NBC Shuts Down Prime Suspect

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Yesterday, NBC unveiled its midseason schedule, touting time-slot swaps and reality garbage. But the real news nuggets came in the form of omissions from the network's schedule, which doesn't include Community, Awake, or Prime Suspect. We still don't know the fate of the first two, but we just received some bad news regarding the latter.

NBC will shut down production on Prime Suspect after the show wraps the final episode of its 13-episode order, reports Deadline Hollywood. The news is hardly surprising, given the series' performance and yesterday's news. This doesn't spell outright doom, as the show technically hasn't been canceled, but untechnically? It's a goner. NBC may insist that it's exploring its options, but that's a way to save face after the rash of disappointing decisions it made yesterday.

Finger-pointing should not be directed at NBC for this one. The network put a lot of effort into the gritty cop drama—a remake of the acclaimed U.K. series—giving it several chances for exposure by airing repeats whenever possible. But an audience never showed up, and last week's new episode notched a 1.3 rating in the adult demo, beating only the already-canceled Charlie's Angels among the Big 4 networks.

Farewell, Prime Suspect. And farewell, Jane Timony's hat.


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