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[05/08/14 - 09:06 AM]
USA Network Announces Cast-Contingent Pilot Pick-Up for the Drama Series "Stanistan"
Plus: the network has commissioned the comedy pilot presentation "Difficult People," starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner.

[via press release from USA]

USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES CAST-CONTINGENT PILOT PICK-UP FOR THE DRAMA SERIES "STANISTAN"

NEW DEVELOPMENT SLATE IS UNVEILED FOR 2014-2015

Projects Hail From Amy Poehler, Jodie Foster, Jessica Biel, Peter Tolan and Carlton Cuse

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - May 8, 2014 - USA Network is set to continue its track record of highly-rated and award-winning original series for the 2014-2015 television season. The network today announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up for the hour-long original drama series STANISTAN (Universal Cable Productions) and a strong development pipeline of original series.

STANISTAN follows the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists operate in a delicate balance of danger and silliness using every coping mechanism available. From Universal Cable Productions, STANISTAN is written by Andy Parker, who is also supervising producer. Richard Scarth, Mary Louise Vitelli and Maureen Ryan ("Project Nim") serve as co-executive producers. Steve Scheffer is executive producing.

The network's development slate boasts television and film notables including, Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Jodie Foster ("Elysium"), Jessica Biel ("Playing for Keeps"), Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me") and Carlton Cuse ("Bates Motel"), among others.

"This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant," said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. "We're very much committed to partnering with some of the most talented creatives in the business to offer a broad mix of compelling programming for our viewers."

USA's upcoming slate includes:

DRAMA DEVELOPMENT

BOOM

A young couple moves to a contemporary boomtown in North Dakota in pursuit of the American dream and are seduced by the sudden wealth of frontier life. Writer-director Josh Pate ("Surface") co-wrote the project with author Rodes Fishburne ("Going to See the Elephant") and executive produces with Tony Krantz ("24"). BOOM is from ABC Signature.

BRAND

Executive produced by Jodie Foster ("Elysium"), Bob Cooper ("Stargate SG-1") and writer Bill Wheeler, BRAND follows a charismatic man who found his way out of addiction and lawlessness when he was born again into the Christian faith of his youth, joining his brother ministering a small, local church. Consumed with reaching the unsaved "by any means necessary," his obsession grows when confronted by a brand new mega church poised to crush his ministry. The series is from FremantleMedia North America in association with Landscape Entertainment. Foster is signed on to direct the pilot. J.J. Jamieson ("The Wives He Forgot") also executive produces.

COLONY

In 2015, Los Angeles exists in a state of occupation. Some collaborate with the alien authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. COLONY is a naturalistic drama about a family torn by those opposing forces, making difficult choices as they balance keeping their family together with the struggle of the human race. A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, COLONY was written and is executive produced by Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel") and Ryan Condal (upcoming "Hercules").

THE FARM

On one of the last great family-owned farms in the Midwest, a father must battle horrors both psychological and diabolical in an effort to save those closest to him from a long-buried evil that has taken control of his only daughter. From writer and executive producer Brandon Camp ("Dragonfly") and executive producers Dawn Olmstead ("Prison Break"), Michael Bay ("Transformers" films), Andrew Form (upcoming "The Last Ship") and Brad Fuller (upcoming "The Last Ship"), THE FARM is produced by Grady Girl Productions and Platinum Dunes in association with Warner Horizon Television.

CONTROL

The series explores the high-intensity and contentious world of air traffic control in one of America's busiest airports. CONTROL centers on a charismatic, foul-mouthed optimist who has just ascended to the ranks of manager in an environment where union vs. management is a constant, near-violent struggle. From writer and executive producer Rashad Raisani (BURN NOTICE) and executive producers Larry Shuman ("Devious Maids") and David Wolthoff. The series is from Fox Television Studios and based on the book Hidden America, by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

MR. ROBOT

MR. ROBOT is a drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder. He decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect those he cares about from those who are trying to hurt them. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for, his alter ego hacking exploits at night, and the underworld hacking organization trying to recruit him to help bring down the one percent. From writer and executive producer Sam Esmail ("Comet") and Steve Golin ("True Detective") and Chad Hamilton ("Breakup at a Wedding") from Anonymous Content, MR. ROBOT is from Universal Cable Productions.

LIMITED SERIES DEVELOPMENT

BORDER LORD

From executive producers Greg Nava ("Selena") and Gil Netter ("Life of Pi"), BORDER LORD is the origin story of the Mexican drug cartels and how they derived from one family in San Diego. In order to protect his business from law enforcement, a patriarch splits his organization among his extended family...but money trumps blood relations as greed and hubris destroys the once tight-knit family. Barbara Martinez-Jitner ("Bordertown") serves as executive producer and will write along with Nava. The project is from Universal Cable Productions.

THE SWAP

Struggling to save her marriage, a woman convinces her workaholic husband to 'swap homes' with another couple so they can take their family on a much needed dream vacation to the Cook Islands. Their dream quickly turns into a nightmare that includes a murder investigation, a kidnapping gone wrong and an international corporation on the verge of collapse. THE SWAP is written and executive produced by Josh Berman ("Bones"). Jill Green ("The American") and Acorn Productions also serve as executive producers. THE SWAP is from Sony Pictures Television.

COMEDY DEVELOPMENT

DIFFICULT PEOPLE (PILOT PRESENTATION)

DIFFICULT PEOPLE is from the comedic minds of Julie Klausner ("Mulaney," "Billy on the Street") and Billy Eichner ("Billy on the Street," "Parks and Recreation") who star as best friends living in NYC. Klausner and Eichner play pop culture loving best friends who hate everyone - except each other. Klausner is writing the pilot presentation and Andrew Fleming ("Hamlet 2") will direct. Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") is an executive producer along with Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment and Michele Armour of Marobru ("Chappelle's Show"). DIFFICULT PEOPLE is from Universal Cable Productions.

LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH

LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH is a modern day love story about a free-spirited woman who reluctantly falls in love with a Type A man 14 years her junior. Karen McCullah ("Legally Blonde") is writing the pilot script and executive producing along with David Janollari. The comedy is from Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment.

MAJORDOMO

A longtime friendship is put to the test when Danny Perkins (Michael Urie), a struggling documentarian, becomes a personal assistant to his friend Anna Grant, an unlucky in love real estate heiress with a floundering career. Universal Cable Productions is producing with writer and executive producer Jon Tolins ("Queer as Folk"), co-executive producer Urie ("Ugly Betty"), and executive producers Jeff Kwatinetz ("Unstoppable") and Josh Barry ("Salem") of Prospect Park.

MOGULS

MOGULS is a single camera comedy about the employees of a popular Colorado ski resort. The series centers on a young man who thinks he's in charge and the woman from corporate who knows she is. From writers Geoff Moore ("Better Living Through Chemistry") and David Posamentier ("Better Living Through Chemistry") and executive producers Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple of Iron Ocean Films. Universal Cable Productions will produce.

ROYAL

From the writer of "Gran Torino" (Nick Schenk), ROYAL is a fresh spin on family comedy. The title character is a recently defected Hells Angel who has moved to the suburbs to care for his deceased sister's children, but the transition between the two worlds proves to be very difficult for him. Sony Pictures Television is producing with executive producers Schenk, Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me"), Michael Wimer ("Rake") and Guymon Casady ("The Expendables 2") of Management 360.

USA is the home to thirteen original series: SUITS, COVERT AFFAIRS, ROYAL PAINS, WHITE COLLAR, GRACELAND, SIRENS, PLAYING HOUSE, CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST, SATISFACTION, RUSH, COMPLICATIONS, BENCHED and the six-episode event series DIG.

The #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented eight straight years, USA Network is seen in more than 102 million U.S. homes. USA offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com.





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· 24 (FOX)
· BATES MOTEL (A AND E)
· BLOOD & OIL (ABC)
· BONES (FOX)
· BORDER LORD (USA)
· BRAND (USA)
· CHAPPELLE'S SHOW (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· COLONY (USA)
· CONTROL (USA)
· DEVIOUS MAIDS (LIFETIME)
· DIFFICULT PEOPLE (HULU)
· FARM, THE (USA)
· LAST SHIP, THE (TNT)
· LOST (ABC)
· LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH (USA)
· MAJORDOMO (USA)
· MOGULS (USA)
· MR ROBOT (USA)
· MULANEY (FOX)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· PRISON BREAK (FOX)
· QUEER AS FOLK (SHOWTIME)
· RAKE (FOX)
· RESCUE ME (FX)
· ROYAL (USA)
· SALEM (WGN)
· STANISTAN (USA)
· STARGATE: SG-1 (SCI FI)
· SURFACE (NBC)
· SWAP, THE (USA)
· TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)





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