USA Network Announces Notable Slate of 'Character'-Driven Projects in Development for 2008

Jul 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from USA Network

    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.
     USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of original series
 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 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.