Prime Suspect: Is the New NBC Crime Series Worth Watching?

Prime Suspect tv show NBCThis evening, the peacock network is premiering yet another remake of a British TV show, Prime Suspect. The original stars Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison, a no-nonsense British Detective Chief Inspector (DCI). NBC’s version stars Mario Bello as Detective Jane Timoney. Mirren played her role for 15 years. We’ll have to wait to see how long Bello lasts.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

San Francisco Chronicle: “Bello’s Timoney isn’t one-dimensional, but you can’t quite get a purchase on who she is. It’s one thing to create a conflicted character, but the conflicts need to have some credible interrelationship, and oftentimes, the only thing that holds Timoney’s identity together is Bello’s considerable acting skill. Even if we don’t entirely get her, we want to keep watching.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “As Jane, Ms. Bello brings a crusty dedication to the role that serves her well. She’s only slightly younger than Ms. Mirren was when she originated the role in 1991, and Ms. Bello is not afraid to allow herself to look tired and worn, a necessary trait for the character.”

USA Today: “Give Maria Bello credit, if you like, for having the courage to take on a character so indelibly linked to one of the great actors of our time, Helen Mirren — and then take it away for the ridiculously behatted mash she and the show have made of the character.”

“Bello’s Jane is your typical, shockingly intuitive procedural cop, battling her own bad temper, a ridiculous “signature” fedora and the show’s heavy-handed approach to sexual politics — an approach that seems not to realize that 20 years have passed since the original.”

Boston Herald: “Like The Closer or The Good Wife, NBC’s new drama Prime Suspect hinges on the performance of one woman. Maria Bello stars as NYPD homicide Detective Jane Timoney in the series based on the British drama of the same name. The role feels like a natural fit for the actress — certainly more so than her previous TV parts on ER and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Jane is edgy and clever without being affected.”

Chicago Tribune: “Bello’s new show will never fill the gumshoes of the original, partly because network TV audiences demand their cops solve crimes quickly, not over several episodes like the original did. I prefer the longer plotlines, but the new show quickly establishes its detective characters as fascinating individuals to watch.”

“Thanks to the rock solid performances of Bello, O’Byrne and co-stars that include Kirk Acevedo, Kenny Johnson and Chicago homeboys Tim Griffin and Aidan Quinn, Prime Suspect rises above the formula network procedurals that focus more on forensics than good, old-fashioned grunt detective work.”

What do you think? Will you be checking out Prime Suspect on NBC? What’s your gut feeling? Do you think it’ll survive to get renewed or will be quickly cancelled instead?

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  1. Kay Hiett says

    I think Prime Suspect is one of the better shows of the season,it doesn’t have a bunch of nudity for no reason.I hope they keep it on.

  2. Sandy says

    I worked in one of the worst ” boys clubs” in history (aerospace) and in the 70’s/80’s computer programming (both typically mens jobs). I was so flabbergasted at how true to form the male cops reacted to Jane and how they treated her. Kudo’s to the writers and to Ms. Bello -for a fantastic show. People just don’t understand that women working in this atmosphere with these egotistical, child-like flatheads have no idea the toll it can take on you. This show should be a good lesson for everybody. I laughed out loud when I read the comment from the guy who was expecting a comedy. Good show, please keep it on and give it a chance to catch on. I need some intellectual stimuli since anything to do with swamps is really not my area of interest. Thanks..

  3. cc says

    NBC should put it on a timeslot that is more friendly, like Fridays or Saturdays. I love the show. Maria Bello is good. Helen Mirren she is not, and she knows it, but it’s called ACTING and Maria Bello can act. I tune in every week and I’d be disappointed if it were cancelled, just like Chase was and Kingpin. NBC is close minded when it comes to drama that doesn’t mirror the Law & Order franchise. Send the show to TNT.

  4. Bill C... says

    I was the same way, loved Maria Bello in it but the rest of the cops actually made me not want to watch it… Will watch a couple more to see what happens.

  5. Dave says

    Not sure yet. By the comercials I was really expecting a comedy. Sure knew there would be some drama expected, but I felt it was going to be light hearted like Castle(not that light, but middle ground between castle and a drama).

    So when I watched it I was really surprised how serious it was. So since it was not what I was expecting I am not sure how much I liked it. It was ok. May give it one more shot but wasnt in a mood for a serious dama.

  6. Why says

    Thought Mario Bello played a good character, but I didn’t like the rest of the police group. Those characters were non-essential and made it tough to get through the whole show, which I didn’t.

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