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Between A&E's Bates Motel and FX's new drama The Strain, Carl Cuse's influence is all over basic cable these days, and that may be expanding even further as USA has announced plans to move forward with a drama pilot by Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal called Colony.
Sex, love and money. It isn’t just a song by Mos Def; it’s the trifecta for a supposed happy life. With its newest drama Satisfaction, USA peels the protective layer off of that trio and tries to expose something about humanity that doesn’t always get conveyed properly in this modern era of “ME!”
If there’s one network that television series execs should feel comfortable about joining, it’s USA, a channel that doesn’t seem capable of canceling any show during its prime. The latest series lucky enough to get an extension is the public service comedy Sirens, which has officially flipped its lights on for a Season 2 return in 2015.
Suits has never been afraid to be a little over-the-top, and with the drama hitting USA’s schedule for a fourth season this Wednesday, we expect the series to offer some more thrilling curveballs, especially considering the myriad of ways Season 3 panned out for the show’s various characters.
The description for USA's Complications starts out sounding like a USA series. Well, the part about the suburban ER doctor does. But nothing else about the intense looking drama seems to fit the USA mold, which generally mixes a colorful backdrop with quirky characters and unusual situations.
Dr. William Rush is among the newest characters arriving at USA this summer. Tom Ellis plays the title role in Jonathan Levine's drama about a "medical fixer" who takes care of the medical needs of Los Angeles' elite. Of course, Rush's services don't come cheap, but no one said quality and discretion does. The new trailer shows Ellis ushering an inebriated woman toward the emergency room, and later preparing to assist a man who broke his something.
Summer's a big season for USA and this one is no exception. In addition to scheduling the return dates for Royal Pains, Suits and Graceland, the cable network has released two trailers and premiere dates for their newest hour-longs, Rush and Satisfaction, both of which are slated to debut Thursday, July 17. Watch the trailer for Rush above!
There's bad news if you're a Psych fan. USA dropped the word today that the series' remaining episodes will be the show's last. Following a feature-length musical episode that aired late last year, the series debuted its eighth season last month and it's been confirmed that Season 8 will be the last. But all hope isn't entirely lost!
When Happy Endings was officially cancelled by ABC, the show’s small but avid fanbase went through a rollercoaster of emotions. There was hope that the show might move forward on another network, but once those hopes were quashed, it was time for the cast to shop around for new projects. We’re pleased as punch to let you know that Eliza Coupe will be returning to television as a lead in a brand new comedy picked up by USA Network. It’s called Benched, and it sounds like the perfect project for the actress.
USA is lining up their winter premieres and returns, and that includes start dates for the return of Suits, White Collar and Psych, as well as the debut of their new half-hour comedy from Denis Leary, Sirens. Suits will return Thursday, March 6 at 9/8c, after which Sirens will premiere at 10/9c. As for Psych, the beloved series will be back for its eighth season on Wednesday, January 8 at 9/8c.
When it comes to any TV series, casting is crucial, but that seems even more relevant when it comes to USA series, as their emphasis on characters relies partially on great writing and partially on the right lead characters. In the case of the USA pilot Rush, the “great writing” checkbox has already been checked with Jonathan Levine on board to write and direct the project. And now it seems they’ve found their lead in Wales-born actor Tom Ellis.
Suits wrapped up the first half of its third season last month, and to tide fans over before Season 3 returns, USA has decided to go ahead and renew the lawyer drama for a fourth season. Additionally, the network announced its plans to finish airing the second part of Season three.
USA offers a pretty heavily drama-oriented lineup, and even though the network has been busy hoping to push more comedies, drama is still a priority for the cable channel. On Tuesday, the network announced it had picked up a new project to pilot led by former Suits showrunner Sean Jablonski, which tells me nothing except that the new program’s characters will likely indulge in modern, sexy clothing.
As summer begins to wind down, USA is gearing up for the start of the fall season, which for the cable channel marks the return of Covert Affairs and White Collar, the debut of the Holiday season reality series It Takes a Choir, and the arrival of the Pritchett and Dunphy families as Modern Family will settle into syndication at USA come late September. NCIS: Los Angeles is another acquisition set to start airing on USA this fall.
In this day and age, cancellation for a TV series might not mean "gone forever." In some cases a series will get dropped by a network but picked up over at cable. See Cougar Town and Southland for examples of that. And on occasion, a series will get cancelled and then un-cancelled by its own network. Drop Dead Diva is a recent example of that occurring.