Monday, January 11, 2010

NBC Orders Pilots for Remakes of The Rockford Files and Prime Suspect

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Last summer we noted that NBC was interested in a remake of its classic '70s series The Rockford Files. And last September it was reported that the network was also considering an update of Lynda La Plante's series Prime Suspect. Now The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that NBC has officially ordered pilots for both these series as well as four other dramas (not crime dramas, though one, The Event, is described as a conspiracy thriller of some sort).

It's hard to envision any studio improving on either of these original series, unless they are completely reimagined and not merely remakes or updates. Still, there is good news for fans of the originals. According to THR, NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad said that, overall, the network would launch only 3 to 4 new series next season, which implies one or both may not make it past the pilot stage.

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