USA Network Upfronts Reveal Seven Dramas, Five Comedies and One Limited Series

     May 2, 2011


It’s that time of the year when networks get ready to present their development slate for potential new series that will hit the air later this fall when the new TV season kicks off. The first one out of the gate with a slew of new series in the works is USA Network which has no less than seven new one-hour dramas and five half-hour comedies potentially on the way. The network has had success with series like Psych and Burn Notice, but this new slate makes a big push into half-hour comedy territory and a whole slew of new hour-long dramas. In addition, there’s also a limited series (like how The 4400 or The Starter Wife began). Details on each of the series being developed can be found after the jump.


Silent Partner
An ambulance-chasing attorney and his idealistic young paralegal form a powerful team. Their unlikely partnership is a product of the new phenomenon of legal oursourcing:  He’s in Florida and she’s in India.   Writer/Producer is Chris Downey (creator of “Leverage”).  Executive Producers are Doug Liman & Dave Bartis and  producer Gene Klein (COVERT AFFAIRS, SUITS, “The Bourne Trilogy”) of Hypnotic.   From Universal Cable Productions.

M. Deity
An unconventional medical drama about a good doctor who’s an even better meddler.  In the aftermath of Katrina, he heroically saved numerous lives and now fights an intractable foe:  hospital bureaucracy.   Writer/Executive Producer is Billy Finnegan.  Executive producers are Ann Blanchard, Sam Hansen and Jimmy Miller of Mosaic Media.  From Universal Cable Productions.

The Special
In a stark contrast to the stereotypical TV cop, THE SPECIAL is about an energetic, optimistic homicide detective who suffers from hypomania.  Despite his high clearance rate, he remains an enigma to his colleagues in a high-profile unit of the LAPD.   Writer/Producer is Bill Wheeler (“Empire,” “the Cape”).  Executive Produced by Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds”) along with the Mark Gordon Company.  The studio is ABC Studios.

The Exceptions
After serving time in jail on trumped up charges, the debutante daughter of the Mayor of NYC uses her resources to solve cases that have slipped through the cracks.  Writer/Executive Producer is Megan Martin.  Produced by Reveille.  Project is from Carolyn Bernstein and Todd Cohen (“Kath & Kim”) of Reveille.  From Universal Cable Productions.

Hard Cover
The best undercover operative can blend in anywhere and be completely unassuming. Then who better to go on assignment than a middle-aged Mom working with a rogue FBI agent?  Writer/Executive Producers are Peter Paige and Brad Bredeweg.  Executive Producer is Laurie Zaks (“Castle”).  From Universal Cable Productions.

Jimmy Winslow is a private detective who’s a recovering alcoholic with a load of debts, a father in prison, and an ex-girlfriend he’s trying to win back.  He lacks a perfect record in anything except his ability to solve cases and tell the truth to those who don’t want to hear it – and for now, that’s enough.  Writer/Executive Producer is Zak Schwartz (“Entourage“).  Executive producers are Doug Liman & Dave Bartis and producer Gene Klein (“Covert Affairs,” “Suits,” “The Bourne Trilogy”).  From Universal Cable Productions.

Regular Einstein
The Duncan’s are a family of geniuses with three siblings each at the top of their academic fields.  They also have a younger sibling named Einstein who is not a genius but he is a good cop and with their help, he might become a great detective.   Writer/executive producer is Nick Thiel (BURN NOTICE, “Army Wives”).  From Fox Television Studios.

The Enclave (Limited series)
A job opportunity forces a family to move far from their hometown…and nothing is what it seems in their new community.  A limited series from writers Andrea and Maria Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”).  Negotiations are ongoing to attach Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) to direct.  Executive Producer is Dan Halsted.  From Fox Television Studios.

House of Cards
A recent college graduate looks for love and a successful writing career at a greeting card company.  Writer/Producer is Julien Nitzberg.  Executive Producers are Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun along with Gene Stein and Andy Weil of BermanBraun.  From Universal Cable Productions.

On We Go
A single-camera comedy starring Nathan Lane  as an unlucky actor whose career has been perpetually cursed by the fact that he resembles, but is in fact not, Nathan Lane. After his father’s health takes a turn for the worse, his Broadway aspirations have to be put on hold while he returns to his Texas hometown.  Writer/Executive Producer is Douglas McGrath (“Emma,” “Infamous”).  Executive Producer is Nathan Lane (“The Lion King,” “The Producers”).  From Universal Cable Productions.

Big in Japan
20 years after their last concert ended in disaster and they never played again, the members of a popular boy band decide to reunite.   Writer/Executive Producer is Howard Morris (THE STARTER WIFE).  Project is from Prospect Park.  Executive Producers are Jeff Kwatinetz, Rich Frank, Paul Frank (ROYAL PAINS) plus Grammy Award-winning singer Kara DioGuardi (“American Idol”) as consulting producer with Steven Finfer.  From Universal Cable Productions.

We the Jury
A single camera comedy that chronicles the lives of a group of jurors sequestered during a high profile celebrity murder trial.  It’s the story of strangers, thrown together in a confined setting, under duress, for an indefinite amount of time.    Written by comedy veterans Bryan Behair and Steve Baldikoski (“The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “8 Simple Rules”).  Executive Produced by Marty Adelstein with studio Fox 21.

A look at the surburban cul-de-sac over a weekend, where parents’ lives are ruled by their children’s schedules and the idea of going back to work on Mondy sounds better each passing minute.  Writer/Executive Producer is Brent Forrester (“The Office,” “King of the Hill”).  Executive Producers are Walter Parkes, Laurie Macdonald and Ted Gold.  Produced by Parkes/Macdonald Productions (“A Beautiful Mind, “American Beauty” and “Saving Private Ryan”).  From Universal Cable Productions.