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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.

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Ugly Betty move shifts two shows off fall schedule

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 10th 2006 3:28PM
Notes from the UnderbellyYesterday, when I reported that ABC moved Ugly Betty from Fridays to Thursdays, I wasn't sure of the fate of the two shows it was replacing, Big Day and Notes from the Underbelly (right). According to Richard Huff of the New York Daily News, the two serialized comedies will find a home on the schedule on either Tuesday or Wednesday, after Dancing with the Stars and its results show are done. It's just as well; Underbelly doesn't seem like it has staying power, anyway, and from what I've heard, Big Day isn't that special, either. ABC made the right choice by putting a stronger show in the more high-profile timeslot.

So what's going to take Ugly Betty's vacated Friday spot? A second episode of America's Funniest Videos, that's what. So that means this fall we're going to be seeing Tom Bergeron four nights a week, since he hosts both AFV and Dancing. Who knew he'd become the network's next Regis Philbin?

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Love Monkey shelved after three episodes

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 9th 2006 1:40PM
Tom Cavanagh of Love MonkeyAccording to TVGuide.com, CBS has shelved Love Monkey after three episodes. It will be replaced by the new edition of The Amazing Race.

I've got to be honest with you; I'm a bit surprised about this. I'm not really sure what the ratings for the show have been, but they couldn't have been so bad that CBS decided to pull the plug so soon. Usually creative shows like this get a little more of a chance to develop and find an audience.

Yes, the show had some problems: the dialogue was sometimes mumbled to the point of incoherence, the narration was irritating, and it seemed like Tom Cavanagh's character could do no wrong, seemingly solving all his problems by the end of each episode (I mean, last week he proved that not only is he a great A&R guy, but a fine music video director and editor, too!). But the show had enough going for it that it deserved another chance. Maybe we'll see it after sweeps are over.

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