Prime Suspect Reboot Finds Its Own Footing, Pulls Back on Sexism

It's hard to imagine that a female TV detective in 2011 would face sexism — Mariska Hargitay's Det. Benson seems to be doing just fine on SVU — but NBC's reboot of the BBC's Prime Suspect will still show Maria Bello's Det. Jane Timoney taking some harsh criticism from her male peers.

The original series, which ran sporadically between 1991 and 2006, starred Oscar winner Helen Mirren as a female detective thriving in the world of male policemen in England. Producers say the sexism won't come off as strongly in the reboot. "Obviously it's 2011," executive producer Alexandra Cunningham said at NBC's fall TV previews on Monday. "There's no institutionalized sexism. There's human resources; women have recourse at work when things happen, but when you make those choices, you do become the person who made those choices. So Maria's character is someone who's just going to buckle down and do her job and ignore those kind of things. Read More...


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