NBC's "Prime Suspect" Is Like Anchorman But With Less Ron Burgundy

NBC's "Prime Suspect" Is Like Anchorman But With Less Ron Burgundy

Genre: Hour-long police procedural

Premise: Tough detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) deals with sexism at work and even worse things on the streets while busting perps.

Behind-the-Scenes: This is a "re-imagining" of the PBS series that starred Helen Mirren.  Bello previously occupied the NBC Thursday 10pm slot when she was guest-starring on ER.  Peter Berg directed the pilot.

The Good: Probably the most stylish and best directed pilot of the season - the lighting, the color desaturation, the handheld camerawork all look great and give the series a distinct visual style.  I didn't realize Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom) was behind the camera but it definitely bears his stamp.  Bello is believable in the role and deserves her own series.

The Bad:  What year are we in again?  The show takes place in present-day, but the sexist attitudes of Jane's co-workers seem woefully out-of-date.  I felt like this was a TV version of Anchorman, but with the setting switched to a police station.  I half expected Bryan Fontana to pop in and say, "Look, don't get me wrong.  I looooove the ladies....but they don't belong in a newsroom police station!"  The costume designer has to be fired.  Seriously, Bello's hat has to f**king go.

Will It Last?: Early ratings are in and they're terrible.  NBC just can't catch a break.   This should have done much better.  It won't last past mid-season.

Add a Series Pass?: Well, considering it's just going to get canceled, why invest the time?  Regardless, this is just okay.  You could do a lot worse.  Bonus for making me want to watch Anchorman again.



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  • I definitely agree. I know it's probably hard for women in police departments, but this was laying it on too thick. I really wanted this to do well, but it's totally getting cancelled.

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