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USA Passes On Pilots ‘Horizon’ & ‘Divide & Conquer’

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 7:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

usa-network-logoI’ve learned that two of USA Network‘s pilots, drama Horizon and comedy Divide & Conquer, are not going forward. The pilots, both from Universal Cable Prods., are being shopped elsewhere. Horizon was a big swing and a major departure for USA, being a period alien drama. Written by Bridget Tyler, exec produced by The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd and directed by Yves Simoneau, Horizon is set during the height of World War II when a secretary at the FBI (Ruth Bradley) becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion. Penned by Peter Ocko, Divide & Conquer was clearly eyed as a companion to USA’s high-profile acquisition Modern Family. It too is a family comedy, about four children on a path to adulthood and their parents. USA has four other drama pilots, Complications, The Novice, Rush and Sean Jablonski, and one comedy, Love Is Dead, as half-hour pilot Benched was recently picked up to series.

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ & ‘Horizon’ Add To Casts

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 7:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Alexander Dreymon has landed a major recurring role on the upcoming American Horror Story: Coven. On the witch-themed, New Orleans-set installment of the FX horror franchise, Dreymon will play the handsome young man who moves in next door to the Academy. He is with Gersh, Independent Talent, and attorney Carlos Goodman.

Kara Killmer (If I Can Dream) has been cast in USA Network’s drama pilot Horizon. Set during the height of World War II, Horizon centers on Lauren (Ruth Bradley), a secretary at the FBI who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename “horizon”. Killmer, repped by Kelly Tiffan Management and attorney Marcy Morris, will play Anna, a beautiful, high-class call girl who is far more than she appears. 

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Pilots ‘Horizon’ & ‘Tyrant’ Add Regulars, HBO’s ‘Girls’ Casts Recurring Player

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 10:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Josh Braaten (Married To The Kellys) has been cast in USA Network‘s drama pilot Horizon, executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Set during the height of World War II, Horizon centers on Lauren (Ruth Bradley), a secretary at the FBI who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename “horizon.” The mysterious project provides links to the presumed death of her husband (Taylor Handley) and the disappearance of a young girl. Braaten, repped by APA, Trademark Talent and Jackoway-Tyerman, will play Joe McNeil, a newly single father who helplessly watches as his daughter mysteriously disappears — seemingly taken by an unseen force. The only person who believes his story at the FBI is Lauren.

Salim Daw been cast in the high-profile FX drama pilot Tyrant, from Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright. Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family — Barry, Molly and their kids — drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Daw will play Yussef, the cunning and savvy adviser and closest confident to dictator Khalid Al-Fahed. Read More »

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Cary Elwes To Star In USA Pilot ‘Horizon’

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) is set for a lead role in USA Network‘s period alien drama pilot Horizon, executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Set during the height of World War II, Horizon, from Universal Cable Prods, centers on Lauren (Ruth Bradley), a secretary at the FBI who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename “horizon.” The mysterious project provides links to the presumed death of her husband (Taylor Handley) and the disappearance of a young girl. Elwes, repped by APA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon, will play Max Hartman, a mysterious man who leads a double life in wartime DC. The casting expands Elwes’ relationship with USA and UCP where he has a memorable recurring role on Psych.

Jordan Hayes (House At The End Of The Street) has been added to another NBCU cable drama project, Helix, Syfy‘s upcoming series from from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore. The project, written by Cameron Porsandeh, directed by David Slade and produced by Sony TV, is a dark thriller about a team of scientists, led by Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell), investigating a possible disease outbreak. Hayes, repped by Thruline and Amanda Rosenthal Talent, will play Dr. Sarah Jordan who is excited to work for the Center for Disease Control.

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Duo Cast In USA Network Pilot ‘Horizon’

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 6:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Handley (Vegas) is set to co-star opposite Ruth Bradley in USA Network‘s period alien drama pilot Horizon. Also cast in the project, executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd, is Mark Famiglietti. Set during the height of World War II, Horizon, from Universal Cable Prods., centers on Lauren (Bradley), a secretary at the FBI who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename “horizon.” The mysterious project provides links to the presumed death of her husband and the disappearance of a young girl. Handley, repped by Booh Schut Co. and Paradigm, will play George Howl, Lauren’s marine husband who mysteriously resurfaces after disappearing in a battle over the Pacific which the Navy has deemed classified. Famiglietti plays Will “Sparks” Sparkman, a by-the-book FBI agent whose crush on co-worker Lauren is obvious to everyone but her. He joins recently cast Meg Steedle in the pilot, directed by Yves Simoneau from a script by Bridget Tyler.

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Yves Simoneau To Direct USA Pilot ‘Horizon’: Video

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 3:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It is only fitting that Yves Simoneau, who directed the pilot for USA Network‘s last genre series, sci-fi drama The 4400, has been tapped to helm the network’s re-entry in the genre arena, period alien drama pilot Horizon, executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead). Set during the height of World War II, Horizon, from Universal Cable Productions and Valhalla Entertainment, it centers on a female secretary at the FBI who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename “horizon.” The mysterious project provides links to the death of her husband and the disappearance of a young girl, and has also — unbeknownst to her — aroused the interest of undercover Nazi spies working in the U.S. (Watch below Horizon‘s conceptual trailer, which was screened at USA’s upfront presentation last month.) The project, written/executive produced by Bridget Tyler, was originally given a cast-contingent pilot order in December but was later pushed until after the end of the broadcast pilot season when more talent is available. Casting is currently underway, with production targeted to begin this summer. Besides The 4400, Simoneau, director/co-exec producer of HBO’s Emmy-winning Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, directed the pilots of two other genre series, ABC’s alien drama V and the CW’s procedural with genre elements Beauty And The Beast.

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USA Network Unveils Drama Development Slate And Plans For Daytime

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 8:45am PDT

USA Network unveiled its drama development slate today and said it will start production this summer on the pilot Horizon, the period genre drama from The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd that the network pushed in February. The new slate (see the full list below) includes Complications, the latest from Burn Notice‘s Matt Nix; the new Rob Thomas project Blanco County; and works from Doug Liman and David Semel. The news comes on the heels of the network’s newest original series, the Jeff Eastin-created Graceland, joining the summer drama schedule with a premiere set for June 6.

Related: USA Picks Up ‘Sirens’ And ‘Playing House’, Orders Half-Hour Pilot Read More »

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USA Network Drama Pilot ‘Horizon’ Pushed

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve learned that USA Network has decided to push its alien drama pilot Horizon to summer. The project, from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, received a cast contingent pilot order in early December. After the network made some efforts casting the lead, I hear the USA brass decided to wait until the end of the broadcast pilot season when more talent will be available. Right now, Horizon was competing with some 50 broadcast drama pilots for top actresses. Horizon is USA’s first genre effort in eight years and the first-ever period drama on the network, so I hear USA executives wanted to give it the best chance possible. Set during the height of World War II, Horizon centers on a secretary at the FBI who discovers that her husband might have been killed in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific. Obsessed with learning the truth, she becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion. Bridget Tyler (Burn Notice) wrote the script and will co-executive produce for Universal Cable Prods and Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment.

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USA Picks Up World War II Alien Drama Pilot Produced By Gale Anne Hurd

By | Thursday December 6, 2012 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Eight years after the debut of its last sci-fi show, miniseries-turned-series 4400, USA Network is re-entering the genre space with Horizon, a cast-contingent drama pilot from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.

Set during the height of World War II, Horizon centers on a secretary at the FBI who discovers that her husband might have been killed in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific. Obsessed with learning the truth, she becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion. Bridget Tyler (Burn Notice) wrote the script and will co-executive produce for Universal Cable Prods. and Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, which has a deal at the studio. “Horizon is our first genre piece since The 4400 and the first ever period drama for the network,” said USA Network co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber. “This signals the next step in the evolution of our programming brand.” Read More »

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