NBC shelves 'Prime Suspect' remake

Network postpones production because of casting difficulties

NBC's "Prime Suspect" remake is being pushed.

The network on Wednesday decided to postpone production on the pilot because of difficulties casting the lead.

The project, based on the award-winning BBC series, was written by "Without a Trace" creator Hank Steinberg. It follows a fearless female detective as she investigates complex mysteries in a politically loaded big city.

"Prime Suspect" hinges on the main character, played brilliantly by Helen Mirren in the original series.

After a long search, NBC execs felt they couldn't find the right actress for the role and opted to shelve the project until June.

This is the second pilot this season to be pushed because of casting reasons, following the ABC comedy "Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid."