'Prime Suspect' format headed to NBC

5:00 PM PST 09/02/2009 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

'Without a Trace' creator to adapt U.K. series for U.S. TV

ITV's "Prime Suspect" is coming to NBC.

NBC has handed a pilot commitment to an U.S. take on the acclaimed U.K. series, which will be written by "Without a Trace" creator Hank Steinberg.

"Prime," which will be developed as a two-hour presentation, will be co-produced by ITV Studios and Universal Media Studios.

It is part of a two-year three-project deal between NBC and ITV Studios, the company behind such reality series as Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," which also includes two blind pilot commitments -- one scripted and one unscripted.

"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," said Angela Bromstad, NBC and UMS' president of primetime entertainment.

She noted Steinberg's "key" role in securing the "Prime" format and praised "his modern vision for the show."

Created by Lynda La Plante, "Prime" featured Helen Mirren in a star-making turn as no-nonsense Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison.

The series, which ended its five-year run in 2006, garnered more than 20 international awards, including Emmys for best miniseries and best lead actress in a movie or miniseries for Mirren. In the U.S., "Prime" aired on PBS.

At NBC, "Prime" is one of two classic drama formats being remade this development season, along with "The Rockford Files," which is shepherded by "House" creator David Shore.

Steinberg, who also co-created ABC's drama "The Nine" and penned the HBO movie "61*," is writing the project as part of his three-year overall deal with UMS. He is repped by WME, 3 Arts and attorney Michael Gendler.

The ITV/NBC deal was brokered by ICM's Greg Lipstone.
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