Deal first output from partnership with ITV
NBC is developing a new take on the groundbreaking U.K. drama series “Prime Suspect.”
Hank Steinberg (“Without a Trace”) is onboard to develop and write the pilot, which the Peacock will shoot as a two-hour presentation.
Project is the first output from a multiproject pact sealed by NBC and ITV Studios. Deal includes two more pilot commitments over the next two years for ITV fare at NBC — including one blind scripted project and one blind nonscripted project.
Partnership was sealed by NBC Primetime Entertainment prexy Angela Bromstad, ITV Global Content managing director Lee Bartlett and U.S.-based ITV Studios CEO Paul Buccieri.
“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,” Bromstad said. “Hank Steinberg was key in helping us secure this project, and we are incredibly excited about this modern vision for the show.”
Deal reps the latest partnership between ITV and NBC. In a reverse of this pact, ITV earlier signed on to produce and air a U.K. version of the long-running Peacock procedural “Law and Order.”
“Prime Suspect” starred Helen Mirren as Det. Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, a tough homicide investigator who found herself juggling her difficult job and equally harrowing personal life.
Lynda La Plante created the drama series, which aired in seven parts between 1991 and 2006, and made waves for featuring a woman as head of a murder squad.
“Prime Suspect” also scored big with critics, who applauded its realistic take on the internal workings of a police unit. The original “Prime Suspect” was a co-production of ITV’s Granada and Boston pubcaster WGBH.
In the U.S., “Prime Suspect” first bowed in 1992 as part of the “Mystery” series. Mirren starred in five editions of “Prime Suspect” between 1991 and 1997, before taking a break — and returning with two more editions, in 2003 and 2006.
“Prime Suspect” made Mirren a household name in the U.S. and earned her two Emmys for lead actress in a miniseries or movie. The second, third and fifth “Prime Suspect” installments also won the Emmy for miniseries.
Steinberg is in the midst of a three-year deal at Universal. Besides creating CBS’ “Without a Trace,” he also co-created “The Nine,” wrote the FX telepic “RFK” and earned an Emmy nom for the HBO telepic “61*.”
For ITV, the arrangement reps a major leap back into the U.S. scripted game. As Granada America, the shingle adapted several hit U.K. series for U.S. nets in the 1990s, including “Cracker” and “Cold Feet,” but more recently, it has focused on reality TV — producing shows such as “Hell’s Kitchen” for Fox and “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” this summer for NBC.
ITV’s Bartlett said the company shared NBC’s “passion and excitement for developing ‘Prime Suspect’ for American television.”