LOS ANGELES, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Network announced today a
development slate of original programming being developed for 2008,
featuring three unique new series concepts all with distinct
character-driven leads to reinforce the "Characters Welcome" brand. The
projects are HALO, THE EXPERT and CITIZEN'S ARREST and were announced by
Jeff Wachtel, USA's executive vice president, original programming.
"Creating fun, relatable characters in interesting situations -- what
we call 'high concept characters with jobs' -- are what our audiences look
forward to ... and what we love doing!," said Wachtel.
USA launched six scripted originals this summer, a first for any cable
network, with the addition of the new hit series BURN NOTICE, as well as
the return of the critically acclaimed originals PSYCH, MONK, THE DEAD ZONE
and THE 4400. Driven by the recent success of the television event THE
STARTER WIFE, in addition to the power of the WWE and theatrical
acquisitions, USA propelled to #1 for 2Q07 and continues to be a leader in
basic cable scripted series.
USA Network's upcoming slate includes:
A less than heavenly average Joe wakes up one morning with a halo over
his head. While trying to get rid of it, he reluctantly starts finding
himself doing good deeds. In negotiation with George Wing ("50 First Dates"
starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler) as a writer/executive producer.
Executive producer is Bob Cooper for Landscape Entertainment. Produced by
Fox TV Studios.
A reclusive librarian with a unique condition called synesthesia works
with the police squad to aid in their investigations. Synesthesia allows
her to mix her various senses -- she smells sounds, hears colors and feels
words enabling her to explore unconventional ways to pursue criminals.
Chris Murphey ("Dead Lawyers") is the writer/executive producer. From
Universal Media Studios and Dreamworks.
A young boy, who is convinced he is a cop, is institutionalized for
delusional behavior. When he is finally released as an adult, he goes
"undercover" to clear the name of his surrogate "Uncle Jimmy," who was
marked as a dirty cop. Together with his agoraphobic roommate, he begins to
solve cases on his own. He is the best cop the NYPD never had.
Writer/executive producers are Jason Ward and David Garrett ("Deuce
Bigalow: European Gigolo," "Corky Romano"). Executive producers are Ron
West and Kelly Kulchak. From Universal Media Studios.
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and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television
shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 network in basic cable, USA
Network is seen in nearly 94 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site
is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
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SOURCE USA Network