A year after popping up in the CBS series Intelligence and five years after Lost ended its lengthy run, Josh Holloway is returning to television. We’ve known for a while that Holloway signed on with USA for his next project. On Tuesday, USA Network announced that the new drama, Colony, is officially moving forward to series, which means we will be getting more Josh Holloway, soon.
Since we’re speaking of Lost connections, it’s also worth noting that Colony comes from Carlton Cuse, the creative mind behind Lost. He and Hercules writer Ryan Condal are developing the drama, about a family living in the “near future” who are “torn by opposing forces.” The setting is a dramatic one, with a family fighting for survival in a Los Angeles landscape that is very different than the Los Angeles we think of today. Instead of Hollywood, there’s an occupied area hoping to keep out intruders. It sounds stark and dangerous, and it’s no surprise that Colony has landed some big names.
Along with Josh Holloway, Colony has also signed on The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies. The Secret In their Eyes and Halt and Catch Fire director Juan José Campanella is directing and executive producing the pilot, which was ordered about 6 months ago. Now the show is moving forward to series, we also know 10 episodes will be produced. Colony is expected to hit the schedule later in 2015.
Colony, with its futuristic setting and harrowing storyline, seems a bit at odds with the type of programming USA has put out for consumption in the past. In recent months, however, USA has been purging some of its old shows to make room for new programming. The network seems to want to want to overhaul its image a bit, which is why shows like Benched and Covert Affairs have been cancelled. Additionally, White Collar also recently ended its run.
Along with Colony, USA has picked up Mr. Robot, a new hacker drama starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek. Event series Dig starring Jason Isaacs also will hit the schedule on March 5 at 10 p.m. ET. A third drama, Complications, starring Burn Notice actor Matt Nix, has also been picked up.
It’s obviously difficult to tell whether Colony will end up being a winner, but hopefully we’ll get a trailer sooner rather than later. At the very least, between Lost and Bates Motel, Cuse has had a pretty good track record on TV recently, and we can’t wait to see what he does with another series with Josh Holloway in the lead.