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Maria Bello’s ‘Prime Suspect’ Gets the Ax?

 Maria Bello’s ‘Prime Suspect’ Gets the Ax?

Prime Suspect to halt production after shooting of their 13th episode.

Prime Suspect, the NBC police procedural series starring Maria Bello and her hat will halt production after shooting on the thirteenth episode concludes in New York.

Entertainment Weekly reports the grim news that the peacock “network just announced its new midseason lineup and the cop drama is not on it. Another remake, The Firm, will air in its place.”

The American remake of the beloved BBC series that starred Helen Mirren found favor with critics, but sadly never found it’s audience. EW said the remake, starring Bello in the role of the tough-as-nails cop, “only averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers. Since NBC already canceled Playboy [starring out actress Amber Heard] and Free Agents, NBC clearly wanted to keep its options open on Prime Suspect... It tried running repeats of the show on other nights, but Bello and her cohorts just couldn’t scare up more viewers.”

There’s still a glimmer of hope for fans, though. NBC has not officially announced the series is canceled, but, insiders say, “Cast members were reportedly told the show is history.“

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