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NBC Has Good News for 'Grimm,' Bad News for 'Prime Suspect'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 15th 2011 8:00AM
The annual programming reshuffle known as the mideason schedule launch is in full swing at the major networks. Since NBC unveiled its new lineup yesterday there's been much speculation as to the fate of cult fave comedy 'Community,' struggling newbie drama 'Prime Suspect' and brand new fairytale drama 'Grimm.'

It seems as though the cast and crew at 'Grimm' can rest easy for now. Deadline reports that the fairytale-based procedural has received an order for additional scripts. That doesn't mean it's out of danger yet, but it should avoid the ax for now at least. However, 'Prime Suspect' is still most definitely on the dreaded bubble, with Deadline quoting one source as saying NBC execs are "considering our options." Gulp.

Meanwhile, 'Community' stars took to Twitter to vent their spleen about the benching of their show.

The 'Grimm' peeps have been through the wringer recently. First, the pre-launch critical reception was distinctly lukewarm. Then, NBC announced it was delaying the premiere, which meant it had an inauspicious start, unfortunately making its debut opposite the World Series. However, since then ratings have picked up and it seems as though the network will give it more time to find its feet.

While NBC execs -- who showed no mercy to stragglers like 'The Playboy Club' early on in the fall season -- have been widely reported as saying 'Prime Suspect' is also safe for now, it's conspicuously absent from the midseason lineup while fellow drama 'Harry's Law' has received a full series order and new series 'The Firm' has taken its coveted 10PM Thursday slot.

However, with planned midseason new drama 'Awake' reportedly in big trouble before it's even launched, and the fact that NBC placed an order for extra 'Prime Suspect' scripts as recently as last month, it seems like there's still a chance (albeit slim) that Maria Bello's trilby will get to see a second season.

The news that perennial bubble show 'Community' is absent from the midseason schedule prompted star Joel McHale to take to Twitter: "Horsebot 3000 Nooooo! RT @alisonbrie: Troy & Abed in the...Summer?? RT @danharmon: Streets Ahold! RT @neilskee Midseason schedule burn!"

Stay tuned for more NBC updates and to see what Fox and ABC have in store with their midseason scheudles.

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We love Grimm -- NBC, please leave this fantastic show on your schedule. It's one of the best on any network!

April 13 2012 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, wouldn't be surprised they did cancel a great show called "Life."

January 22 2012 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And that is why NBC is in the bottom. They always cancell the best shows.

January 17 2012 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

SAVE Prime Suspect by going here:


And jamesbong, what's wrong with you, dude? Your mama didn't hug you enough?

December 06 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to J6D9M's comment

love that show i guess she wasnt sexy enough for people. thats what i liked about it. she rocked it in my book

January 10 2012 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it has been a long time since i wanted to watch anything on nbc .Now there is GRIMM it is a really good show and it don't fall on any stereo-type shows PLEASE leave it on ,or else i'll have to remove the channel from my veiwing list againthen i will just have cbs to watch

November 30 2011 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank GOD cancel Prime suspects no one wants to watch a show about women who act like men get a clue NBC CBS and ABC people cant take a women cop or investigator serious who acts masculine and has a tough girl attiutiude this is not attractive to TV viewers enough with cop and DR shows COPs are MEN! not women on there PERIOD!

November 15 2011 at 3:31 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jamesbong's comment

**** you...what universe do you live in? there ARE women cops,and very good ones,I might add...this is set in one of the toughest cities in America,NEW YORK CITY...where people are tough,and if they aren't...which I'm guessing you're not...they get steamrolled by it! Grow up,grow a pair,and move out of your parents' basement!

December 29 2011 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was exactly why shows like the Cape got cancelled. It's almost as if it doesn't have enough sex, drugs, and language, or if it's not a crime drama like CSI (Crappy Stuff Instead) then it won't last. I'm quite surprised to hear that there is good news for Grimm. Usually the good shows are the ones that get cancelled, regardless of which network it is. NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, whatever...The Cape was excellent and such a unique storyline. Also why they got rid of Heroes I'll never know, because it wasn't due to bad viewership, thats for sure. Also on CBS, Moonlight got cancelled a few years ago, one of the better shows CBS has had recently. Also ABC dumped their incredible "No Ordinary Family"...ABC Family dumped Kyle XY and kept the Secret Life of an American Teenager. The Secret Life should have been gone midway through its season. Why are they putting so much into really cool stories only to end them not even halfway through the season?

November 15 2011 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NBC finally has a decent show and they are planning on chopping it? That makes no sense. Keep Prime Suspect on the air, please!

November 15 2011 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lynda Davis

I like Prime Suspect and hope NBC will give it a chance to find it's audience. 'Sometimes the networks are to quick to let a new program go, particularly when that network itself is struggling in the network rankings. Network bosses can be unreasonably harsh looking for that magic-bullet program to give them back their ranking among the other networks. It's important where a new program is placed on the weekly viewing schedule and how the unique story line is advertised.

This is a dark moody crime drama about well-meaning generally good person detectives who are seriously flawed. And although the story is driven by the weekly crime the catch is the different ways these humanly flawed personalities come to grips with events that highlight their personal (sometimes) twisted likes, dislikes and prejudices.

Blue Bloods (CBS Friday 10:00 p.m.) also floundered it's first season but CBS wisely gave it another chance and it is now one of the network favorites. Which I'm over the moon about because I love Tom Selleck. He leads a stellar cast of characters to include Donnie Walberg.

November 15 2011 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As usual NBC has their heads where the sun don't shine, Prime Suspect is one of the best new shows on any network. Shouldn't even be considered for cancellation.

November 15 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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