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Prime Suspect chopped

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by russ9, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Ira Lacher

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    Maybe because it had no pervasive story arc? Prime Suspect is more like the old pre-Dallas soap-opera shows that had each episode stand on its own and instead concentrated on telling a crisp story and developing the characters from week to week. Now, it seems, dramas have to be serials to keep viewers coming back--a gimmick that frequently disguises inferior writing, IMHO.
     
  2. Rich

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    Law&Order had no pervasive story arc and it stayed around for quite a while. Never ceases to amaze me how shows that I enjoy get cancelled.

    Rich
     
  3. trh

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    Certainly, once a network cancels a show, you can't watch it any future shows. But there will be at least 13 episodes of this show (NBC officially has said the show isn't canceled -- they are "weighing their options" what to do with the show).

    M*A*S*H was almost canceled after their first season. then they got slotted behind "All in the Family" during their second season; the rest is history.

    Chicago Code and Detroit 187 are two shows from last season that I really enjoyed -- even after I heard they were being canceled. Whether Prime Suspect gets picked up for future shows on NBC or another network doesn't matter to me. I'm enjoying the shows now.

    EDIT: Bottom line: The networks have proven time and time again, that they don't always make the right decisions.
     
  4. makaiguy

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    BINGO!
     
  5. Holydoc

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    Well I hope my only "claim to fame" is not just being able to astound Nick. :)

    Thanks for the clarification Trh. I completely agree that networks have proven many times that they do not always make the right decisions. I guess with the exception of comedies, my family is more into serialized dramas. We enjoy an over-arching storyline and love to watch the characters change and develop because of it. I guess that is why we love shows like Justified, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, etc. We enjoy following from a beginning to an end. Makes me miss Lost, 24, Battlestar Galactica, etc.

    Again thanks for being patient, and I understand what you are saying now. For those that like a story tied up within an hour, Prime Suspect had an entertaining (though short) run.

    For us serialized types (how did Nick say it?) with "astounding logic", it probably was not the type of story for us.
     
  6. yosoyellobo

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    We could hope it be pick up by TNT like Southland.
     
  7. trh

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    Just tell me that as a "serialized type", you're not anxiously awaiting "Dallas" next summer. :D
     
  8. Lord Vader

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    I am!!!
     
  9. gilviv

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    It sucks that it is cancelled on NBC.:nono2: It would probably do better at TNT, I think?
     
  10. Holydoc

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    Ouch! No, I think we will skip that one. LOL ;)
     
  11. TANK

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    The episodes were getting better.

    Too bad for Kenny Johnson he got blown up in SOA ( he was also blown up in the Shield ) and now his new show is cancelled.
     
  12. Drucifer

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    I liked those two too. Also The Cape.
     
  13. cj9788

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    I hope no one who reads this thread has not seen the recent episode of SOA cause that is quite the spoiler..

    Prime Suspect is a great show sorry to see it go. Most shows that tell a different story each week usually have a season finale that ends with a to be continued, I hope that is not the case with Prime Suspect.
     
  14. lwilli201

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    To bad you are going to delete without watching. It is a good show and each episode is pretty much stand alone so nothing is lost by watching this show even if cut short by NBC. It is almost like not watching a movie because it will not have a hundred sequels.
     
  15. TBoneit

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    I intend to keep watching this show too and I agree with the quotes above. I much prefer shows where each episode stands on its own.

    You just missed some good hour long stand on their own shows.
     
  16. spartanstew

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    As I said, too many other shows. I rarely start watching new shows until I know they've been picked up, then I watch them over the summer. I'm sure every show that gets cancelled is liked by someone and it's not about story arcs, it's about investing in the characters.


    But, even fewer shows now. I told my wife to go ahead and delete all of the shows, because it was cancelled and she deleted the season of Unforgettable instead.
     
  17. Castlebill

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    It's a good show - she's great.
     
  18. 50+

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    Really liked the show sorry to here about the cancellation.
    Bellow is great, hope she gets another show.
     
  19. TBoneit

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    Another good show.....

    I don't get the investing in the characters thing. I watch for the plot, not the characters. A Lot of the shows I watch and like I could not tell you who stars in them since I don't care I care about the story for that episode.

    They do have to fit the Story line of course if Big Bang Theory's girl across the hall had been played by Big Bertha I most likely would not be watching it.
    Unplug Kaley Cuoco and plug in some other good looking woman and it is still good.
     
  20. spartanstew

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    And I don't watch shows for the attractiveness of the cast.
     

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