USA Network Starts Summer Off With a Bang and Continues With Year-Round Originals in Fall 2008 With The Starter Wife
NEW YORK, March 26 -- USA Network announced today that it
will continue premiering originals year-round and launch the Emmy-Award
winning THE STARTER WIFE as a new original series starring Debra Messing
this fall. On the heels of the successful premiere of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL
INTENT on USA last October, the network will repeat the formula and
premiere the new 10-episode order of last year's hit miniseries on Friday
nights at 10/9c in October. The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel,
executive vice president, original programming, USA Network.
"We've had great success on Friday night with MONK and PSYCH. Last
year, CRIMINAL INTENT exceeded all expectations with its Fall launch, said
Wachtel. "As we look to establish beach heads for USA around the schedule
and around the year, THE STARTER WIFE is a great vehicle to bring a little
Indian Summer to autumn on USA!"
Below please find a list of all USA's projects that will premiere
and/or return in 2008:
IN PLAIN SIGHT (NEW)
Mary McCormack ("The West Wing," "Private Parts") stars as Mary
Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the highly secretive branch of the
witness protection program (WITSEC) who relocates Federal Witnesses -- many
of whom are career criminals and others who are innocents that had the
misfortune of witnessing a crime. They all have one thing in common --
someone wants them dead. Mary's job is to see that doesn't happen, while at
the same time attempting to manage her own dysfunctional family. IN PLAIN
SIGHT also stars Frederick Weller ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "The
Shape of Things"), Lesley Ann Warren ("Desperate Housewives," "Will &
Grace"), Nichole Hiltz ("NYPD Blue," "Strong Medicine"), Paul Ben-Victor
("The Wire," "Entourage"), Cristian de la Fuente ("Dancing With The Stars,"
"Ugly Betty") and Todd Williams ("Tilt," "Third Watch"). In Plain Sight was
created and written by David Maples ("Home Improvement," "Huff"), who
serves as executive producer alongside Paul Stupin ("Dawson's Creek,"
"Beautiful People") and comes from NBC Universal Cable Studios.
Premieres Sunday, June 8 at 10pm/9c
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
The series takes viewers into the minds of its criminals while
following the psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve
the crimes. The squad investigates high-profile cases, usually homicides,
such as those involving VIPs, local government officials and employees, the
financial industry and the art world. Criminal Intent differs from other
series in the "Law & Order" franchise because it gives a great amount of
attention to the actions and motives of the criminals, rather than showing
(almost exclusively) the police and prosecution's side of the case. The
show stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Noth, Kathryn Erbe, Julianne Nicholson
and Eric Bogosian. LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT is a Wolf Films production
in association with NBC Universal Cable Studios and is Dick Wolf's third
installment of the "Law & Order" brand, the second-longest running drama
series in the history of television. Wolf, Warren Leight, Peter Jankowski
and Norberto Barba are executive producers.
Premieres Sunday, June 8 at 9pm/8c
AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO WARREN BEATTY
Warren Beatty will receive the 36th AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, the
highest honor given for a career in film. The award will be presented to
Beatty at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 12 at the Kodak Theater in
Hollywood. Beatty has starred in some of the most highly-acclaimed movies
including "Reds," "Bugsy," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Shampoo" "McCabe & Mrs.
Miller," and "Bulworth." With a combination of producing, acting, writing
and directing credits Beatty has been nominated a total of 14 times by the
Academy Awards and won for directing "Reds" in 1981. He received the Irving
G. Thalberg Memorial award in 2000.
Premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 9pm/8c
Returning for a second season, BURN NOTICE finds Michael (Jeffrey
Donovan) on a dangerous new mission that could give him clues about what or
whom he is up against regarding his burn notice. Without money but with the
help of Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), he continues to
help those less fortunate while struggling to put his life back together.
From Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment, executive produced by
Mikkel Bondesen, written and executive produced by Matt Nix. Starring
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.
Premieres Thursday, July 10 at 10pm/9c
Celebrating its 100th episode this season, MONK returns with Emmy,
Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, the
obsessive- compulsive detective. One of the critically-acclaimed and
most-watched shows on cable, MONK's seventh season will continue to have
great guest stars, creative cases and an all-star cast including Traylor
Howard, Ted Levine, Jason Gray-Stanford and Stanley Kamel. Executive
produced by David Hoberman, Andy Breckman, Tony Shalhoub, Randy Zisk and
Tom Scharpling, MONK is from NBC Universal Cable Studios in association
with Mandeville Films, Inc. and ABC Studios.
Premieres Friday, July 18 at 9pm/8c
PSYCH centers on Shawn Spencer (James Roday), who possesses uncanny
powers of observation honed by his police officer father, Henry (Corbin
Bernsen), who drilled young Shawn to note even the smallest details of his
surroundings. Shawn has convinced the cops that he's a psychic and with the
reluctant assistance of his best-friend Gus (Dule Hill), Shawn starts
solving cases for an ever-skeptical -- but grudgingly impressed -- police
force. The series also stars Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson and Kirsten
Nelson. PSYCH is executive produced by Steve Franks ("Big Daddy") Kelly
Kulchack and Chris Henze, in association with Tagline Pictures' and NBC
Universal Cable Studios.
Premieres Friday, July 18 at 10pm/9c
As summer winds down, the USA Network heats up with the 2008 US OPEN.
The top tennis players around the world converge in Flushing, NY for the
last of the four Grand Slam events. The USA Network will be there with 95
hours of live tennis action.
Premieres Monday, August 25 and runs through September 7
THE STARTER WIFE
On the heels of its stellar ratings and Emmy success, USA is bringing
back the hit miniseries THE STARTER WIFE as a 10-episode series, with Emmy
Award- winner Debra Messing returning to star and now serving as executive
producer. The series will focus on the post-divorce adventures of the lead
character, Molly Kagan (Messing), as she begins a new chapter in her life.
The Emmy nominated writing team of Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott
("Runaway Bride") return as executive producers and Gigi Levangie Grazer,
who penned the NY Times bestselling novel on which the miniseries was
based, also returns as executive producer. The project will be produced by
NBC Universal Cable Studios in association with McGibbon/Parriott
Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Stephanie Davis ("The Caveman's
Valentine"), Howard Klein ("The Office," "Carnivale") and Molly Madden
("Picture Perfect") will also serve as executive producers for 3 Arts.
Premieres October 2008
WWE's MONDAY NIGHT RAW
MONDAY NIGHT RAW continues to be the most-watched regularly scheduled
year-round program on basic cable television. USA continues record-breaking
ratings along with the Superstars of RAW, including John Cena, Triple H,
"The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Mr. Kennedy and the
sassy and sexy Divas, Maria and Candice Michelle.
Airs Mondays from 9-11:05pm/8 central -- 52 Weeks A Year
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