Prime Suspect (U.S. TV series)

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Prime Suspect
Prime Suspect US promo.jpg
Genre Drama
Created by Lynda La Plante
Developed by Alexandra Cunningham
Starring Maria Bello
Brian O'Byrne
Kirk Acevedo
Peter Gerety
Tim Griffin
Damon Gupton
Kenny Johnson
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Aidan Quinn
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) John McNamara
Alexandra Cunningham
Peter Berg
Sarah Aubrey
Julie Meldal-Johnson
Paul Buccieri
Lynda La Plante
Producer(s) Alexandra Cunningham
Nan Bernstein Freed
Cinematography Todd McMullen
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Production company(s) ITV Studios
Film 44
Universal Television
Open 4 Business Productions
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) – January 22, 2012 (2012-01-22)[1]
External links
Official website

Prime Suspect is an American police procedural television drama series that premiered on NBC on September 22, 2011.[2] It stars Maria Bello as Detective Jane Timoney. The series is a "re-imagining"[3] of the original British series Prime Suspect.[4] The series was created by Lynda La Plante and was redeveloped by Alexandra Cunningham who also serves as executive producer and writer. Peter Berg serves as executive producer and director. Sarah Aubrey, Julie Meldal-Johnson, Paul Buccieri, Lynda La Plante, and John McNamara all serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Universal Television, ITV Studios America, and Film 44.

On November 14, 2011, NBC announced it would replace Prime Suspect in the Thursday night line-up with The Firm, beginning January 12, 2012.[5][6]The final two produced episodes were broadcast by NBC on Sunday, January 22, 2012.[7]


Produced by Peter Berg and Alexandra Cunningham, the crime drama Prime Suspect takes place within a New York City Police Department homicide squad. The series stars Maria Bello as NYPD homicide Detective Jane Timoney, an outsider who has just transferred to a new squad where her new colleagues already dislike her. Jane is confident and focused, but also rude, abrupt and occasionally reckless. She has her vices, and rumors about how she got the job follow her everywhere.[8]

Cast and characters[edit]

Development and production[edit]

An American remake of the UK series was previously ordered by NBC in September 2009 as part of a two-year, three pilot deal with ITV Studios. Hank Steinberg, the creator of the CBS Without a Trace series, was set to write and executive produce the two-hour pilot. In early 2010, Erwin Stoff and Paul Buccieri were to also serve as executive producers—for ITV Studios and Universal Media Studios—and Mick Jackson was on board to direct. By late February, the project was put on hold because reportedly an actress could not be found to play the lead character. In July 2010, Universal Media Studios signed a new deal with Film 44, the production company of Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. As part of the agreement, they took over the development of Prime Suspect. "We are proud to continue our productive creative relationship with Peter and Sarah in developing Prime Suspect, among others… They have immense talent and passion".[9]

In early 2011, NBC gave the greenlight to produce a pilot script.[9] In late May, NBC announced that Prime Suspect would premiere on Thursday September 22, 2011.[10]

It was announced in early August that Maria Bello would star as the main character of Det. Jane Timoney.[9] The series is filmed in Los Angeles although the series is based in New York.[11]


No. Title Air Date 18–49 Rating U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
Timeslot Rank Reference
1 "Pilot" September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) 1.8 6.05 #3 [12]
2 "Carnivorous Sheep" September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) 1.5 5.69 #3 [13]
3 "Bitch" October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06) 1.5 5.04 #3 [14]
4 "Great Guy, Yet Dead" October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) 1.3 4.50 #3 [15]
5 "Regrets, I've Had a Few" October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27) 1.1 4.03 #3 [16]
6 "Shame" November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03) 1.2 4.51 #3 [17]
7 "Wednesday's Child" November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10) 1.3 4.86 #3 [18]
8 "Underwater" November 17, 2011 (2011-11-17) 1.1 4.39 #2 [19]
9 "Gone to Pieces" December 1, 2011 (2011-12-01) 1.3 4.69 #2 [20]
10 "A Gorgeous Mosaic" December 15, 2011 (2011-12-15) 0.9 3.70 #2 [21]
11 "The Great Wall of Silence" December 22, 2011 (2011-12-22) 1.0 4.44 #2 [22]
12 "Ain't No Sunshine" January 22, 2012 (2012-01-22) 0.8 4.31 #3 [23]
13 "Stuck in the Middle with You" January 22, 2012 (2012-01-22) 0.7 3.65 #3 [23]


The series premiere was viewed by 6.05 million viewers with a 1.8 rating in the 18–49 demographic.[24] The series has received generally positive reviews from critics and viewers. The series received 66/100 based upon 26 reviews on the website Metacritic indicating the series as generally favourable.[25] Most critics found Maria Bello's performance the strongest factor of the series praising her excellent and intriguing portrayal of Det. Jane Timoney. Mo Fathelbab of BuzzFocus said, "I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the American version of Prime Suspect is my favorite new hour-long show on network television. It may very well be the best new show premiering this fall. It’s a smart, un-condescending cop show that is anchored by a fantastic performance by Maria Bello".[26] Eric Blattberg said, "What makes Prime Suspect compelling enough to see where this show goes is its remarkable cast. This show is not actually bad at all; it's an enjoyable hour, but it's going to need a lot of work to avoid being lost in the shuffle amongst other established police shows. Not to mention the fact that it's up against Thursday heavyweights".[27]

On October 4, 2011, NBC announced that the show's first three episodes would be rerun on Monday nights for the month of October, following the cancellation of The Playboy Club.[28]

International distribution[edit]

Country Channel Premiere date
Australia Australia Nine Network 28 September 2011[29]
Canada Canada (English) Global TV 22 September 2011[30]
Canada Canada / Quebec Quebec (French) Séries+ (As Suspect No 1) May 29, 2012[31]
New Zealand New Zealand TV One Autumn 2011[32]
Italy Italy Fox Crime 17 May 2012[33]
 United Kingdom Universal Channel 18 June 2012[34]


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  20. ^ Seidman, Robert (December 2, 2011). "Thursday Final Ratings: No Adjustment for 'Community,' 'Bones' or Any Thursday Original". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  21. ^ Seidman, Robert (December 16, 2011). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The X Factor,' 'Prime Suspect' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  22. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 23, 2011). "Thursday Final Ratings: No Adults 18-49 Adjustments To 'The X Factor,' 'Who's Still Standing?' Or 'Prime Suspect'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
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  33. ^ "Prime Suspect". 2012-05-19. 
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