USA Greenlights Three New Drama Pilots as the Network Expands on its Powerful Slate of Original Series

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October 9th, 2013


via press release:


Network Picks Up Pilots For Fox Television Studios’ COMPLICATIONS and FOX21’s THE NOVICE and RUSH

UNIVERSAL CITY – October 9, 2013 – Expanding on its slate of strong signature original dramas, USA Network announced today that it has greenlit three cast-contingent pilots: COMPLICATIONS from producer Matt Nix (BURN NOTICE) and Fox Television Studios and THE NOVICE from creators Joe and Tony Gayton (“Hell on Wheels”) and RUSH written and produced by Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”) both from FOX21.

"These pilots illustrate our continued commitment to creating the next evolution of powerful original dramas for which USA is well known," said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network, "This particular mix of dramas comes from some of the top writers and producers in the industry, each of whom bring a distinct point of view and unique talent for developing high stakes storylines and compelling characters."

The announcement comes on the heels of the recently announced pilot pick-up for Universal Cable Production’s untitled Sean Jablonski project, written and executive produced by Jablonski (SUITS, “Nip Tuck”) and executive produced by Russ Krasnoff (“Community”).  USA also just completed a successful first season of the Fox Television Studios drama GRACELAND, one of the summer’s top new scripted series from executive producer Jeff Eastin (WHITE COLLAR), and is currently in production on the period alien drama HORIZON from executive producer Gale Ann Hurd (“Walking Dead”) and writer and co-executive producer Bridget Tyler (BURN NOTICE).

Following are details on the pilots:

COMPLICATIONS (working title)  -- After wrapping seven seasons of the popular series BURN NOTICE, Nix brings his next offering to the network with this gritty medical drama. The project centers around John Ellis, a disillusioned suburban ER doctor, who finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy's life and killing one of his attackers.  When he learns the boy is still marked for death he finds himself compelled to save him at any cost and discovers that his life and his outlook on medicine may never be the same.  COMPLICATIONS is written and executive produced by Nix and is from Fox Television Studios.

NOVICE (working title) -- It’s no secret that today's college graduates face the most difficult job market ever.  The drama NOVICE takes the audience on the journey of a young man who finds that his true calling may be a life of crime.  After repeatedly trying to break into corporate America, Kyle Jones returns home to his economically struggling family and his high school restaurant job, but minimum wage isn’t going to help with his family’s debt.  So, while it is out of necessity that he seizes an unexpected opportunity to make money with a Korean crime family, it appears that this new life may have its perks as well.  NOVICE is written by Joe and Tony Gayton, the creators of “Hell on Wheels,” and executive produced by the 21 Laps/Adelstein team of Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, and Becky Clements and New Wave Entertainment’s Matt Ochacher.  The project is from FOX 21.

RUSH (working title) -- Writer/director Levine (“Warm Bodies,” “The Wackness”) along with Fox 21 and Little Engine’s Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo (“The Gates,” “Popular”) is the team behind the fast paced Hollywood drama, RUSH.  Dr. William Rush is not your average on-call doctor -- he’s not attached to any hospital, he’s highly discreet no matter what the ailment as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium and the doctor can party with the best of them.  He has no desire to change his life or how he lives it, until an old flame and his conscience begin to stir things up.

The #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes.  USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events.  A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV.  USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at  Characters Welcome.

  • Cory

    Rush sounds like Royal Pains, all 3 pilots fit into USA brand, I may check Novice.

  • Chuck Collins

    Ick! These characters are NOT welcome!!

  • Cyrax86

    Wonder when they announce the fate of Necessary Roughness…

  • DTravel

    I watch almost all of USA’s scripted shows. Based on these descriptions, I’m not interested in Complications, Rush sounds incomplete and I’ll try Novice.

  • Tad

    I love medical dramas! Happy to see one in the docket!!

  • Brian

    RUSH should be good, Novice could be good if done right.

    Complications doesn’t sound interesting at all, expected more for Nixs’ post Burn Notice project.

  • Sab G

    No kidding that these are “cast contingent”. It’s clear from the synopsese that these shows could either be highly entertaining or totally miss the mark, depending on who they get as leads + cast regulars. Shame USA can’t find a Matt Bomer on every corner.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Novice is their attempt at a Breaking Bad type show. Rush will probably be a “darker” version of Royal Pains and Complications….that just sounds bad.

  • Shepherd

    I have to agree with everything that’s been said. Complications doesn’t sound interesting, and if it were anyone but Nix, I’d seriously be questioning their ability to carry on the story for more than one season. It almost sounds like: doctor finds ‘burned’ gang banger and decides to help.

    Novice almost sounds like a BB ripoff with a young Walter White fresh out of college, minus the cancer. It still seems to be the most interesting of the bunch.

    Rush sounds like The Mob Doctor meets 1/2 Do no Harm. Take the evil/ party personality from DNH, make him the doctor, and have him working for mobsters and gangsters (ala TMD), only voluntarily as opposed to doing it to help out a family member. Or perhaps it’s just the anti- Royal Pains. A concierge doctor that likes to party and work for criminals as opposed to being all goody-goody.

    I’m disappointed, I really thought USA would make a strong effort to find some decent pilots since most of their shows have either ended (BN, +NR?), are going downhill fast (CA, RP, even Suits a little), or wound up being a big disappointment. (Graceland).

  • Shepherd


    LOL, So I’m not the only one that noticed?! Ever since the strike there seems to be nothing left but hack writers without a single original idea in their heads.

  • Ryan

    Calling it now, Aaron Paul toplines Novice. xD

  • Mike

    the only one ill ill see is novice…. i wish they would pick up a sci fi series

  • KJ Styles

    Novice definitely sounds like a Breaking Bad knockoff. That said, I will give it a shot. It’s the only intriguing one of the bunch.

    I think either Graceland or Necessary Roughness will get the axe. NR has sucked ever since Dani got fired from the Sharks, and Graceland just plain sucks.

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