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PRIME SUSPECT: First promo, interviews for NBC remake.

A) I am a big fan of the BBC series PRIME SUSPECT.
B) I am a fan of actress Maria Bello.
C) I am VERY skeptical of the NBC remake of PRIME SUSPECT starring Maria Bello.

NBC has ordered a season of this series. I have not seen the pilot, it may be fantastic, but a very major part of the original series was Jane Tennison taking a position tradionally held by men and dealing with the pressures of the job, the pressures of being a woman in a “man’s job” and the pressures of balancing work with her home life.

Call me a negative nancy, but I don’t see this holding up to the high standard of source material. I am not sure who is writing it, IMDB only lists those that created the original series. Peter Berg is directing. He previously directed HANCOCK, THE RUNDOWN and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS…I am not seeing anything there that gives me hope. Oh, he is also directing BATTLESHIP, the movie based on the BOARD GAME. Hmm, that does nothing to bolster my negative view of this project.

Cable channels create new shows, networks do remakes and spin-offs.

One upside, Aiden Quinn is playing Jane Timoney (Maria Bello)’s boss. I like Quinn.

Based on the critically acclaimed British television series of the same name, “Prime Suspect” has been redeveloped for American audiences by writer Alexandra Cunningham (“Desperate Housewives,” “NYPD Blue”), director Peter Berg (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) — and stars Maria Bello (“A History of Violence”) as tough-as-nails Detective Jane Timoney. Timoney finds that being a homicide detective in New York City is tough enough and having to contend with a male-dominated police department to get respect makes it that much tougher. She’s an outsider who has just transferred to a new precinct dominated by an impenetrable clique of a boys’ club. Timoney has her own vices too — with a questionable past — and she tends to be forceful, rude and reckless. But she’s also a brilliant cop who keeps her eye on one thing: the prime suspect. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (“Unknown”), Brian O’Byrne (“Flash Forward”), Tim Griffin (“Star Trek”), Kirk Acevedo (“Fringe”), Joe Nieves (“How I Met Your Mother”), Damon Gupton (“The Last Airbender”) and Peter Gerety (“Blue Bloods”). “Prime Suspect” is produced by Universal Media Studios, ITV and Film 44. Cunningham is the executive producer/writer along with executive producer/director Berg and executive producers Sarah Aubrey, Julie Meldal-Johnson, Paul Buccieri and Lynda LaPlante.

Here is Maria giving her sales pitch:

And Aiden as well: