or


[03/26/08 - 12:20 PM]
USA Network Announces Slate of Ambitious 'Character' - Driven Projects for 2008-09
A slate of four new pilot scripts, ROYAL PAINS, WHITE COLLAR, SHIRLEYVILLE and THE NANNY FILES were announced today.

[via press release from USA]

USA Network Announces Slate of Ambitious 'Character' - Driven Projects For 2008-09

NEW YORK, March 26 -- USA Network will bolster the 'Characters Welcome' brand by inviting a concierge doctor, a creative con man, a reluctant mayor and an inquisitive nanny among others to join the ambitious development slate for the 2008-09 season. A slate of four new pilot scripts, ROYAL PAINS, WHITE COLLAR, SHIRLEYVILLE and THE NANNY FILES were announced today by Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president, original programming, USA Network.

"Our current development slate makes clear that we're committed to strengthening our brand as the 'character network' and advancing our claim as the #1 destination for quality original programming in basic cable," said Wachtel.

USA was the #1 entertainment network in 2007 in primetime for all four quarters among the key demos of P18-49 and P25-54, and is pacing to have its best quarter ever in 1Q08 among P25-54, with an average of 1.31 million viewers. This is the first time in 10 years that one channel has swept all four quarters among entertainment networks in both demos, and also USA's best quarter ever on P2+ with a current average of 2.92 million viewers.

USA Network's upcoming slate includes:

ROYAL PAINS (working title/ fna UNTITLED CONCIERGE MEDICINE/ SICK RICH)

Anyone who's anyone in the Hamptons has a lawyer on retainer. Now meet the newest accessory -- the concierge doctor. Young doctor Hank Lawson had it all...thriving career, beautiful girlfriend, and swank NYC apartment. With one fateful and principled decision in the ER, Hank loses it all. Months later, single and blackballed from the medical community, Hank goes for a weekend in the Hamptons with his best friend. Crashing a party at a mega-mansion on the beach, Hank jumps into action when a guest requires medical attention that only he is able to diagnose. The next morning, Hank is summoned to another mansion. And then another. Hank's career is revived, but in a way he's not exactly happy about, as he becomes the on-call doctor for the rich, famous and infamous. The project is written and co-executive produced by Andrew Lenchewski and executive produced by Rich Frank and Paul Frank with John Rogers serving as producer.

WHITE COLLAR (working title)

The world's most creative con man escapes out of a maximum-security prison by walking out the front door to find the lost love of his life. His nemesis at the FBI tracks him down and uses him as a consultant to catch other notorious and elusive criminals. From Fox Television Studios, written and executive produced by Jeff Eastin ("Hawaii").

SHIRLEYVILLE (aka WELCOME HOMELAND)

After two tours of duty in Afghanistan, Dwight returns to his hometown of Shirleyville. He wants nothing more than to readjust and get reacquainted with his family. But when the Mayor suddenly dies, hometown hero Dwight finds himself sworn in as the new Mayor. Now he has to maneuver through the small town politics and quirky personalities of his hometown while trying to govern...an assignment that often seems more fraught with peril than fighting rebel insurgents. From writers Leo Geter and Jim Leonard ("Close to Home").

THE NANNY FILES

From executive producer/writer Rick Copp ("Brady Bunch Movie") comes THE NANNY FILES. Widower police chief Ray Corliss hires 28-year-old Emma Staley to be his children's nanny. Unbeknownst to him, she gets involved in solving his cases. Emma uses her skills as a nanny and her "nanny network" (of other nannies, dog walkers, gardeners and neighbors) to find inside information and solve the crimes. Ray's career drive and inability to emotionally connect with his children, paired with Emma's outgoing resourcefulness and knack for sticking her nose where it doesn't belong, makes for a collision of wills and meeting of minds in this charming dual-lead detective series. From Fox Television Studios, Joann Moore ("Swimming with Sharks") serves as co- executive producer.

USA's previously announced projects that are still in development include THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, LIFE INSURANCE, AMERICAN GIRL, THE OLDEST ROOKIE, HALO, THE EXPERT and CITIZEN'S ARREST.

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 http://www.usanetwork.com. 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.





  [march 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· AMERICAN GIRL (USA)
· CITIZEN'S ARREST (CARTOON)
· CLOSE TO HOME (CBS)
· EXPERT, THE (USA)
· HALO (USA)
· HAWAII (NBC)
· NANNY FILES, THE (USA)
· OLDEST ROOKIE, THE (USA)
· ROYAL PAINS (USA)
· SHIRLEYVILLE (USA)
· THANK YOU FOR SMOKING (USA)
· WHITE COLLAR (USA)





[05/28/20 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Game On!" Opens on Top for CBS
The Eye's new summer entry leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[05/28/20 - 06:30 AM]
"United We Sing: A Grammy(R) Salute to the Unsung Heroes," Hosted by Grammy(R) and Emmy Award-Winning Singer and Actor Harry Connick, Jr., to Be Broadcast Sunday, June 21
The CBS special will feature performances by Jon Batiste, Harry Connick, Jr., Andra Day, John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Rockin Dopsie, Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty.

[05/27/20 - 02:32 PM]
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, Jillian Bell and Their "Bless the Harts" Castmates Unite for Virtual Table Read to Benefit Feeding America
Said event will take place Monday, June 1 on Animation Domination's YouTube channel.

[05/27/20 - 02:01 PM]
Video: "Secret Society of Second-Born Royals" - Official Trailer - Disney+
They're not the heirs, but they're destined to protect the throne.

[05/27/20 - 01:31 PM]
Animal Planet Premieres Special Episode of "The Aquarium" Featuring the Much Aniticipated Birth of a Baby Beluga Whale
Said installment premieres this Saturday, May 30 at 10:00/9:00c.

[05/27/20 - 12:01 PM]
USA Network and Syfy Partner with GLAAD to Celebrate National Pride Month This June
Between the two networks, this campaign will feature Pride-themed marathons, custom short-form videos, fan testimonials, PSAs, all-new podcast episodes and a variety of fresh editorial.

[05/27/20 - 09:57 AM]
Comcast to Bring WarnerMedia's HBO Max to Xfinity Customers
As part of the deal, existing Xfinity HBO customers will have access to HBO Max beginning today at no additional cost via the HBO Max app and website.

[05/27/20 - 09:21 AM]
Reelz Adds New Specials, New Series and New Episodes of Returning Original Series to June 2020 Lineup
Highlights include the premiere of new series "Serial Psyche."

[05/27/20 - 08:30 AM]
HGTV's Smash Hit "Celebrity IOU" Is the Highest Rated First-Year Series in Network History Access Multiple Demos
HGTV further spins the numbers for the series to date.

[05/27/20 - 08:14 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "America's Got Talent"
The show's season opener easily wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[05/27/20 - 08:01 AM]
Apocalyptic Weather, Sudden Explosions and Unidentified Creatures Caught on Camera in a New Season of "Strange Evidence" on Science Channel
An all-new season premieres Thursday, June 11 at 9:00/8:00c on Science Channel.

[05/27/20 - 08:01 AM]
Video: "Lenox Hill" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Follow the journey of four real doctors who struggle to balance their personal lives with the highs and lows of working on the frontlines of America's healthcare system.

[05/27/20 - 06:21 AM]
"Lifetime Presents Variety's Power of Women: Frontline Heroes" Special Honoring Women in the Face of the Pandemic Premiering Tuesday, June 9 on Lifetime and Facebook
Virtually hosted by Robin Roberts, the special will be simultaneously broadcast from Variety's Facebook page, and cross-posted on Lifetime's Facebook page at 10PM ET/7PM PT.

[05/27/20 - 06:01 AM]
Six-Episode Limited Series "Stateless" Premieres July 8 on Netflix
Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie, Fayssal Bazzi, Dominic West, and Cate Blanchett star in the project.

[05/27/20 - 06:00 AM]
HBO Max Launches Today
"Today we are proud to introduce HBO Max - a dream that was created and nurtured by an incredible team of talented executives who dedicated the last year-and-a-half to making it a reality for consumers nationwide," said Bob Greenblatt.