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NBC Orders Pilots for 'Prime Suspect,' 'The Crossing'

NBC has picked up two more pilots, including an adaptation of the British miniseries Prime Suspect.

Written by Alexandra Cunningham, Prime Suspect centers on an iconoclastic female detective who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct that is dominated by men. Cunningham executive produces with Sarah Aubrey and Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), who will also direct. ITV and Universal Media Studios are backing the drama.

The pilot's success (and series, should it go so far) will rest on casting. It has been reported that Julianne Moore turned down the role last year, causing NBC to shelve the project. Moore, who starred in the critical faves A Single Man and The Kids Are All Right, recurred on the network's 30 Rock.

UMS' The Crossing (formerly known as Reconstruction), from writer Josh Brand and director Peter Horton, is about a Civil War soldier, who crosses the country after the aftermath of a difficult war, and settles into a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior, whether he likes it or not. Horton and Brand will exec produce.