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Fairly Legal's Peter Ocko Making Comedy Pilot For USA
If all goes well for USA in the coming years, the cable channel may be as well associated with great original comedies as they are with fun original dramas. That seems to be the plan for USA, as they've recently ordered two comedy series, and they just gave the greenlight to a half-hour comedy pilot from Fairly Legal executive producer Peter Ocko, titled Divide & Conquer. This one may be particularly fitting, given USA's plans to air Modern Family later this year, as Divide & Conquer also happens to have a focus on family.
Gale Anne Hurd's Horizon Drama To Start Production For USA, New Drama Slate Announced
In addition to the news that USA had greenlit two new comedy series and put one pilot into development, the cable channel announced that they're developing a number of new dramas, which could eventually join the likes of White Collar, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, Necessary Roughness and newcomer Graceland at the network.
Playing House And Denis Leary's Sirens Comedy Get Series Orders At USA
USA's known to incorporate humor in many of their drama series, but until now, the network's focus among its original programming has been on dramas. We knew that USA had its eye on some comedy projects and today the cable channel announced that they've greenlit their first-ever original half-hour comedies. Denis Leary and Bob Fisher's Sirens received a series order, as did Playing House from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair.
Community's Danny Pudi And Grimm's Claire Coffee To Guest Star In Royal Pains Season 5
Among the series slated to return at USA this summer is Royal Pains, which debuts its fifth season in June. It appears the drama, which centers on a doctor who treats wealthy clientele out in the Hamptons during the summer, has tapped into NBC's pool of talented actors for its guest stars, as Community's Danny Pudi and Grimm's Claire Coffee are both set to appear in the series in Season 5.
Jeff Eastin's New USA Series Graceland Pilot Sneak Preview Is Coming Soon To On Demand
Those eager to get a look at USA's upcoming new summer series Graceland will have the opportunity to glimpse the series premiere ahead of its June 6 debut. USA announced today that they'll be making the full pilot episode of Jeff Eastin's exciting-looking drama available on most of the major cable carriers' on demand services for a limited time, starting later this month.
Will USA Save Happy Endings?
The move to Tuesday nights definitely didn't help Happy Endings in the ratings. Then again, for an ABC series, a move away from the choice post-Modern Family spot would probably always be a bad thing, given the high ratings of the family-focused comedy. For Happy Endings that move caused the show's numbers to suffer, and the shift to Fridays only made the matter worse. While Happy Endings hasn't been officially cancelled, those of us who appreciate the friends-centered comedy are bracing ourselves for the worst. But there may be hope on the horizon.
USA Expands Its Unscripted Slate With Partners In Crime, The Cowboy Way And All In
USA is looking to step up their presence in the unscripted original programming arena. They’ve ordered one to series, the legal docu-drama Partners in Crime, given a pilot order to the gambling centered All In, and put a third project about cattle ranchers called The Cowboy Way in development.
Kyle Howard And Joel David Moore Cast In USA's Paging Dr. Freed
USA Network has cast the two male leads for its comedy pilot Paging Dr. Freed. The casting will lift the contingency so the pilot can go forward. The two actors will play brothers who are gynecologists and inherit a medical practice from their recently departed father. An all-in-the-family gynecology practice. Interesting.
USA Bringing British Series The Choir To America
Another British format is making the jump over the U.S. television. This time it’s USA Network picking up an American version of the U.K. hit The Choir. This latest entry into the over-saturated singing competition market features choirmaster Gareth Malone, who seeks out and unites American singers “through the power of music”.
Patton Oswalt And Sonja Sohn To Guest On Burn Notice
Burn Notice is adding some new guest stars to add fuel to the fire this season. Coming on board for a two-episode appearance is comedian Patton Oswalt, who will play a smuggler whose assistance comes at a high price. Also tapped for a guest appearance this season is The Wire’s Sonja Sohn, who will be on the other side of the law in a recurring role.
Political Animals Full Premiere Episode: Watch The Start Of USA's New Series Here
After spending a good portion of last week and the full weekend in San Diego for Comic Con, I'm still playing DVR catch-up as I adjust to being back on Eastern Standard (and non-SDCC-rush-around) time. Sunday night marked the return of Breaking Bad for AMC, and over on USA, their new limited series Political Animals made its grand debut. If you missed the premiere episode of the political drama, you can watch it in its entirety here.
Psych Comic-Con 2012 Live Blog: Season 7 Details, The Musical Episode, Jeffrey Tambor Guest Appearance
Psych is representing USA's original programming at Comic Con in San Diego this year, and we're here in Ballroom 20 to live blog the panel, which is set to feature stars James Roday (Shawn Spencer), Dulé Hill (Burton "Gus" Guster), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O'Hara),Tim Omundson (Carlton Lassiter), Kirsten Nelson (Chief Karen Vick), and Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer). Also expected to join the panel are Psych creator Steve Franks and executive producer Kelly Kulchak.
USA Greenlights Graceland, Drama Series From White Collar Creator Jeff Eastin
The Matt Bomer-starring White Collar is headed into its fourth season later this month at USA, and now it looks like the cable network is prepared to move forward with another Jeff Eastin creation. And it just so happens that this one also has something to do with law enforcement. In fact, it has a lot to do with law enforcement.
Political Animals Preview: A Look At The Cast Of USA's Upcoming Political Drama
Among the summer offerings on television this July is the start of USA's promising-looking six-part limited series Political Animals. From producers Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark, the series stars Sigourney Weaver as a former first lady (and current Secretary of State) who just might have her sights set on getting back into the White House. That topic is among the those discussed in the latest promo USA has released for the series.
USA's Psych Set For A Panel At SDCC
While in previous years, USA has showcased a number of their popular original series at SDCC, it looks like the cable network is keeping it simple this year, with just one show set to be featured in a panel at the San Diego-set convention. There's good news for Psych fans set to attend Comic Con this year. The series, which will head into its seventh season this fall, will once again have a panel at SDCC.