NBC Halts Production on ‘Prime Suspect'; No Return In Sight

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:33 pm,

Maria Bello Prime Suspect Series Premiere NBC NBC Halts Production on Prime Suspect; No Return In Sight

NBC’s newest tough-as-nails cop drama Prime Suspect appears to have been given an unceremonious farewell, as the network is shutting down production on the freshman series after leaving it off of their 2012 midseason schedule.

Prime Suspect, which is an adaptation of the popular British series starring Helen Mirren, has had trouble finding an audience since its September premiere.  With an initial rating of just over 6 million viewers, Prime Suspect quickly dropped to an average of 4.5 million viewers per episode.

Despite Prime Suspect receiving favorable reviews, NBC isn’t in any position to allow a new show to underperform – even if it is a competent series. That being said, NBC did attempt to help find an audience for the series. Following The Playboy Club’s cancelation, NBC replayed the first three episodes of Prime Suspect in its time slot. Unfortunately, that didn’t help.

Of course, Prime Suspect hasn’t officially been canceled yet, and being left off of the mid-season schedule alone doesn’t mean that it’s not coming back – this is something that Community fans should take note of, following the announcement of Community being put on hiatus.

Unfortunately, whereas Community is continuing to film episodes, NBC is shutting down production on the Prime Suspect without any sign when it might start up again. While it’s common for television production to shut down around the holidays, Deadline is reporting that the cast and crew have been notified that there isn’t a date set for production to begin again. According to the network, they’re still weighing their options.

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Helen Mirren in 'Prime Suspect'

For fans of Prime Suspect, this is certainly not the best news in the world. Fourtunatly, if you enjoy what Maria Bello did with the role, you still have the opportunity to also see what Helen Mirren did with it. Desptie NBC’s Prime Suspect only producting 8 episodes, the original British series ended after just 14 episodes. Of course, the British version’s 14-episode run stretched over the course of 15 years, from 1991 to 2006. Each episode was  3+ hours and followed Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison over the course of her career.

As NBC is still “looking over their options” with the series, we’ll make sure to keep you up to date if anything changes. But as it stands now, it would be wise to bid farewell to Prime Suspect.

You can watch the last remaining episodes of Prime Suspect Thursdays @10pm on NBC

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Source: Deadline





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  1. My sister told me about this show and said it was great. I was looking forward to watching it myself. I think the right thing to do is bring it back on a different night. I’m surprised if that wasn’t thought of as an option and was acted upon. I know personally I don’t see anything worthwhile watching on Monday and Wednesday nights. I think you should look at airing it on one of those nights. please give this another thought.

    • Prime Suspect was an excellent show with a strong leading character…a woman detective played by a Pennsylvania local Maria Bello and a acclaimed cast. The correct thing for NBC to do instead of canceling the show would be to move it to another time slot.

  2. So disappointed! I really liked this show and watched it all the time. I watched it online mostly and not in the time slot they had. They should at least give this more time and maybe switch the night it is aired.

  3. That sucks. One of the few good shows on tv.

  4. One of the few NBC shows that I watched. I thought it was a very good crime drama one that was actually on par with the CBS crime dramas. Why does NBC always cancell the good ones??????

  5. I swear I dont know who runs things over there but taking prime suspect off the air was the stupidest decision nbc has made to date. You people move shows around and take shows off and its what makes viewers stop watching your network. The firm was moved without advertising it so I missed 2 episodes. Harrys law the same thing. Who is running scheduling over there. Give me the job Ill show you how its done. You finally have good shows in your line up and your moving them around and taking them off. Good job NBC, start firing the lugnuts responsible for these decisions.

  6. Prime Suspect – fabulous cast. So wonderful to see the talented Maria Bello, and, the very sensitive, talented and acclaimed actor, Aidan Quinn . as well as a stellar support team of actors.I anticipate with enthusiasm any work they are in. Peter Berg. His name speaks volumes to quality. And – therein lies the problem. The dumbing down of America; the lack of appreciation or even understanding of quality scripting, story line and fine acting is beyond the grasp of the average American. Having been thrilled from the very first and all subsequent episodes of Friday Night Lights, as well as Prime Suspect, I knew sadly from the first episode of each that they were doomed. America is no longer about quality. I so look forward to future wore from you all.

  7. I truly do not understand the judgement of the powers that be in selection of TV shows. This was an excellent program, with great plots, and fine acting. At least, put it on another night, and try again! I’m tired of (and do not watch) reality shows, and terrible comedy shows, which seem to be taking over the networks. When you have something that is excellent, please learn to leave it alone!

  8. I loved the show and tried to watch it everytime it was on. It seemed like the time and nights it was on kept changing, so it was hard to catch it.

  9. Really? Why do they do this. Excellent show, great cast , super writing. Then it’s gone. Please make better decisions. I made a point to follow this show even though the schedule kept changing and it was difficult to know when it would be on. Why? Why?


  11. I am so with Michelle Taylor’s post a few hours ago. Am clueless whether the comments over the last couple of months have been forwarded to NBC. But then it might be so much talking-into-the-wind where that’s concerned. Example: A friend of mine has a relative who is a vice-president at NBC. When she complained to him, his response was, “The characters were trite.” (So I guess those in, say, “Whitney,” are NOT banal. Save us all.) Plaudits to all those who have posted comments here. The articulate and thoughtful tone of the majority reflects well on the caliber of viewer “Prime Suspect” was able to attract. Unfortunately, we have been shown the door.

  12. Prime Suspect was a great show.
    Please bring it back.

  13. I cannot believe this show apparently has been shut down. Not only that, it’s near impossible to let NBC hear from viewers like us. Would that PS could be rescued as Southland was. C’mon cable, here’s a winner ripe for the picking.

  14. I am sad to hear PRIME SUSPECT might not return. The actors are brilliant and the storylines are riveting. I’ve enjoyed it since the first show, and find it reminiscent of the early Law+Order series if better. If it can be saved, please do!!!!


    • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Prime Suspect. For a change, please LISTEN to the viewers!

      True quality show with BELIEVable characters. PUT BACK ON THE AIR!!!

  16. I can’t believe this program shut down. What are they thinking – this is a really good show and the acting and writing is excellent. Sad they are not continuing – maybe cable will pick it up. Seems like this is where all the really good shows go.

  17. My husband and I really like this show we can’t watch it on tv cause the trees are too tall for the dish. So we have to watch on the computer the night after on NBC. So add us to the list of people that like the show thank you

  18. My husband and I LOVED this show! We are so disappointed that it is being cancelled. I love Maria Callo. NBC, this is just plain stupid. BTW, our demographics: over 60, college-educated, white, Midwest, married. Bring Prime Suspect back, please!

  19. Loved the show. Took me a bit to start liking the main lead but now really miss it. Good thing Modern Family wasn’t an NBC product! They would have tossed it too.


  21. This was a great show and I just loved the woman detective she was so good. There is nothing on Monday night so put it there. You will get plenty of watchers nothing else to watch will improve ratings

  22. Prime suspect was an awesome show! I can’t believe you idiots have cancelled it. You didn’t even give it a chance! Please reconsider!

  23. I have to echo the sentiments of all of the smart people above. Prime Suspect is a phenominal show. Who ever is making the programming decisions at NBC needs their head examined. This is exactly why my television viewing is extremely limited these days. NBC hits a home run every few years, ex. Seinfeld, Fraser, Law and Order. But that’s soon followed by subpar, thoughtless crap. This was a show that combined drama and stories with a personal touch. Sort of reminds me of the Hill St Blues days. NBC execs, you better think about this one!

  24. Ditto! to all of the comments regarding this program. It is phenomenal!! I usually watch it on Xfinity and have not seen it lately.. I plan to write a letter to the network about a different day for airing this show..

  25. Quit moving it around and taking it off for weeks at a time. When it’s programmed that way, the only way I can see it is to set my DVR, which probably messes up the Neilson ratings. Programmers should actually try to follow their shows the way the viewing public does and they will see how hard it is to follow when it’s jumping all over the place or disappearing for weeks at a time. That only insures that a series bites the dust. This is one of the few shows that have believable characters on it. Please bring it back and leave it in one spot, for crying out loud.

  26. First Southland and now Prime Suspect. NBC is truly run by morons. Thank you TNT for picking up Southland. Do you have room for Prime Suspect. This show has great writing, great characters. It has a real feeling of true New York detectives. Between Southland, Prime Suspect and Good Wife I no longer miss Law and Order (SVU sucks). There’s an idea! Drop SVU and replace it with Prime Suspect. I’m so sick of Mariska Hargitay’s character. It’s time for shows with real police work and real characters. How many police precincts can afford large screen TVs for showing off their suspect photos anyway? Please save my our (me and my wife) favorite show!!!

  27. It seems as though every time I really enjoy a show it gets canceled. I really enjoyed Prime Suspect. I liked all of the characters and their interactions with each other, there was some humor. I don’t know how realistic it is but who cares? It’s television

  28. I am so disappointed that they have cancelled his show. It took me a couple of episodes to get comfortable with the main charachter,but after that I looked forward to watching it. Put it on a Monday or Tuesday and I bet there will be more viewers. Great show!!! Sad to see it stop.