USA NETWORK GREENLIGHTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES
Series stars Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams and Baron Vaughn
A First-Ever Universal Cable Productions and Universal Networks International Co-Production
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 15, 2010 – USA Network has announced today the pickup of its newest original series FACING KATE starring Sarah Shahi (“Life,” “The L Word”), Michael Trucco (“Battlestar Gallactica,” “One Tree Hill”), Virginia Williams (“The O.C.,” “American Beauty”) and Baron Vaughn (“Invasion”) in a first-ever co-production between Universal Cable Productions and Universal Networks International. Shooting on location in Vancouver, FACING KATE will debut with a 90-minute premiere followed by 11 one-hour episodes. The announcement was made today by Jeff Wachtel, president, original programming, USA Network, and co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions.
“The combination of Michael’s and Sarah’s unique talents gives this funny, energetic and iconoclastic law show a completely fresh voice,” said Wachtel. “We see ‘Facing Kate’ as the perfect complement to our character-based series line-up.”
FACING KATE centers on Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi), a top litigator who became frustrated with the endless bureaucracy and injustice she witnessed on a daily basis and decided to become the ultimate anti-lawyer: a mediator. Using her knowledge of the law, along with intuition and a whatever-it-takes approach to resolving conflict, Kate finds the middle ground for a wide variety of adversaries — from Fortune 500 corporations to bitter divorcees. After the death of her father, she finds herself at odds with her new boss, her stepmother (Virginia Williams) … and in bed with her ex-husband (Michael Trucco), himself a lawyer in the DA’s office. Helping her keep all of this chaos at bay is her trusted, geek chic assistant Leonardo (Baron Vaughn).
From Universal Cable Productions and Universal Networks International, FACING KATE is executive produced by creator Michael Sardo (“Caroline in the City,” “Wings). Steve Stark (“Medium,” “The Game“) also serves as executive producer along with Russ Buchholz as co-executive producer. Bronwen Hughes (USA’s BURN NOTICE, WHITE COLLAR, COVERT AFFAIRS, “Criminal Minds”) directed the pilot.
USA is the home to six hit original scripted series: BURN NOTICE, ROYAL PAINS, WHITE COLLAR, PSYCH, IN PLAIN SIGHT and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT. Recently picked up series COVERT AFFAIRS joins FACING KATE as the newest original series to come to USA Network.
Universal Networks International brings quality entertainment channels to the international market. From general entertainment top cable performer Universal Channel, to the home of imagination: Syfy Universal, Universal Networks International delivers premium entertainment to local audiences on a global scale.
About USA Network
USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 98.5 million U.S. homes. A division of NBC Universal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA’s ROYAL PAINS, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, PSYCH, IN PLAIN SIGHT and COVERT AFFAIRS along with Syfy’s EUREKA, WAREHOUSE 13 and CAPRICA. The studio also produced both long-running series MONK and BATTLESTAR GALATICA. UCP is a division of NBC Universal.
About Universal Networks International
Universal Networks International, the global channels division of NBC Universal, is one of the world’s premier entertainment networks, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 150 million viewers in 130 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. The portfolio is spearheaded by five core channels – Syfy Universal, Diva Universal, Studio Universal, Universal Channel and 13th Street Universal – which deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe. Universal Networks International also operates Movies 24, the (non-US) Hallmark Channel and an interest in the KidsCo joint venture.
Universal Networks International is part of NBC Universal; one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.