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Prime Suspect

10-11 p.m., Thursday, NBC

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Maria Bello | Maria Bello in Prime Suspect
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Maria Bello plays New York City cop Jane Timoney, a straight-talking homicide detective who must deal with hostility from both perps and her XY-chromosome- possessing colleagues while simultaneously trying to have a romantic life (and quit smoking). Prime Suspect is a reworking of the much-loved, Emmy-lauded, Helen Mirren-starring British TV show. The good news for fans of the original is that this adaptation is being shepherded by one of their own, executive producer and pilot writer Alexandra Cunningham. With Bello on board, Cunningham set about larding the cast with familiar faces such as Legends of the Fall star Aidan Quinn, Peter Gerety (Homicide, The Wire), Kirk Acevedo (Oz, Fringe), and Brían F. O’Byrne (Brotherhood, Mildred Pierce). This iteration of Suspect — which will face off against CBS’ hit The Mentalist — is more of an American-style procedural with Bello’s Jane will wrapping up her cases in a single episode. —Clark Collis

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