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Prime Suspect chopped

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

  1. Ira Lacher

    Ira Lacher Icon

    Apr 24, 2002
    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

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    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.

  3. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    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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    Sep 24, 2007
    Aiken, SC
  5. Holydoc

    Holydoc Legend

    Feb 17, 2008
    Panhandle, FL
    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

    yosoyellobo Icon

    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    We could hope it be pick up by TNT like Southland.
  7. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Just tell me that as a "serialized type", you're not anxiously awaiting "Dallas" next summer. :D
  8. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    I am!!!
  9. gilviv

    gilviv Godfather

    Sep 18, 2007
    Miami, FL. USA
    It sucks that it is cancelled on NBC.:nono2: It would probably do better at TNT, I think?
  10. Holydoc

    Holydoc Legend

    Feb 17, 2008
    Panhandle, FL
    Ouch! No, I think we will skip that one. LOL ;)
  11. TANK

    TANK Icon DBSTalk Club

    Feb 16, 2003
    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

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    I liked those two too. Also The Cape.
  13. cj9788

    cj9788 Hall Of Fame

    May 14, 2003

    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

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    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

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    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

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    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

    Castlebill Legend

    Jul 25, 2006
    It's a good show - she's great.
  18. 50+

    50+ Legend

    May 1, 2008
    Really liked the show sorry to here about the cancellation.
    Bellow is great, hope she gets another show.
  19. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    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

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    And I don't watch shows for the attractiveness of the cast.

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