**** Prime Suspect can be watched on NBC WCMH Channel 4 for Time Warner and Insight Communications customers . For HD channel versions, check your local cable or satellite provider for more information. ***
Thank god for The Playboy Club being canceled. And I say that with respect to the cast and crew, but you’re going, why say that when this is saying it’s about Prime Suspect, the new show starring Maria Bello as Detective Jane Timoney? Well, apparently you guys in the audience agreed with me about The Playboy Club meaning it was one of the first casualties of the new television season. While this is sad for those The Playboy Club seemed to enthrall, for those of us on Thursday Nights with way too many television shows on that we can’t all tape or DVR, the loss for those fans has been a gain, as NBC has been playing repeats of Prime Suspect in The Playboy Club’s old time slot, so for the past few weeks, I’ve been playing catch up, and with baseball helping clear some time off the network’s visage of new episodes, I’m here to lay down the law of the land. And then for those who REALLY missed out, this week has been Prime Suspect week on NBC, promising anyone who missed the show to catch up until Thursday Night’s new episode. So… now it remains, since the pilot, how is NBC’s show Prime Suspects ?
Yeah, I’ll say it again. In terms of dramas this year, especially procedurals, I am literally blown away by two shows: CBS’s A Gifted Man and NBC’s Prime Suspect. Previously I was taken back from the show, surprised on how compelling it was, and my diagnosis remains the same. What is brilliant is that the show makes no qualms about it’s characters. They are all very much human. Most of the cops, her partners think very little of Jane as a person, but do respect her on some level as a cop. And like a normal human being, your mood and mileage of opinions on Jane varies. And that is what the great thing is that the show walks a fine tightrope. Crude, rude, touching, cruel, this is Jane’s environment at work, and at home, and it follows her anywhere she goes, just like the real world can be. While the drama in terms of policing is obviously done for dramatic effect and not as real, the show’s human nature shines through and gives the real sense that the show is firing on all cylinders with such a rich and textured character drama.
After just a few episodes, Primse Suspect reminds me that there is another new drama that is part of my ‘Must See TV’ list.
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