NBC Shuts Down Prime Suspect

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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Im pissed too. NBC will be losing a lot of people who watch their channel. I know my family and most of my freinds say they will no longer watch their channel due to the cancellation of prime suspect. Fox also is another one on their list to not watch due to the cancellation of Terror Nova. Maybe they should listen to the people but no they are idiots.
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piss me off. there is only a few shows I watch religiously and Prime Suspect was one of them. Bring Maria Bello back. it was so realistic with normal people none of the far fetched stuff like other police shows. Booooooo NBC!!!!!!
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Damn! I really enjoyed this show. Yeah, the pilot was an extremely poor adaptation of the original BBC Prime Suspect, but it quickly began to find it's own voice. I think it would have fared better had it followed a formula closer to FX's Justified, than the Law and Order: SVU formula that they used.



Will miss Maria Bello, maybe this show will find a second life on TNT or USA...(please).
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One more thing. I believe a show with the better writing (as I believe of Prime Suspect) is cancelled because people are so used to all the CRAP that is being shown on TV today. Their expectations have been lowered to the point of being happy with so much of what's out there. When I see some of the shows that will be coming soon, I cringe. The "Jersey Shore" producer is coming out with a new reality show about Texas. Can't wait for that one. That's what I mean. When people like the "stars" of Jersey Shore become "stars," we're in serious trouble. It's really getting so the best shows are on USA, FX, Bravo. NBC, CBS, and ABC should take a page from them.
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This show is so great. I really think the whole thing is well made. The characters are perfect, the story line is perfect. It became my new favorite show on tv. I REALLY hope they reconsider cancelling it. I feel like they made the show for intelligent people. This makes me sad that they might cancel it.
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As a fan of the British original, I admittedly had very low expectations for the US remake. So I was truly surprised at how much I enjoyed the performances from all the cast, Maria Bello in particular.



NBC should really quit trying to make gritty cop shows. Every time they make one that's half-decent, they kill it quickly. (Yes, "Homicide: Life on the Street" is a notable exception to what is otherwise apparently a rule for that network.) Well, at least "Southland" still lives on over at TNT.
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best show on tv, intelligent, real, witty, of course it got cancelled, look at what the millions of numbskulls in america watch
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Not surprised.
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Well I guess it looks like Kirk Acevedo will have time for Fringe now. It'll good to see him back there but I really did enjoy Prime Suspect. Last night's episode had be on the edge of my seat!
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Seriously, this was a GREAT show. I wanted to like The Chicago Code, but I found the voice-overs from multiple characters to be a bit cheesy. But the tone and pacing of Prime Suspect was perfect.

NBC = Nothing But Copouts
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I liked this show, ok it got off to a slow start and that hat had to go, but don't cancel a series because of a wardrobe malfunction, the last episode was excellent and even though the differences between this and its UK counterpart are much and many I think this show can be great. Also in the other cancelled shows im not yet over, The Chicago code, what was up with that? A great cast and good story telling I could name many more that should have gone instead.
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I love this show! ugh.

The UK show was great but I thought the translation was done really well and I love the chemistry between all the characters. boohoo
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It was kinda awful but honestly, better than Unforgettable and that was picked up by CBS. I guess Maria Bello needed to show off some Angela Bassett arms and do more "thoughtful pouting" and audiences would have shown up more.
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If only they had not called it "Prime Suspect". The UK original was really good and this version does not stand well in comparison. It is good in its own right, better in fact than some shows which are still running long after their sell-by-date. If it had just been aired under a different name then it would have done far better.
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Chuck is also in a bad way this year; let's just hope that NBC lets it reach it's 100 episode mark. Although it not like NBC really has anything better for the Friday 8pm slot.



Time to update the Dead Pool, although by now I think the leaders are pretty much set.



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Chuck is already in its last season I doubt NBC is going to mess with it now.
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If the ratings are bad enough they could pull it early, although I don't think they'll bother. The probably have enough in-show advertising to keep it on.
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Personally I like this show. It's had it's flaws, but what series hasn't in it's first season? It's got an interesting lead that isn't a fake super-model going out in designer gowns and hi-heels and solving crime. There's been some good female leads written for television lately and I'm sorry to see this one killed off so soon. It's a shame that people today care more about game shows and "reality" series instead of a well written, and acted, drama.
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I tried to like it but really wasn't that good.
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Told you to lose the Kojack look!!
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I don't hate the show, but I don't love it either. I guess they have to cancel something to make room for the midseason pilots.



Better this than something I actually enjoy.
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Too bad if they cancel it. It's nothing like the UK show, and dare I say it, I like the US version better. I usually hate American remakes, but this one is very different and very good.



And Community - dear God, please, NO. This is simply the best comedy show. Period.
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I know. Community was a shocker for me too.
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Was awful anyway.
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So, just wondering here: has NBC ever done anything good regarding television?

Besides the single-camera workplace comedy (which started with The Office-another British import), I'm really drawing blanks. They also turned SciFi into SyFy, for the record.



Let's look at mistakes: this weak-sauce remake of an excellent British show (I'm sure Maria Bello was doing her best with the material, but it's so much tamer than the original), The Event, The Playboy Club, not picking up Ron Moore's pilot for 17th Precinct, not giving Dan Harmon a blank check for Community, doing something to delay the premiere of Awake (which looks like it could be the best new show on television), Rock Center w/ Brian Williams, the Jay Leno-Conan fiasco, the current cast of Saturday Night Live, can you guys think of some more? I will seriously pop some caps up in here if they cancel Community-the most innovative (and funniest, I think) comedy on television.
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This is a friggin' mistake! The show's not like the original BBC show, but that's all right. This one looks and sounds great. The cop talk alone should be enough to keep the show on the air. Bad move NBC.
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you know, this was one of those shows that just kept me watching. I know it's not awesome, but it is not terrible either. I'll bet this show would do great on cable, I know I love watching it and always have a spot waiting for it on my DVR and I usually watch it live or like 20 minutes after it starts. This is a show will miss but I hope it sees life renewed on cable!
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I'm pretty upset with this decision. I was enjoying it. I think sometimes it was a bit too slow paced, but I thought Maria Bello was doing a good job, and I couldn't help but laugh everytime I saw Aidan Quinn :P
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i would have imagined this happening sooner , the show was overrated , nothing but milked idea from a lot of cop series
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I could care less about Prime Suspect but Community and Awake not fair!!! I am going to have to boycott NBC- its just so wrong to live in a world where there is no Community!
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Dang!!! I really like this show!
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I'm sorry but not surprised. Seems whichever show I really like does poorly and is soon gone. RIP Prime Suspect, you were a TERRIFIC show and will be missed.
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Maria Bello was like AMAZING!!! great remake of the BBC's Prime Suspect!!! you should be proud of it, rather than canceling it!! pfff...
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noooohoooooo!!!!! don't cancel Prime Suspect!!!! you bastards!!!!
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Hopefully blame will be laid on the hat rather than Maria Bello.
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There goes the tv exec programmers again you have a great show and you stick it in a lousy time slot not only that but with other crime dramas. They should give the show a break it was good and sharp just like the UK's version. It needs a better home with the death on Friday nights. They should let the fans have the choice personally I like Tuesdays when all that is on is crap in that 10pm slot.
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Boo! Liked it way more than Person of Interest, which I bailed on. Love Maria Bello. Boo squared.
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i saw the first two episodes , it was cool show!!!!
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Why can't they be like the BBC. Do 6 episode seasons. Make those 6 quality and then fill the rest with crap like Grimm and Smash and giving Donald Trump money for some reason. I mean really, take Luther on the BBC it could never be on any network here, because like Prime Suspect it would be cancelled before it got its legs. And it is better than 99% of what the networks have to offer. If I were running Prime Suspect I would pitch it to FX where it can get darker and where they appreciate quality dramas.
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i wasn't interested in it, but i'd take it over half the crap NBC designates "worthy"
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NBC is hurting ratings wise and they fail to keep good dramas, no wonder the cable networks are streaking their viewers
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Disappointing. It was a quality show.
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Aw I liked Prime Suspect. It wasn't the best, but I still looked forward to it.
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That royally sucks. Well I think Maria Bello will be getting a chance at another series pretty soon though.
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I don't know why they called it Prime Suspect. It really wasn't like the original show. And it just made it ripe for the comparisons. Doomed to fail.
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This sucks. I enjoyed this show. It's different and had a likeable female lead. Deserves better ratings.
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really disappointed! sad sad day.

Detroit 187 and now this!
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i forgot to add Chicago Code and Southland. I guess gritty cop shows doing last.

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You and I have the same taste in police dramas - I really don't get why the shows you mentioned weren't incredibly popular. I much prefer them over the CSI/NCIS/SVU formats - so much deeper and more entertaining!!

I would add The Shield to your list!
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I tried to like this one, but couldn't even make it through the pilot. Love Maria Bello. Do not like the show. A good decision by NBC. Let's hope that starts a trend.
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WHAT!!!! I love this show. Couldn't they cancel the ridiculous Unforgotten or Person of Interest? I'm very unhappy.
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I am sorry but both shows you mentioned are great, especially Person of Interest.. and they are by far much better than Prime Suspect, with different and more interesting premises than "a female cop trying to be tough among male cops" thingy.. obviously TV has it's share of basic cop dramas and just another one did not work well, plus the gender discrimination card might have been more repelling than appealing to the audiance..
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I think you're you've got your networks mixed up. Unforgotten and Person of Interest are on CBS not NBC, so NBC has no control over those shows which both handily beat out the average to bad Prime Suspect.



Also why does American networks keep trying to bring over British comedies and dramas. They always screw them up. The only one's that work are the terrible reality shows and games shows networks brought over. The only real worth while show that worked in a USA version was Whose Line Is It Anyway. That show was great.
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I didn't confuse the networks, I realize they're on another network. I was more complaining that these two shows are rated so highly, but the quality of show can't compare to Prime Suspect.



I understand what you're saying about the American networks redoing British shows and not living up to the original. I watch a few British shows, but I have to download them since they're not aired here in Canada. I'd love to watch the originals, but since that doesn't happen, at least they're coping shows from the best.
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