The history of U.S. networks reimagining--or whatever they want to call remaking--British TV shows is spotty at best. So I want to wish the network good luck with its new fall series, "Prime Suspect."
I'm not writing the show off, by any means. In fact, I'm pulling for it to be great, and a success. I loved the original, in which Helen Mirren immortalized the role of the strong-willed, troubled detective Jane Tennyson. Her Tennyson was an exemplary detective, but was a mess in her personal life.
In NBC's version, Tennyson's name has been changed but she sounds very much the same. Maria Bello plays "tough-as-nails" New York homicide Det. Jane Timoney, who fights the police department's boys' club and "tends to be forceful, rude and reckless." I like Bello and think she could be fascinating in the role, as long as she or her writers don't try to mirror what's already been done. Also going for "Prime Suspect"? It comes from "Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg and Lynda LaPlante, who created the original, is on board as a producer.
"Prime Suspect" will air at 9 p.m. Thursdays in the fall. NBC supplied this clip from the pilot, and the full description of the show below.
Based on the critically acclaimed British television series of the same name, "Prime Suspect" has been redeveloped for American audiences by writer Alexandra Cunningham ("Desperate Housewives," "NYPD Blue"), director Peter Berg (NBC's "Friday Night Lights") and stars Maria Bello ("A History of Violence") as tough-as-nails Detective Jane Timoney. Timoney finds that being a homicide detective in New York City is tough enough and having to contend with a male-dominated police department to get respect makes it that much tougher. She's an outsider who has just transferred to a new precinct dominated by an impenetrable clique of a boys' club. Timoney has her own vices too¿with a questionable past¿and she tends to be forceful, rude and reckless. But she's also a brilliant cop who keeps her eye on one thing: the prime suspect. Also starring are Aidan Quinn ("Unknown"), Brian O'Byrne ("Flash Forward"), Tim Griffin ("Star Trek"), Kirk Acevedo ("Fringe"), Joe Nieves ("How I Met Your Mother"), Damon Gupton ("The Last Airbender") and Peter Gerety ("Blue Bloods"). "Prime Suspect" is produced by Universal Media Studios, ITV and Film 44. Cunningham is the executive producer/writer along with executive producer/director Berg and executive producers Sarah Aubrey, Julie Meldal-Johnson, Paul Buccieri and Lynda LaPlante.
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