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NBC Pilots: 'Prime Suspect,' 'Smash,' Christina Applegate Comedy and More Picked Up for Fall

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 9:00PM
Christina ApplegateIn preparation for next week's upfront presentations, during which the major TV networks introduce their 2011-2012 programming schedules to the press, NBC today gave series orders to four pilots it had in contention.

Appearing on your TVs next year will be the dramas 'Prime Suspect' and 'Smash,' along with two female-fronted comedies, 'Up All Night' and 'Whitney.' According to Deadline, the network plans to continue its pickup spree in the morning. So, what did NBC choose?

'Smash,' NBC's answer to 'Glee,' follows the staging of a Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe's life. It stars Debra Messing as the show's lyricist, Anjelica Huston as the producer, former 'American Idol' Katharine McPhee as the lead starlet and Jack Davenport as the choreographer. The cast will sing original songs penned by Grammy- and Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

'Prime Suspect,' an updated, Americanized version of the popular British series, stars Maria Bello as a no-nonsense police detective. The role was played by Helen Mirren in the original version.

The network also ordered two comedies. The first, 'Up All Night,' stars Christina Applegate as a working mom with a stay-at-home husband and opinionated parents. The project comes from 'Parks and Recreation' writer Emily Spivey, and also stars Will Arnett (amazing) and Maya Rudolph (double amazing).

The second comes from comedian Whitney Cummings, who wrote and will star in the romantic comedy which is titled -- appropriately -- 'Whitney.'

According to Deadline, NBC won't decide the fates of any other pilots until tomorrow -- but word isn't good for the buzzy 'Wonder Woman' reboot or Don Johnson's planned return to TV, 'A Mann's World.'

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Prime suspect was a wonderful, gritty series. It will be hard to follow. I hope the writers come strong or they will fail quickly. Helen Mirin and her character will be hard to recreate.

May 14 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

From what you've mentioned here I guess it's understandable why NBC may keep "Chuck." While the ratings may not be great at least it's a slightly different premise (I still think of it as an updated version of "Get Smart"). All these shows sound absolutely boring. Been there, done that, and have thrown away the t-shirt. None of them are making me say, “Oh, I’ll have to check that out.”

May 12 2011 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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