NBC’s two new Thursday shows – Whitney [9:30/8:30C] and Prime Suspect [10/9C] – couldn’t be more different. Whitney, based on the comedy of Whitney Cummings, isn’t even the best show from her this fall [that would be 2 Broke Girls on another network], while Prime Suspect is a decent procedural so loosely adapted from the gritty British series of the same name that its lead character has a new last name – and wears a fedora.
Anyone who has seen Lynda LaPlante’s Prime Suspect might wonder how NBC, an American broadcast network, could possibly pull off an adaptation where there could be no nudity, no cussing and considerably less all-around nastiness. To them , I need only saw two things: Homicide: Life on the Streets, and Peter Berg [Friday Night Lights – the movie and the TV series].
The Prime Suspect [NBC, Thursdays, 10/9C] trailer and other videos from nbc.com show a willingness to embrace the tone and intelligence of the original and Maria Bello definitely fits the role of Jane Timoney. Check out five more videos after the jump.
As the network with the biggest need to attain credibility with the American public, is going for it! The network’s new drama schedule runs the gamut from traditional to way, way out there, with The Firm, a sequel to John Grisham’s The Firm, and an adaptation of Lynda LaPlante’s brilliant U.K. series, Prime Suspect. Other new series include Playboy Club, Awake [a police detective finds himself living in two worlds after a tragic car accident], Grimm [a world in which the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm were real] and Smash [the last being positioned for a mid-season premiere].
On the comedy side, NBC has taken six pilots to series: Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea!, Bent, Best Friends Forever, Free Agents and Up All Night.
Maria Bello is in final negotiations to fill Dame Helen Mirren’s metaphorically sizable shoes as Jane Tennison in the pilot for NBC’s take on the English crime classic, Prime Suspect according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The British series, which found Tennison rising in the ranks of Britain’s Metropolitan Police – despite office sexism and her own personal demons, is a dark, gritty and frequently horrific work that is far more suited for FX, Showtime or HBO, so it will be interesting to see how NBC handles it.
Now that NBC has given up trying to reinvent television by trying to cram late-night programming down the throats of its primetime audience, whatever will they do next?
Well, one idea might be to hustle a bunch of new scripted series [The Rockford Files is new?] through development and onto the screens of their now alienated audience in hopes of drawing them back. Follow the jump to check out a partial slate of upcoming NBC series – with muted commentary…