USA Announces Commanding Slate of Drama Projects
via press release:
USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES COMMANDING SLATE OF DRAMA PROJECTS, EXPANDING SCOPE WITH PROVOCATIVE THEMES
AND EXCITING NEW CHARACTERS
NEW YORK – May 17, 2012 – USA Network is announcing a slate of high-profile drama projects in development, signaling a diversified portfolio with a variety of new characters and themes. The announcement came today from USA Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel.
On the heels of two successful drama launches last summer with the SAG-nominated SUITS and Golden-Globe nominated NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, USA continues to push the brand forward with provocative new programming, including POLITICAL ANIMALS, the pilot GRACELAND and the development of three new dramas including BANG BANG, RARE, MIND FIELDS, FALLEN, WE COUNTED YOUR KNIVES and the UNTITLED DICK WOLF PROJECT. The slate underscores USA’s continued commitment to market leadership. A decade after the network sparked the resurgence of cable storytelling with MONK and THE DEAD ZONE, the network has enjoyed six straight years as the premiere destination for summer programming.
“As USA moves into Upfront week, this new slate reaffirms the network’s position as a ‘blue chip investment’ to the advertising and creative community,” said McCumber and Wachtel. “These projects will continue to further the scope of our dramas with the collaboration and passionate input of Hollywood’s top talent.”
USA’s upcoming slate includes:
BANG BANG – – An unlikely partnership is formed when veteran hitman Danny is saved by rival novice hired gun Marco, while executing a target. This dynamic duo pair up to execute contracts, if they don’t kill each other first. Based on the French film, “Doom Doom.” Writer/executive producer is Tim Schlattmann (“Dexter,” “Smallville”). Executive Produced by Pierce Brosnan & Beau St. Clair of Irish DreamTime Productions. From Fox Television Studios.
RARE – “Tour” is San Francisco’s hottest new restaurant – an exciting fusion of world cuisines that’s drawing crowds across all demographics in the Bay Area. Part of its allure may be the chef, a mysterious ex-special forces captain who’s good with a knife both inside and outside the kitchen. Even if he tries to resist his old violent life, he will be unlikely to keep it entirely outside his new establishment. Writer/executive producer is Larry Golin (“Cross Bronx”) with Cory Concoff executive producing. From Fox Television Studios.
MIND FIELDS – At MIT, the pranks (or as they’re known there, “hacks”) are truly legendary. After one particularly striking graduation hack goes awry, a legendary prankster is dumped by his girlfriend and goes underground for many years, his only public gesture a series of grand romantic stunts he constructs with a lovestruck fellow alumni. MIND FIELDS explores the fusion of science and creativity as these three geniuses reunite amidst the upstairs and downstairs of New York society. Helmed by writer/producers Lisa Joy (BURN NOTICE, graphic novel “Headache”) and Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” the upcoming “Mockingbird Lane” and “Hannibal”), with executive producers Howie Mandel and Mike Marks. From Universal Cable Productions.
FALLEN – After an accident, a gruff, macho cop — known for his “act first, ask questions later” approach — develops the rare condition of synesthesia and suddenly finds himself seeing “emotions.” His partner doesn’t quite understand this “touchy-feely” approach to solving crimes, but there’s no doubt that this new insight is helping clear cases. Based on the novel “Fallen” written by T. Jefferson Parker. Ed Decter & John Strauss (“There’s Something About Mary,” IN PLAIN SIGHT) are adapting for Sony Pictures Television.
WE COUNTED YOUR KNIVES – An Army medic returns home and becomes a pharmaceutical sales rep in the hopes of finding the elusive American dream. Along the way he helps those who cannot afford medical services while pushing the drugs his company sells. Writer is playwright Michael Batistick (“Ponies”). Produced by Doug Liman, David Bartis (executive producers of COVERT AFFAIRS and SUITS) and Gene Klein and Lindsay Sloane of Hypnotic for Universal Cable Productions.
UNTITLED DICK WOLF PROJECT – An insurance investigator who works at a traditional firm takes an untraditional turn – he gets divorced and marries a trophy wife, who happens to be a man. Project is from Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski (creator of “Law & Order,” LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) and Danielle Gelber of Wolf Films. Produced by Wolf Films for Universal Cable Productions.