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Bello's 'Suspect' gets knocked out of prime time in January

Looks as if Norristown's Maria Bello might not go the distance on NBC.

Bello's 'Suspect' gets knocked out of prime time in January

Maria Bello stars in NBC’s "Prime Suspect."
Maria Bello stars in NBC’s "Prime Suspect." Neil Jacobs/NBC

Looks as if Norristown's Maria Bello might not go the distance on NBC.

NBC's unveiled a midseason schedule that doesn't include "Prime Suspect" or "Community," two of the most ratings-challenged series on that ratings-challenged  network.

Starting in January -- after a two-hour Sunday premiere on Jan. 8 -- 10 p.m. Thursdays belongs to "The Firm," a drama about the central character from the John Grisham blockbuster, but set 10 years later.

The news isn't all bad for locally connected actresses:

 -- Returning to NBC starting Jan. 12: Upper Darby's Tina Fey, whose "30 Rock" will be back, kicking off primetime at 8 p.m.

-- "Whitney," the sitcom starring Penn grad Whitney Cummings, has already been picked up for the rest of the season and moves to 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Jan. 11.

And while I'd like to blame "Whitney" for being the worst lead-in possible for "Prime Suspect" -- a show that's gotten better every week -- it's hard to argue that NBC hasn't given the show as much of a chance as it could, having tried it out across its schedule, without much luck.

The show's not officially canceled: The L.A. Times Show Tracker blog reports that "an insider" said the network was "considering its options."

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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