Today has that eerie quiet that often precedes late Friday cancellation announcements when nobody is around to read them. As I write this it’s still early in the day and I never expect those kind of announcements before 6pm ET.
Bill posed the question in this week’s Renew/Cancel Index for NBC that “With ‘Prime Suspect” Certain to be Canceled, How “Patient” Will NBC’s Bob Greenblatt Be?”
That question riffs on an earlier PR puff piece where the new NBC chief said he would be "patient" with ratings losers Free Agents and The Playboy Club. That "patience" lasted less than a week. But when it comes to Prime Suspect the early indications (at least before 6pm ET) are NBC is showing at least a little more patience.
In a schedule updates announcement NBC noted it was swapping out next week’s episode of Prime Suspect with an episode called “Wednesday’s Child,” which from what I can tell wasn’t one of the next two episodes (at least in order of production). Originally an episode titled
“Shame” was schedule for next Thursday (11/10 (correction: "Shame" aired last night and my DVR's program listings are still showing a repeat for next week) and an episode titled “Underwater” slated for November 17. It looks like the schedule change is to replace a repeat and I cop to not previously being aware that NBC had scheduled a repeat next week.
With episode titles like Shame & Underwater seeming particularly prescient in terms of the actual ratings, should we wonder whether NBC plans on trying Prime Suspect on Wednesdays first due to an episode titled “Wednesday’s Child”?
Here's the blurb from NBC on the description of the episode that will now air on Thursday 11/10:
(X) "WEDNESDAY'S CHILD"
11/10/2011 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : JANE IS ON THE CASE OF YOUNG BOY FOUND DEAD AT PRESCHOOL- When a young boy is found dead at an upscale preschool, Jane (Maria Bello) and Calderon (Kirk Acevedo) work to find out if it was an accident or homicide. Rivera (Elizabeth Rodriguez) calls on Duffy (Brían F. O'Byrne) to keep her company while working a robbery case. Meanwhile, Jane uses a personal experience from her past to solve the crime. Aidan Quinn, Tim Griffin, Damon Gupton and Peter Gerety also star.