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Sarah Shahi lands USA's 'Kate' pilot

21 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sarah Shahi has landed the lead in USA Network's pilot "Facing Kate," lifting the contingency off the project.

The pilot, produced by Universal Cable Prods., centers on Kate (Shahi), a divorced San Francisco woman who leaves her job as a lawyer to become a mediator.

Michael Sardo wrote the script for "Facing Kate" and is executive producing the pilot with Steve Stark.

Shahi most recently played the female lead opposite Damian Lewis on NBC's cop drama "Life." Her series credits also include Showtime's "The L Word," ABC's "Alias" and the NBC comedy series "Teachers."

Shahi is repped by CAA and McKeon-Myones.

With its firm production order, "Kate" joins another female-centered pilot that USA recently picked up, "Covert Affairs" starring Piper Perabo. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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USA orders 'Facing Kate' pilot

30 September 2009 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

After building successful crime and medical franchises with "Monk," "Psych," "In Plain Sight" and "Royal Pains," USA Network is looking to mine the third classic TV drama genre -- legal -- with "Facing Kate."

The cable network has handed a cast-contingent pilot order to the project, from creator Michael Sardo and executive producer Steve Stark.

The show, produced by Universal Cable Prods., centers on Kate, a divorced lawyer who leaves her job to become a mediator.

"She realized that truth and justice are not always being found in the court room," Sardo said. "As a mediator, you lose a lot of constraints of the law; you're a referee in a room with no rules."

Sardo brought the idea to Stark, with whom he worked years ago on the NBC/Paramount comedy "Wings"; Sardo was a producer and Stark an executive on that '90s NBC series.

Stark had been looking »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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USA Network Unveils Its 2010 Development Slate

5 August 2009 7:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Today USA Network made its 2010 development slate of original branded content available. Some of the creative minds behind the shows are Stephen J. Cannell, Mike Newell, Tom Fontana and Steve Stark. Announcing the slate was president of USA original programming & co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions, Jeff Wachtel.

Here is a list of USA Network's upcoming shows:

Facing Kate

A new spin on a legal franchise featuring a mediator from a family of corporate lawyers. From Universal Cable Productions. Executive producer and writer is Michael Sardo (Caroline in the City). Steve Stark (Mediu) is executive producer.

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Sibling rivalry is taken to new heights when an estranged brother and sister are paired up as cops in their small hometown. From Universal Cable Productions. Writer is John Quaintance (Joey).

Busy Bodies

A soccer mom teams up with a gay stay-at-home dad to solve mysteries in the suburbs. »

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Bryan Singer to produce Syfy miniseries

5 August 2009 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

USA Network is looking to extend its winning streak in original series with a development slate that includes projects from Stephen J. Cannell, Mike Newell and Tom Fontana, while fellow NBC Universal cable net Syfy is reteaming with director Bryan Singer for a six-hour limited series.

The announcements were made Wednesday during NBC Universal's portion of the summer TCA press tour.

The Syfy project has Singer, who first collaborated with the network on the 2005 miniseries "The Triangle," working on a new project in the vein of "The Da Vinci Code" and "National Treasure."

The series from Industry Entertainment is described as an action-adventure about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world. Singer is producing with Andrew Deane and Keith Addis.

"Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure, »

- By James Hibberd

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