USA Network is building on its consistent track record of hits and expanding its original programming slate with the development of several high-profile comedies. The new projects will join the network's latest acquired series - the award-winning and top-rated MODERN FAMILY - when it beings airing next year. The new slate features some of television and film's most sought after comedic talent, including Kelsey Grammer, Mark Gordon, Denis Leary and Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. The announcement came today from USA co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel.
"The comedy genre has re-emerged as a top choice for television audiences, and we anticipate our latest projects coupled with MODERN FAMILY will ignite excitement with our viewers," said McCumber and Wachtel. "Our track record of provocative storytelling from marquee talent has made USA a top entertainment brand for consumers and a great investment for brands looking to reach them."
"USA is the perfect home for MODERN FAMILY," said Steven Levitan, the show's executive producer. "We are proud to anchor USA's next generation of comedies when we begin airing next year."
REGULARS, BENCHED, THE DICCIO BROTHERS and START UP will join the previously announced comedy projects in development: PAGING DR. FREED, from Michael Feldman and SIRENS, from Denis Leary.
USA's upcoming half hour comedy slate includes:
REGULARS - A misfit group of customers and employees at a suburban New Jersey bar express their joys, sorrows and observations through karaoke. Executive produced and written by Andrew Leeds & David Lampson. Executive produced by Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein (BermanBraun). From Universal Television.
BENCHED - After losing her boyfriend and her high-powered job as an attorney all on one day, Nina finds that the only job available to her is at the Public Defender's office. She quickly realizes that the system is more screwed up than her own crazy personal life. Written by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones. Executive produced by Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds") along with the Mark Gordon Company. From ABC Studios.
THE DICICCO BROTHERS - From comedy icon Kelsey Grammer and writer Ed Cannistraci comes the story of a promising dot-com entrepreneur who moves to the very politically correct culture of Silicon Valley with dreams of making it big. His dreams may unravel though when his colorful, blunt, and unrefined extended family arrives to "offer their support." Story by Ed Cannistraci & Chris Cannistraci and teleplay by Ed Cannistraci ("Pierre Pierre"). Executive produced by Kelsey Grammer ("Medium," "Girlfriends," "The Game"), Brian Sher and Stella Stolper, with Grammnet Productions. From Universal Cable Productions.
START-UP - Matt and Josh don't want to settle in life, love or in deciding on what job to get out of college. They don't want to be cogs in some big company's machine - they want the new American dream... being their own bosses and creating a start-up. Now all they have to do is land on an idea and hey, what could be so hard about that? Written by Justin Spitzer, ("The Office") and executive produced by Peter Traugott ("Samantha Who?," "Jake In Progress"), comes a comedy about the great lengths this group of friends will go to dream big and cash out. From Universal Television.
Previously announced projects:
PAGING DR. FREED - From Michael Feldman ("That's So Raven") comes PAGING DR. FREED, a comedy about two gynecologist brothers who inherit their father's thriving medical practice after he suffers a heart attack during an attempt at "playing" doctor with his young secretary. Along with taking over the family business, these brothers also must deal with something else their father left behind - their overbearing, neurotic mother. Trusted and beloved by their patients, these guys are professionals when it comes to women but only from the neck down. From Fox 21.
SIRENS - The distinct comedic point of view of Denis Leary returns to television with SIRENS. Teaming up with the co-creator of "Wedding Crashers," Bob Fisher, Leary's new comedy follows three of Chicago's best EMTs whose sometimes self-loathing, other times narcissistic, and always downright self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupations. They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone unlucky enough to wind up in their ambulance. From Fox Television Studios.
The #1 network in all of basic cable, USA Network is seen in 115 million U.S. homes. USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals including POLITICAL ANIMALS, SUITS, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, WHITE COLLAR, ROYAL PAINS, BURN NOTICE, PSYCH, COVERT AFFAIRS, COMMON LAW, FAIRLY LEGAL and IN PLAIN SIGHT. The network offers 52 weeks of spectacular live television with WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series 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 www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
USA Network is announcing a slate of high-profile drama projects in development, signaling a diversified portfolio with a variety of new characters and themes. The announcement came today from USA Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel.
On the heels of two successful drama launches last summer with the SAG-nominated SUITS and Golden-Globe nominated NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, USA continues to push the brand forward with provocative new programming, including POLITICAL ANIMALS, the pilot GRACELAND and the development of three new dramas including BANG BANG, RARE, MIND FIELDS, FALLEN, WE COUNTED YOUR KNIVES and the UNTITLED Dick Wolf PROJECT. The slate underscores USA's continued commitment to market leadership. A decade after the network sparked the resurgence of cable storytelling with MONK and THE DEAD ZONE, the network has enjoyed six straight years as the premiere destination for summer programming.
"As USA moves into Upfront week, this new slate reaffirms the network's position as a 'blue chip investment' to the advertising and creative community," said McCumber and Wachtel. "These projects will continue to further the scope of our dramas with the collaboration and passionate input of Hollywood's top talent."
USA's upcoming slate includes:
BANG BANG - - An unlikely partnership is formed when veteran hitman Danny is saved by rival novice hired gun Marco, while executing a target. This dynamic duo pair up to execute contracts, if they don't kill each other first. Based on the French film, "Doom Doom." Writer/executive producer is Tim Schlattmann ("Dexter," "Smallville"). Executive Produced by Pierce Brosnan & Beau St. Clair of Irish DreamTime Productions. From Fox Television Studios.