So long, Maria Bello: You were good while you lasted. Production on NBC’s Prime Suspect will shut down after the 13th episode, which is currently filming in New York. The network just announced its new midseason lineup and the cop drama is not on it.
Another remake, The Firm, will bow in its place.
The series, while appreciated by critics, was not embraced by viewers: The remake only averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers. Since NBC already canceled Playboy and Free Agents, NBC clearly wanted to keep its options open on Prime Suspect before deciding to yank another low-rated new show off its schedule. It tried running repeats of the show on other nights, but Bello and her cohorts just couldn’t scare up more viewers.
For now, NBC is not saying Prime Suspect is canceled, though cast members were reportedly told the show is history.