Scheduleers at NBC cold-cock Prime Suspect in Favor of New Grisham Series The Firm

Posted: November 26, 2011 in TV Crime
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http://www.nbc.com/the-firm/

http://www.nbc.com/prime-suspect/

Portents of the excel spread sheet have once again cold cocked a leading crime show at NBC, This time it is the turn of Prime Suspect.

Which is a shame. But Crimezine isn’t surprised in the slightest. We loved the original show with Helen Mirren. Not only is Mirren an astonishing actress, but the original premise for the show rocked big time too.

In the original iconic British version  of  Prime Suspect, Mirren starred as Scotland Yard’s DCI Jane Tennison. The series focused on her struggles against sexism in the work place. and Tennison’s struggles with alcoholism. Heavy issues such as such as paedohilia, child abuse, and prostitution appeared weekly. Dark subject matter, for a prime-time show. But it was this darkness and a willingness to handle difficult issues, that made this show into a multi award-winning legend.

Fast -forward to the present day, and Prime Suspect redux is quite a different beast. The drama

Prime Suspect

Maria Bello, too cute for Prime Suspect?

of the original series has been stripped away completely and the show has been distilled into a cretinously simplistic formula, namely: loudmouth detective screws, boss no one likes her, but she compensates for this by being work obsessed. Yawn.

In the original series, Mirren was truly up against the system. In the new show—well no one likes a loudmouth, especially when they have been shtupping the boss, and to make things worse Maria Bello is way too cute for the role. The fact that Mirren actually looked like a hard-bitten older-woman, who was up against it was a major part of the shows appeal.

As for NBC’s new Grisham Concept The Firm, this show catches up with the Mitch McDeere leading character in the Grisham book and 1993 film, ten years after the events which saw the young lawyer bring down the mobbed up Memphis law firm.

Crimezine is excited. The cast includes Juliette Lewis and Josh Lucas. But will NBC make the same mistakes they made with Prime Suspect? Oh, the irony if they do, The Firm’s main sub text: the little guy fighting against a corporate interests run amok.

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