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USA Network is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to scripted series development.

The cabler has given a cast-contingent pilot order to drama “Stanistan,” a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Project was developed at Fox earlier this year.

USA has also unveiled a slew of drama, comedy and limited-series development prospects from such producers as Jodie Foster (pictured), Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan, Amy Poehler and Gregory Nava. The development slate reinforces USA’s focus on broadening the scope of its original series, particularly dramas, beyond the blue-sky and action fare that has clicked for the NBCU cabler in the past.

“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re very much committed »


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