USA Network Sets Summer Premiere Dates

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

rush_aspot_keyart_2490x1418_0USA Network is shaking things up this summer with a schedule that features four returning series moving to new time slots, joined by two new shows, dramas series Rush and Satisfaction, paired together. This is a rare new drama series launch on USA satisfaction_aspot_keyart_2490x1418_7where the newbies are not slotted behind established series. Rush and Satisfaction (formerly untitled Sean Jablonski) will premiere July 17, airing Thursdays at 9 PM and 10 PM, respectively. Rush, from writer-director Jonathan Levine and Fox 21, examines the world of renegade physician Dr. William Rush (Tom Ellis), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to LA’s elite. Satisfaction, from Universal Cable Prods, stars Matt Passmore and explores modern marriage at its midpoint. (watch the first trailer below). Read More »

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USA Network Renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ For Second Season

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NUP_158507_0233.jpgIn Chrisley Knows Best, USA Network found its first unscripted breakout. Now the cable network has renewed the half-hour reality series for a 12-episode second season ahead of the April 22 Season 1 finale. Described as a real-life family … Read More »

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Hot TV Promo: USA Network’s ‘Rush’

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 2:00pm PDT

USA Network‘s new medical drama series Rush, from writer-director Jonathan Levine and Fox 21, stars Tom Ellis as Dr. William Rush, who is not your average on-call doctor. He’s not attached to any hospital, he’s highly discreet no matter what the ailment — as long as the client … Read More »

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USA Network’s ‘Psych’ Bows Out With 1.9M Viewers

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 3:01pm PDT

Psych finale 1USA Network‘s Psych, which followed the escapades of fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill), ended its eight-year, 118-episode run last night with 1.93 million viewers. That was no match for the swan song of its former companion series, the obsessive-compulsive personality disorder detective dramedy Monk, which bowed out in December 2009 with 9.43 million tuned in — 3.2 million in the demo — and held the record for most-watched cable drama telecast until AMC’s The Walking Dead  came along and smashed all cable drama ratings records. More recently, about 5 million tuned in to the premiere telecast of the Burn Notice series finale in September 2013, which marked that show’s biggest audience in more than a year.

Last night’s Psych episode, titled “The Break-Up”, also drew 908,000 viewers in the adults 18-49 demo.

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Immediately after the finale, USA aired a live Psych After Pshow — an hourlong discussion in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles. Kevin Pereira (Attack of the Show) hosted Psych creator Steve Franks and the cast; it also served as a reunion of sorts as Psych wrapped shooting late last summer.

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Carmine Giovinazzo & Jon Sklaroff Join USA Cop Drama ‘Graceland’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT

Jon Sklaroff cropCarmine Giovinazzo cropCarmine Giovinazzo (CSI: NY) and Jon Sklaroff (24, Life) have landed recurring roles on USA Network‘s police drama Graceland. Giovinazzo will play Sid Markham, the head of LAPD’s Gang Task Force. Sid is more mind than muscle and uses his intelligence and ability to read people as a way to build relationships and close cases — but that doesn’t mean he’s not prone to acts of violence here and there. Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) grows close to him, seeing Sid as a helpful tool in taking down a cartel. Sklaroff will play Fritz, who has has made his living in the vilest way possible: through human trafficking. He uses intimidation and brutality to keep “his property” in line. The depravity of his operation leaves the team reeling.

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Adam Fierro To Run USA Series ‘Rush’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 9:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

usa-network__120824213139__121217230740Former Shield executive producer Adam Fierro has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner of USA Network‘s newly picked up drama series Rush, written, directed and executive produced by Jonathan Levine. The project, from Fox 21, centers on Dr. … Read More »

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USA Picks Up Medical Drama Pilots ‘Rush’ & Complications’ To Series, Confirms ‘White Collar’ Renewal

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

tomellisomaraDr. Lawson, meet Dr. Rush and Dr. Ellis. USA Network has given 10-episode series orders to two medical dramas whose protagonists share DNA with the lead in Royal Pains, ER physician-turnenixd-concierge doctor Hank Lawson. Rush, from writer-director Jonathan Levine and Fox 21, stars Tom Ellis as on-call doctor. Complications, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix and Fox TV Studios, stars Jason O’Mara as an ER doctor.  It’s been a big week for Nix with two series pickups, comedy The Comedians at FX and now Complications.

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white-collarComplications appears to be part of a two-project deal between USA and FtvS that also includes the renewal of White Collar for a six-episode sixth season, which we scooped last night. As usual, USA does not acknowledge whether this is White Collar‘s final season and likely will make the announcement closer to the show’s airing, as it most recently did with Psych.

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USA’s ‘White Collar’ To Get Six-Episode Final Season

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 6:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

White Collar - Season 4One of USA Network‘s signature series, drama White Collar, is poised to wrap its run with a six-episode sixth and final season. There is no official word yet, but I hear the network and series producer Fox TV Studios are finalizing the deal. The size of the order looks like a compromise between a movie/mini-series conclusion USA had been considering and a full-length season, sought by producer FfvS. Season 5 ended with a cliffhanger involving the abduction of Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). All of USA’s other established series — Monk, Burn Notice (also produced by FtvS), Psych and In Plain Sight — also had received a proper send-off. Moved to fall for the first time since its first season, White Collar got dinged up against in-season competition but rebounded in January when the conclusion of Season 5 averaged 2.8 million viewers in Live+Same Day, up 22% from fall, and 955,000 adults 18-49, up 32%.

Related: How Will It End? USA’s ‘White Collar’ Faces Uncertain Future As Renewal Talks Stall

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Fox News Tops Cable’s Total-Viewer Rankings With Week Of Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Mystery And Obamacare Deadline

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 10:47am PDT

Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,fox-news-logo and the Obamacare deadline catapulted Fox News Channel to No 1 among cable networks in primetime last week, with an average of 2.049 million viewers. FNC edged past USA  (1.907 million), History (1.898 million), AMC (1.796 million), TBS (1.73 million), TNT (1.613), and ESPN (1.334 million). CNN finished the week 22nd among cable networks with 800,000 primetime viewers of all ages, and MSNBC ranked No. 27 with 666,000 primetime viewers. In total day, FNC ranked No. 3 with viewers 2+, CNN ranked No. 37 and MSNBC ranked No. 28.
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Anne Heche Joins USA Network Event Series ‘DIG’

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

heche1Anne Heche (Save Me) has been tapped as a series regular on USA Network’s six-episode event series DIG, an action adventure drama from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, creator of the Israeli series on which Showtime’s … Read More »

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USA Network Sets April 29 Premiere For ‘Playing House’

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 10:00am PST

usa-network__120824213139__121217230740USA Network‘s new comedy Playing House will debut on Tuesday, April 29 at 10 PM with two back-to-back episodes, immediately following Modern Family. Following the premiere, the series will resume with a new half-hour episode every Tuesday beginning May 6 … Read More »

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Jason Isaacs To Topline USA Network Event Series ‘DIG’

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 10:50am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After fielding some half dozen TVisaacs__140120201519-275x408 offers, former Awake star Jason Isaacs has signed on as the lead of USA Network’s six-episode event series DIG, an action adventure drama from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, creator … Read More »

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‘The Office’s Oscar Nuñez Joins New USA Comedy Series ‘Benched’ As Regular

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 5:01am PST
Nellie Andreeva

nunez1EXCLUSIVE: In his first regular TV gig since The Office, Oscar Nuñez has joined the cast of newly picked-up USA Network single-camera comedy series Benched, from ABC Signature and the Mark Gordon Co. The courtroom comedy focuses on … Read More »

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How Will It End? USA’s ‘White Collar’ Faces Uncertain Future As Renewal Talks Stall

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 5:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

White Collar USA Network ProblemsBy this time, USA Network series White Collar would normally be deeply in preproduction, getting ready to start filming in March. But not this year. It’s already mid-February, and there is still no decision on … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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USA Makes ‘Psych’s End Official; Interactive After-Show To Follow Series Finale March 26: Video

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

USA Network today formally announced that the current eighth Psych_cseason of Psych is its last, and the March 26 finale is a series finale. It will be followed by the Psych After Show, a one-hour live show in front of a studio audience that will feature a Q&A with the cast and show creator Steve Franks. “Psych has made an indelible imprint on the television landscape, with a unique brand of comedy,” said Chris McCumber, usa-network-logopresident of USA Network. “The final season celebrates the iconic characters that have made this show so beloved, and will be an exclamation point on the series’ incredible run.” Added Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCU Cable Entertainment: “Psych is one of those rare projects that broke into the cultural mainstream. Its wild energy, fearless fun and engaging characters delivered an unrivaled series that will continue to be loved by fans for as long as there are ways to watch TV.” Psych‘s coming to an end is not a surprise, and several cast members had already moved on, including Timothy Omundson, who just booked a lead role in the ABC comedy pilot Galavant.

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Fox News Tops Cable Primetime For First Time Since Boston Marathon Bombing

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 10:15am PST

imgres-1-4-2__130116235731__130423154418Strong State of the Union ratings and a busy news week were very good to Fox News Channel last week. For the first time since the week of the Boston Marathon bombing last April, the channel was No. 1 in cable among primetime viewers. For the week of January 27-February 2, Fox News averaged 2.265 million viewers in prime with a 1.8 household rating. With the exception of some election coverage weeks, this is only the second time Fox News has come in the top spot since 2005. Typically first-place USA Network was No. 2 among ad-supported cable networks last week with 2.214 million viewers, while ESPN was in the third spot with 2.078 million. History was fourth with 2.022 million and TBS was in fifth place with 1.837 million viewers over the week. Last week also marked the best result FNC has seen since it revamped its primetime lineup for the first time in years and added The Kelly File on October 7 last year.

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USA Network Taps Jeffrey Kaufman As SVP Digital

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 5:00am PST

Jeffrey Kaufman mugThe exec who led content strategy and editorial for the launch of Hulu is returning the NBCUniversal family. Jeffrey Kaufman has been named SVP Digital at USA Network, where he will oversee product development, monetization strategies … Read More »

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USA Comedy Pilot ‘Benched’ Gets Series Order

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Eliza CoupeUSA Network has given a series order to comedy pilot Benched starring Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington. The single-camera project hails from ABC Signature, marking the first series for ABC Studios’ boutique division. “Benched is one … Read More »

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