November 16, 2011

THE SKED: “Prime Suspect” Bites the Dust

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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When NBC announced its midseason schedule yesterday and PRIME SUSPECT was nowhere to be found, that was clearly bad news for a shaky show. Today came the confirmation: the show is officially dead.
Not a surprise, since even with aggressive promotion that included almost a full week of 10PM reruns, Prime Suspect never caught on with viewers, most recently hovering around a 1.2 rating in 18-49s (although similar numbers seem to have bought HARRY’S LAW a full-season pick-up). It’s a shame, though, because the network spent several years trying to make a US version of the British classic work, and the caliber of talent involved, from star Maria Bello to pilot director/executive producer Peter Berg, was high.
WHITNEY lives, but Prime Suspect doesn’t. Such is the way of TV…
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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."