Another one bites the dust.
After just thirteen episodes, NBC's Prime Suspect appears to be going the way of The Playboy Club and Free Agents. Despite its critical praise, the remake of the BBC original starring Marisa Bello consistently posted low numbers in the ratings, averaging roughly six million viewers and a dismal 1.7 in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Production will halt after the final episode wraps up filming in New York this week, and with the drama's omission from NBC's recently announced midseason schedule (Community is also noticeably absent from the lineup but is expected to return with new episodes later in the season), this news seems to signal the final nail in Prime Suspect's coffin.
The U.S. iteration of Prime Suspect was considered one of fall television’s most promising new shows, although at times Bello’s choice of hat seemed to receive more press than anything else. In this version of the series, Maria Bello starred as Jane Timoney, a tough-as-nails detective in a male-dominated New York City precinct. The series also featured Brian F. O’Byrne (FlashForward) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe). And while there has been no official word on the program’s cancellation, sources have confirmed to Deadline.com that the cast has been notified of the show’s end.
New shows debuting midseason on NBC include The Firm, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name, and the Glee-like drama Smash. The Firm stars Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Josh Lucas (J. Edgar), and Juliette Lewis (Due Date), while Smash stars American Idol alum Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing (Will & Grace), and Anjelica Huston (The Big Year). You can also check out the rest of NBC's midseason replacements HERE. Now let's all have a moment of silence for Maria Bello and her trendy fedora.