NBC pilots 'Prime Suspect,' Civil War drama

NBC’s adaptation of the British hit Prime Suspect is going to pilot, along with an ambitious Civil War drama.

Prime Suspect follows “an iconoclastic female detective [that] has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct that is dominated by men.” Peter Berg is executive producing and directing with Desperate Housewives producer Alexandra Cunningham as showrunner.

The Crossing (formerly titled Reconstruction) is set in the aftermath of the Civil War, where “a soldier crosses the country and settles into a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior — whether he likes it or not.” Which sounds a bit like a Western, huh? Excited about this. Northern Exposure creator Joshua Brand is showrunner.


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  • Peter

    Please cast Connie Britton for ‘Prime Suspect’… she already has an in with Peter Berg from FNL!

    • Andrea D

      BRILLIANT idea! She MIGHT be able to make me forget Helen…but I don’t know!

      • AcaseofGeo

        PS on NBC? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Forget Helen Mirren? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

      • NFB

        Forget it NBC. Nobody can top Helen Mirren in that role. Nobody.

  • Mary

    The original “Prime Suspect” was so well done that I’m leery of an American remake. Here’s hoping it’s good!

    • Lily

      Fingers crossed. Dunno how I’ll ever be able to not think of Dame Helen. She rocked that show. She IS that show for me. But I’ll keep an open mind…

    • Jennifer

      Judging by the recent(ish) history of American remakes of British hits, it will be crap and then be cancelled. Rather like the dreadful American version of Cracker.

  • Ben

    Has anybody been cast in Prime Suspect? Is it too early for that?

    • James Hibberd

      No cast yet…now that it’s a pilot, they’ll look for a cast…

  • Simon Jester

    PRIME SUSPECT has already been remade for American television. It was called THE CLOSER.

    • Windygirl

      I don’t see the similarity, other than that they are both females. The Closer – also excellent – was known for getting confessions from criminals. Prime Suspect was out and out excellent police procedural television that revolved around Miren (LOVE her). I don’t recall any zany screwups in PS, either.

  • Brian K

    Elizabeth Mitchell for Prime Suspect. If they can just get the awful V cancelled. Britton would be a good second choice

    • Windygirl

      If you’re talking about the main alien woman (I don’t watch V) then I believe you’ve made a great choice. Let’s hope NBC won’t screw PS up with their gratitutous ” perp chases” (“hey YOU across the street!!! Police! Wait for us to come arrest you!!!”) or car chases (this is Prime suspect, people, it’s intelligent drama). Good luck with that, NBC.

  • av

    Why does every show seem to be set in New York, LA, or Chicago. I’m really enjoying Harry’s Law, with the setting in Cincinnati. Sometimes it’s nice to think that Hollywood knows humanity exists in the “Bible Belt”.

    • Brian K

      In all honesty and not trying to be snarky, I’d never heard of Ohio being in the bible belt before.

      • Aimee

        I live in SE Ohio and oh yes, it is part of the Bible Belt. People exist outside of Columbus and Cleveland, ya know.

      • Windygirl

        FYI: the bible belt is pretty much every state that doesn’t border the east or west coast, excluding the southeast coastal states (let’s call them the bible girdle) Or Colorado. Maaaaybe Nevada. But that’s pretty much it.

    • Marie

      Not that many shows are set in Chicago. The question you should be asking is why is there yet another police procedural drama set in NYC (regardless of the pedigree of the original show).

      • Windygirl

        Speaking of Cleveland: I’m loving Hot in Cleveland!!!

      • Windygirl

        Ya. Sick of police shows set in NYC and LA. How about Seattle? Ooh ooh! Vancouver BC!!!!! Yes!!!

        I love Canadians.

    • julie lee

      I just read that Toby Stephens is in Prime Supect….I really really think the filming should be moved to Cincinnati now…Just one Cincinnatians opinion….

  • Lisa

    Soo…it’s not really a Civil War drama then?

    • Kelly

      Yeah, there’s a difference between the Civil War period and the Reconstructionist period. And frankly, if there aren’t any blue and gray uniforms involved, I’m not interested.

  • Chris

    Cast Helen Hunt. She needs something to do.

    • Steven

      Please make this happen. Helen is amazing and she needs to be on my TV every week!

  • JJ

    Kudos to NBC for developing this and not the dreck like “Mercy” and “Perfect Couples” that we’ve gotten in the past.

    Prime Suspect needs an quality talented actress who’s not too big of a movie star to come to tv.

    They need to look at women like Patricia Clarkson, Joan Allen, Virgina Madsen, etc.

    If they can get someone amazing locked up for Wonder Woman and someone for this they’ll have two very different but potentially very entertaining and buzzworthy shows.

    Your move NBC.

    • Raymond

      Add Cherry Jones (“24″) to that list. I’m not getting my hopes up. I’m expecting Kim Delaney.

    • ceebee

      All great choices!

      • Windygirl

        Kim Delaney? Barf! Been there, done that

    • Myke25

      Patricia Clarkson would rock PS! So would Joan Allen.

    • Windygirl

      I do like Patricia Clarkson for this. I think Madsen is too sexy, or they’d make her be that, knowing NBC

  • Emoney

    The Civil War one sounds interesting. I like westerns. I like period drama. I am concerned about the phrase “complicated town.” What does that mean?

    • vics02

      They’re probably all vampires.

      • disgruntled redhead

        Or zombies.

  • Yabby

    Maria Bello for PRIME SUSPECT

    • Windygirl

      Oh!!!! Excellent!!! I can see her in this!

    • disgruntled redhead

      No!!! I hate Maria Bello! She’s beautiful, but she overacts in everything she does. I always refer to her in my head as Maria Bellow.

  • left coast sports babe

    Connie Britton is an inspired choice!

  • Paloma

    Everything old is new (old) again. Can’t these people come up with something that hasn’t been done to death? And that they didn’t steal from the UK

    • Windygirl

      Good point, Paloma. If anything, why not fund a revival of the original. If Miren doesn’t want to do the day-to-day primary position, have her guest star as chief of police. Or whatever it is over there.

  • PJL

    NBC seems to be grabbing at straws trying to find something decent to air. I for one don’t want a remake of Prime Suspect. Remember when CSI, L&O, ER were groundbreaking shows? We need ideas like that now not rehashes of Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman etc.

    • Hello

      Then don’t watch, and go complain elsewhere.

  • t.g. pierson

    Jane Tennison is one of the greatest written and acted roles (male or female) that has ever graced television. It would be nearly impossible to replace Helen Mirren, however as a previous poster stated, Patricia Clarkson or Joan Allen would be interesting choices and if either one were cast I would definitely tune in.

    • t.g. pierson

      Here’s another thought….Judy Davis.

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