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NBC Shutting Down 'Prime Suspect'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 15th 2011 4:51PM
Prime Suspect Shut DownTime to take off those fedoras in a show of respect, 'Prime Suspect' fans. According to Deadline, NBC will shut down production of the freshman drama.

The Maria Bello-fronted police series was left off NBC's midseason schedule and at the time the network made no mention of the show's fate. Deadline reports the cast and crew were notified of the shutdown as NBC made the schedule announcement on Nov. 14.

The show will shoot episodes 12 and 13 before ceasing production.

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Maria Bello Hits Craig Ferguson for His Double Entendre on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 2nd 2011 7:00AM
Maria Bello, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Craig Ferguson knows how to turn almost any topic sexual. He caught Maria Bello off guard with a conversation about the infamous hat she wears on 'Prime Suspect.' She brought the hat with her on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), where she put it on Ferguson's head.

He thought it made his head look huge, so he put it on hers. He'd said earlier that he thought she had a lovely head, but he liked it with the hat on as well.

"It looks good," he said. "I'm surprised that you chose to wear a hat, because you're famous for your head."

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EXCLUSIVE Video and Five Reasons You Should Be Watching 'Prime Suspect'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 27th 2011 9:00AM
The day the promising pilot for 'Prime Suspect' (10PM ET Thursday, NBC) aired, I said I was going to delay reviewing until I'd seen more of the cop drama. As we all know from bitter experience, sometimes "promising" shows turn labored and hackneyed by the time the third episode airs (if not before).

That's absolutely not the case with the excellent 'Prime Suspect,' which is one of the best new dramas of the fall. (Showtime's 'Homeland,' which was renewed for a second season Wednesday, is the best, but 'Prime Suspect' certainly deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence.)

I'm writing now to urge you to watch the struggling NBC drama, and not just because ubiquitous guest star Mark Sheppard will be appearing in the show's ninth episode and I want 'Prime Suspect' to stay on the air until then (and beyond).

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NBC Really Wants You to Watch 'Prime Suspect'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 4:30PM
Prime Suspect NBC's new programming strategy? 'Prime Suspect' on all the time!

The network previously placed 'Prime Suspect' in the Mondays at 10PM timeslot formerly held by 'The Playboy Club,' but now the show will air on Tuesday, Wednesday and in its regular Thursday at 10PM home.

Have no fear, 'Parenthood' and 'Law & Order: SVU' fans, it's just during the week of Oct. 24. According to Vulture, 'Parenthood' and 'SVU' were scheduled to have rerun episodes during that week.

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NBC Orders More 'Prime Suspect'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 4:15PM
Prime SuspectBehold the power of the hat: NBC has ordered more 'Prime Suspect' scripts.

While not quite a full season, EW reports the network has ordered six new scripts. While not guaranteed to become produced episodes, the additional scripts are a sign of confidence in the fledgling drama series.

The Maria Bello series had a debut audience of 6.1 million viewers. The second episode fell slightly to 5.7 million viewers and its most recent showings have brought in 4.9 million viewers.

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Det. Timoney Takes a Beating on 'Prime Suspect' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 6:15AM
'Prime Suspect' series premiereThe latest U.K. remake hit the airwaves last night as Maria Bello took on 'Prime Suspect' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC). The "woman in a man's world" aspect of the show feels a little outdated -- though maybe that's just wishful thinking -- considering the plethora of strong, capable female detectives on television, but Bello is very compelling as Det. Jane Timoney.

In this opening salvo, we saw just how committed and dedicated she is to being a detective, which makes us curious why the guys are so sure she slept her way to her current position. If she did, that would seem out of character, as she's more focused on doing the job right than any of them.

While the procedural elements were firmly in place, and every other character that isn't Timoney is completely two-dimensional, Bello still manages to present a beautifully crafted character that feels real, flawed and strong.

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Elizabeth Perkins Books 'The Closer' Role, 'New Girl' Enlists Lake Bell and More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2011 4:30PM
Elizabeth Perkins'Weeds' star Elizabeth Perkins will guest star on 'The Closer.'

According to EW, Perkins will play Gail Meyers, the wife of the LAPD commissioner. In the Dec. 19 episode, Gail gets into some trouble when she tries to cover up potential scandal.

Mark Moses will play the commissioner and Maggie Wheeler will play a friend of Gail's.

'The Closer' returns to TNT on Nov. 28.

In other casting news ...

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NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Reboot Gets Seal of Approval from Helen Mirren

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 3rd 2011 6:00AM
'Prime Suspect'Maria Bello has big shoes to fill when she debuts as the star of 'Prime Suspect' in the fall, so she'll doubtless be relieved to know that the rebooted version of the gritty cop drama has received the blessing of the writer and star of the British original.

Producers of the U.S. remake told reporters that while the new series is lighter and has more humor than the original, it has won the approval of series creator Lynda LaPlante and star Helen Mirren.

Executive producer and writer Alexandra Cunningham ('Desperate Housewives') said that LaPlante had written to them approving their updated concept of the series.

"She couldn't be happier that Maria is shouldering the character ... She is happy it is being modernized, and there's nobody better to do it than Maria. And Maria reminds people of Helen Mirren in her strength and her complete lack of vanity."

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A Stylish Look Ahead at Fall Season's Movie Stars on TV Shows (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 27th 2011 3:15PM
Kat Dennings, Christina RicciEach year as TV becomes more and more daring, movie stars start flocking to the small screen. The 2011-2012 season is no different, with major broadcast network shows boasting box office darlings and Oscar nominees and winners.

W Magazine gathered a few of this fall's film-turned TV actors -- including Anjelica Huston ('Smash'), Christina Ricci ('Pan Am'), Kerry Washington ('Scandal'), 'Kat Dennings ('2 Broke Girls') and Patrick Wilson ('A Gifted Man') -- to discuss their new roles.

The interviews are mixed with a very retro fashion shoot and edited together for a bizarrely fascinating 4 minute video.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Aidan Quinn Didn't Want to Move to L.A. for 'Prime Suspect' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 5:00PM
Aidan Quinn taks about 'Prime Suspect' on 'Today'The NBC adaptation of 'Prime Suspect' exchanges Scotland Yard for the NYPD's homicide squad, and Helen Mirren for Maria Bello. But if it was going to make Aidan Quinn exchange New York for Los Angeles, he wasn't going to do it, he said Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). The show is set in New York, where Quinn lives, and most of the pilot was filmed there, but the series will film in Los Angeles.

That was almost a deal-breaker for Quinn, who has a family back East. "It involved moving to L.A., and I've lived in New York, and I said, 'No, I can't,'" he said. The producers told him to just read his part, the lieutenant Quinn described as "the head of the dog and pony show," and that hooked him. Then he read the whole script, and said, "This is really good."

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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.

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Maria Bello to Tackle Helen Mirren's Role in 'Prime Suspect'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 17th 2011 8:30AM
Maria BelloMaria Bello is set to star in NBC's remake of the classic British crime drama series 'Prime Suspect.'

Bello will play the no-nonsense police Det. Jane Tennison, the role that re-launched Helen Mirren's career in the early 1990s, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed.

In an earlier interview with EW, Bello said that she's "Definitely nervous to even think about taking over for Helen Mirren. ... C'mon! How could anyone compete with her? Didn't she do about 10 of them and win an Emmy every time?"

Bello added that although she's been kept busy with charity work and helping out with the relief efforts in Haiti, she also wants "to do something spectacular with my life work-wise and ['Prime Suspect'] may end up being it."

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'L&O: SVU': Olivia Loses Custody of Calvin (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 2nd 2010 10:25AM
Stabler Consoles Benson on 'L&O: SVU'Poor Olivia Benson. Being Calvin Arliss' legal guardian seemed to suit her, and the detective had started to bond with the kid. But he was quickly whisked away from her custody on 'Law & Order: SVU' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC).

A lawyer strolled in and announced that Benson was no longer the child's legal guardian. Calvin's mother (Maria Bello) walked in behind him. Benson said, "This isn't possible! Because that woman right there is a criminal and a drug addict." As it turned out, Calvin's biological father had assigned custody to the child's grandparents.

Det. Elliot Stabler tried to console her, saying, "It was always temporary." Calvin wasn't happy about it either. "Olivia! Olivia! Please don't let them take me!" he screamed as his mother dragged him away.

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News Roundup: Maria Bello Joins 'Law & Order: SVU,' Syfy Preps 'Red Faction'

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 19th 2010 6:30PM
maria bello wireimageMaria Bello is returning to NBC with a role on 'Law & Order: SVU.' The Golden Globe-nominated actress, who played Dr. Del Amico on 'ER' and won raves for her performances in films like 'The Cooler' and 'A History of Violence,' will appear in two episodes of the long-running crime procedural. According to TV Guide, Bello will play a woman with a hidden past being investigated by Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay). The gig reunites Bello with former 'ER' producer Neal Baer. The network has yet to schedule her episodes.

Plus, in other TV news today:

• Syfy is bringing first-person shooter video game series 'Red Faction' to the small screen with a two-hour original movie/backdoor pilot called 'Red Faction: Origins,' reports Deadline. The cable net is teaming up with video game maker THQ for the action-adventure project, which is set to premiere next March. No casting announcements have been made for the flick, which was penned by 'Warehouse 13' scribe Andrew Kreisberg.

Head after the jump for the latest 'Criminal Minds' spinoff casting news, to learn which TV vet is joining Betty White in 'Hot in Cleveland,' and more.

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Kids Choice Awards Red Carpet: Allison Iraheta Talks Top 10, 'Slumdog' Star on His Next Role

by Anna Dimond, posted Mar 28th 2010 9:00AM
After a winter awards frenzy for some of Hollywood's most seasoned stars, it was the kids' turn Saturday to take center stage at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards, just in time for spring break -- and with temps that felt like summer.

Forget Academy politics and catering to the foreign press. The annual award show allows fans to vote on categories that include include staples like favorite TV actress (Selena Gomez took the orange blimp this year) and demo-specific verticals like cutest couple ('New Moon''s fictional Jacob and Bella [Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart] beat out the Obamas) and favorite voice from an animated movie (Jim Carrey). Comedian Kevin James hosted the event, which featured performances from tween phenom Justin Bieber and Rihanna, plus the requisite celeb-sliming.

Sweltering afternoon heat didn't stop the likes of Rihanna, Will Smith and his family, the Jonas Brothers and more from swarming the orange carpet ahead of the show. While the KCAs is familiar turf for some, others were taking it all in for the first time.

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