[03/28/07 - 04:53 PM]
USA Network Announces Ambitious Slate of "Character"- Driven Projects for 2007/2008
Among them is an FBI team going undercover as a normal suburban family to solve a national security case; a woman who turns to crime solving after a life-threatening accident renders her fearless; and a top crisis negotiator who becomes a relationship counselor in New York City.

[via press release from USA]



NEW YORK � March 28, 2007 � A new cast of characters are being welcomed to USA Network's ambitious development slate for the 2007/2008 season. Among them is an FBI team going undercover as a normal suburban family to solve a national security case; a woman who turns to crime solving after a life-threatening accident renders her fearless; and a top crisis negotiator who becomes a relationship counselor in New York City. Bolstering the "Characters Welcome" brand, a slate of five new pilot scripts was announced today by Jeff Wachtel, USA's executive vice president, original programming.

"Our scripted series development continues USA's mission to bring unique, powerful and engaging characters to life - something our audiences have come to expect from us," said Wachtel. "Great characters, marketable concepts and an unprecedented commitment to quality � these are what make our shows work."

With more original hours than any other cable network this summer including the #1 new cable show in 2006, PSYCH, as well as MONK, THE 4400, THE DEAD ZONE, BURN NOTICE, WWE and THE STARTER WIFE, USA is a leader in basic cable scripted series and ranked as the #1 cable network across the board in 2006 ratings.

USA Network's upcoming slate includes:

THE NEGOTIATOR (working title)

From executive producer Donald De Line ("The Stepford Wives," "The Italian Job") comes THE NEGOTIATOR. For ten years Archie Stark has been a top crisis negotiator for the FBI, averting disasters and saving lives with an unconventional, in-your-face style. But in the new, by-the-book FBI, Archie's abrasive approach doesn't have a place, and he finds himself without a job. So Archie puts his life-and-death problem solving skills to an even more difficult test: he becomes a relationship counselor in New York City. If he can diffuse a hostage situation, surely Archie can counsel a couple on the verge of a break-up�if only it were that easy. Executive producer is Donald De Line. Writer is Stephen Falk.


Cindy loves her comfortable life, living in Poughkeepsie and working at Wal-Mart. The only problem is people always take advantage of her and she has been too afraid to do anything about it. This all changes one day. While working as a greeter at Wal-Mart, Cindy accidentally gets shot in a robbery gone awry. She survives the shooting but it transforms her: Cindy suddenly has no fear. While fearlessness can be great when you need to stand up for yourself, it sometimes gets Cindy into precarious situations. She often mouths off to the wrong person, or follows someone who looks shady. She finds herself needing to face danger to escape her daily routine. Executive producer is Toni Graphia ("Battlestar Galactica," "Roswell," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman").


Most families don't have a problem maintaining the image of a normal, happy household. But the Peytons have to try a little harder, because they're not the average family�in fact, they're not a family at all. They're a team of FBI agents on an undercover assignment in the suburbs. The "teenage kids" are actually young-looking agents in their 20s; the loving Mom and Dad are ex-lovers. Forced to live together under one roof, the Peytons must solve cases involving national security while pretending to be the typical suburban family. From writer David Titcher ("Around the World in 80 Days") and producer Kevin Brown ("Roswell").


Steve Upstone is 43 years old and has a good life: an adoring wife, a wonderful family and a comfortable routine. But like a lot of people, Steve wants a new challenge and switches careers. Now Steve has to deal with a wife who thinks he's crazy for trading his stable job for an annoying supervisor who's younger than he is and a steep learning curve involving new rules and procedures in his new role as�a police officer. In addition to juggling everyday life pressures, Steve must deal with being the oldest rookie on the force. Writer is Patrick Wiegers.


Maddie Springer lives by a simple mantra: Fashion, Fashion, Fashion. In an effort to track down her missing boyfriend, Maddie realizes that her knack for fashion also serves another purpose: It makes her a great detective. Maddie's uniquely female perspective helps her pick up clues, using her designer's eye to discern tell tale shapes, colors and patterns, among other things. Along with her best friend Dana, an out-of-work actress, Maddie decides to open a detective agency operating out of her stepfather's hair salon. Producer is Larry Shuman and Executive Producer/Writer is Sara Endsley.

About USA Network:

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 basic cable network across the board for 2006, USA Network is seen in 90 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at 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 2007]  

· 4400, THE (USA)

[10/05/15 - 03:34 PM]
Discovery Channel Delivers Third Consecutive Record-Breaking Quarter in Ratings and Viewership
Discovery spins the numbers for the third quarter of 2015.

[10/05/15 - 01:43 PM]
Major League Baseball Delivers FOX Sports a Triple Crown in 2015
FOX Sports spins the numbers for its MLB coverage to date this season.

[10/05/15 - 01:34 PM]
Velocity Rings in Four Year Anniversary with Its Best Third Quarter Ever in Primetime
Velocity spins the numbers for the third quarter of 2015.

[10/05/15 - 01:12 PM]
A&E Kicks Off Halloween with the Scariest Psychological Social Experiment on Live TV - "Fear: Buried Alive"
The two-hour event premieres Monday, October 26 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/05/15 - 12:00 PM]
"Breakthrough Prize" Foundation Teams with National Geographic Channel, FOX and Acclaimed Producer Don Mischer to Celebrate Today's Leading Scientists and Mathematicians with Broadcast of the 2016 "Breakthrough Prize" Ceremony
Emmy-nominated "Cosmos" executive producer and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is set to host the annual ceremony, to be held in Silicon Valley.

[10/05/15 - 10:59 AM]
FOX 3-Day Ratings: "Empire" Jumps 40% in Adults 18-49; Tops #2 Show by More Than 2 Full Rating Points
FOX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, September 30.

[10/05/15 - 10:57 AM]
"How to Dance in Ohio," An Intimate Portrait of Three Young Women on the Autism Spectrum, Chronicling the Challenges and Triumphs They Experience Preparing for a Spring Formal, Debuts Oct. 26, Exclusively on HBO
The film was an official selection at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Audience Award at 2015 Full Frame Film Festival.

[10/05/15 - 10:32 AM]
Video: "Vinyl" - Trailer (HBO)
From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new 10-episode drama series is set in 1970s New York.

[10/05/15 - 10:26 AM]
It's the Biggest 15 Minutes of Country Music's Biggest Night(TM)
Kick off Country Music's Biggest Night(TM) with a not-to-be-missed, world premiere musical collaboration and opening monologue during "The 49th Annual CMA Awards," airing live Wednesday, November 4.

[10/05/15 - 10:02 AM]
Video: "Supergirl" Soars Along to Rachel Platten's "Fight Song"
"When I first watched 'Supergirl,' I fell in love with Kara," said Platten. "She perfectly embodies the message of 'Fight Song.'"

[10/05/15 - 10:00 AM]
Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra Launch Ninth "Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience" Titled "Become What You Believe"
This new Meditation Experience was inspired by OWN's upcoming landmark seven-part documentary series "Belief," which depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them.

[10/05/15 - 10:00 AM]
E!'s "The Soup" Goes Live from Talladega Superspeedway for a Special, Hour-Long Episode on Friday, October 23 at 10:00 PM ET/PT
Joel McHale will be delivering the latest and greatest pop culture clips from one of the most storied arenas in the sports world.

[10/05/15 - 09:43 AM]
Series Premiere of "Code Black" Grows by Nearly 3 Million Viewers and 53% in Adults 18-49 with Live +3-Day Viewing
CBS further spins the numbers for Wednesday, September 30.

[10/05/15 - 09:39 AM]
Momentum Gaining for Discovery Family Channel with Growth Across All Dayparts in 3Q15
Discovery Family Channel spins the numbers for the third quarter of 2015.

[10/05/15 - 09:36 AM]
FXM to Present "Fargo" Marathon on October 11, One Day Before Second Installment Premiere
The marathon will feature a commercial-free exhibition of the first episode, "The Crocodile's Dilemma."