'Prime Suspect' format headed to NBC
'Without a Trace' creator to adapt U.K series for U.S. TV
By Nellie Andreeva
Sept 2, 2009, 07:00 PM ET
NBC has acquired the format to the popular U.K. series, which will be adapted by "Without a Trace" creator Hank Steinberg.
"Suspect," which will be developed as a two-hour presentation, will be co-produced by ITV Studios and Universal Media Studios.
It is part of a three-project deal between NBC and ITV Studios, which also includes two blind pilot commitments: one on the scripted and one on the unscripted side.
"We want to carefully choose a couple of iconic titles this year to reinvent, and our intention is to create another classic television show from this brilliant original format," NBC and UMS' president of primetime entertainment Angela Bromstad said of "Suspect." "Hank Steinberg was key in helping us secure this project, and we are incredibly excited about his modern vision for the show."
Created by Lynda La Plante, "Prime Suspect" stars Helen Mirren as no-nonsense detective chief inspector Jane Tennison, surviving and thriving in a male-dominated profession.
The series has garnered more than 20 international awards, including Emmys for outstanding miniseries and best lead actress in a movie or miniseries for Mirren.
Steinberg is writing the project as part of his three-year overall deal with NBC Universal.
Steinberg, who also co-created ABC's drama "The Nine" and penned the HBO movie "61*," is repped by WME, 3 Arts and attorney Michael Gendler.