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With the pilot season almost upon us, USA Network, celebrating the fifth year of their “Characters Welcome” motto, has announced the development of seven new pilot scripts. Unfortunately, the majority of the pilots do little to differentiate themselves from the typical “big man helps out small man” scenarios that Burn Notice and White Collar have become known for.
One has to wonder, with USA ordering these pilots, whether the cable network is looking to expand the imaginative original programming that viewers continue to tune in for, or simply replicate current series that have already proven to be hits.
Ultimately, USA settled on a couple of FBI-centric series, a lawyer drama “with a twist,” a modern day take on Robin Hood, an angry NHL player with a heart, a mom turned mob “fixer” and a Steve Carell-produced insurance adjuster comedy. But which – if any – of those shows will make it to air? »
- Anthony Ocasio
A Legal Mind: One of Manhattan's top corporate lawyers goes on a recruiting trip and hires the only guy that impresses him, a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout. This early twenty something has barely coasted through life on his natural intelligence and copious amounts of marijuana. Now, as he impersonates a bright young professional, he might even become a real adult. from writer Aaron KorshThe Deep End). David Bartis and Gene Klein exec produce. From Universal Cable Productions.
After her financier father's fraudulent dealings are exposed, a young woman realizes she's done nothing substantial with her own life. Initially attempting to be a do-gooder, she finds it much more satisfying (and effective) to rip off the decadent upper class. Rather than keep the proceeds for herself, »
USA is gearing up for its biggest summer yet, with five original series set to premiere in June and July. On Monday April 5, the network announced its development slate which includes a project executive produced by Steve Carell.
The show, which is as of yet untitled, teams up Carell and John Michael Higgins behind-the-scenes for a show "about a middle-class insurance investigator who finds high-stakes drama on dull jobs," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In new series "A Legal Mind," a college drop-out with an affinity for marijuana teams up with a heavy-hitter lawyer. "Stick" is about a former hockey player who now devotes his time to charitable endeavors.
The network has also ordered two FBI projects. »
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USA, hot off its 15th-consecutive quarterly win, has become basic cable's number-one network -- and it's not about to rest on its laurels.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network is getting ready to launch seven new shows, and for them, it's all about quality programming. "These new projects all combine strong characters and superior storytelling, offering viewers the kind of exceptionally written, aspirational originals they won't find anywhere else," said President of Original Programming Jeff Wachtel in a statement.
So what does it have in the hopper? First up is 'Robyn,' a modern-day Robin Hood with a bit of a twist: This time, it'll be a woman stealing from the rich to give to the poor in this update from Becky Hartman Edwards ('Parenthood').
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- Audrey Fine
USA is developing a series about a modern-day Robin Hood in addition to its usual crop of crime procedurals and legal dramas.
"With the proven power of the 'Characters Welcome' brand guiding our development, USA has produced a stunning track record of No. 1 new original series for four consecutive years, and has grown the network into a trusted destination for quality programming," said Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming at USA. "These new projects all combine strong characters and superior storytelling, offering viewers the kind of exceptionally written, aspirational originals they won't find anywhere else."
In "Robyn," an updated gender-twist on "Robin Hood," a young woman who decides she has done nothing with her life commits to rob from the upper class and giving to the poor. »
- By James Hibberd
5 items from 2010
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