script and production warrant her involvement with this.

Since Cherry Jones is now the President on Fox's '24,' Cherry Jones should be 'the decider."

February 27 2010 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I'm not a fan of a Prime Suspect remake, especially on NBC, Glenn Close is always the actress who comes to mind. However, considering she's 65-years-old it seems like they might want to go with someone in her middle to late 40s. Cherry Jones, who's being wasted on 24 this season, might be a good choice.

February 25 2010 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

because we all know that the best actors hibernate!

February 25 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to DarthPaul's comment

yes we do, but not for long......they can't find the 'right' actress because they aren't looking in the right places.

April 12 2010 at 9:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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