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"Prime Suspect" review by Suzanne
Airs Thursdays 10/9c on NBC

I recently saw the original UK "Prime Suspect", which is brilliant, so when watching the new U.S. version, I braced myself. I have to say that it's very different, but in a good way. It's good that they didn't just totally recreate the original because it was in 1991, and things have changed, and drama has changed. Also, British and American dramas are very different.

I enjoyed the Prime Suspect episodes I have watched so far. Mario Bello's Jane is not much like Helen Mirren's Jane, and that's a good thing, too. Both are tough, and clever, but that's about where the similarities end. In the U.S. version, Jane seems close to her father, and her boyfriend is kind of silly or weak-seeming to me. Actually, his role is the only one I don't like. I enjoy seeing the other characters that Jane has to work with. I think they are very well-definied (and unlike the original version, more multi-ethnic).

The only thing I think is silly is the names; they are very British and seem weird for American TV. Jane and Reg? Desmond? Come on....

It's a good show, and I know NBC is hoping it does well. They are really pushing it. I think it deserves a good shot. it's a very gritty, fairly realistic cop show.

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