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A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo's Little Engine Productions pitches the event series Saints & Strangers to networks this fall, it will have more to offer than producing services. Thanks to deals with Aver Media and Sony Pictures Television, the executive producers behind USA's Rush now also function as a studio to provide "gap" financing for straight-to-series projects, covering the difference between production costs and the network license fee. Read more Cable's New Business Model: Lower Ratings, Higher Revenue "Producers are
- Alex Ben Block
Check out the trailers for USA Networks’ new dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. We’ve previously seen promos for these, but USA has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation has concluded. Rush - From Fox 21 and writer/director Jonathan Levine, along with Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo and executive producer Adam Fierro. Complications - From Fox TV Studios. Written and executive produced by Matt Nix. Satisfaction - From Universal Cable Prods and executive producer/creator Sean Jablonski. Russ Krasnoff also executive produces. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
USA Network has released trailers and descriptions for its new shows “Rush,” about a renegade physician who caters to Los Angeles high rollers, “Complications, Complications,” about a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who gets involved with a drive-by shooting, and marriage drama, “Satisfaction”:
“Rush”: “Rush”examines the world of renegade physician Dr. William Rush (Tom Ellis, “Miranda”), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to La’s elite and whose service comes with a hefty price tag. Though the hard-partying doctor claims that he doesn’t make judgments about his less-than-squeaky-clean clients, he’s not immune to the ugliness that he encounters. From Fox21 and writer/director Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”), along with Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo (“Missing,” “13 Going on 30”) and executive producer Adam Fierro (“The Shield”), the series is set to film in Vancouver, Canada.
- Whitney Friedlander
USA, one of the networks as the forefront of scripted summer drama over the years, will premiere two series and bring back four other dramas during the warm-weather months this year, it announced today.
In a bit of a surprise, the two newbies, renegade-doctor drama “Rush” and marriage drama “Satisfaction,” will premiere back-to-back from 9 to 11 p.m., without support from an existing series, on Thursday July 17.
It hails from Fox21 and writer/director Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”), along with Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo (“Missing,” “13 Going on 30”) and executive producer Adam Fierro (“The Shield”). “Rush” films in Vancouver.
“Satisfaction,” which will film in Atlanta, explores modern marriage at its midpoint. It stars Matt Passmore, Stephanie Szostak, Michelle DeShon, Katherine Lanasa and Blair Redford (“Switched at Birth »
- Rick Kissell
USA Network‘s new medical drama series Rush, from writer-director Jonathan Levine and Fox 21, stars Tom Ellis as Dr. William Rush, who is not your average on-call doctor. He’s not attached to any hospital, he’s highly discreet no matter what the ailment — as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium — and he can party with the best of them. Little Engine’s Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo executive produce with Levine. Check out the promo: »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Former Shield executive producer Adam Fierro has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner of USA Network‘s newly picked up drama series Rush, written, directed and executive produced by Jonathan Levine. The project, from Fox 21, centers on Dr. William Rush (Tom Ellis), who is not your average on-call doctor: He’s not attached to any hospital, he’s highly discreet no matter what the ailment — as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium — and the doctor can party with the best of them. Little Engine’s Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo also executive produce. This marks the first showrunner stint for 24 alum Fierro, repped by ICM Partners and attorney David Fox, who recently worked on Dexter and The Walking Dead. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The 10-episode pickups come on the heels of USA’s order last month for an untitled drama from writer Sean Jablonski to star Matt Passmore. USA will have a roster of 12 new and returning original returning series on its air this year. The drama boom is complemented by the cabler’s dive into original comedies.
“We are excited to usher in the next generation of USA dramas, alongside our signature returning originals that continue to attract a large and loyal fan base,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “This year USA will be showcasing more hours of original programming than ever before, including an unprecedented six new series and six returning shows.”
- Cynthia Littleton
7 items from 2014
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