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TCA: USA Network’s ‘Dig’ Extends Hiatus To Assess Jerusalem Production Shoot

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 11:27am PDT

TCA: USA Network’s ‘Dig’ Extends Hiatus To Assess Jerusalem Production ShootA scheduled hiatus in production on USA Network‘s new series Dig has been extended a week while producers assess the situation and decide if they can continue to shoot the six-episode series in Jerusalem. ”This caught us off-guard and we are assessing,” Gideon Raff told TV critics at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014, of the violence in the region. The network is “looking at all options and hopefully things will calm down, and we’ll go back” to Jerusalem to shoot the remaining episodes. “If not, we’ll sort it out” he said, noting “Jerusalem is a key element in our show. We chose to shoot there because of its history.”

The action adventure drama, from Tim Kring and Raff — creator of the Israeli series on which Showtime’s Homeland is based — centers on Peter (Jason Isaacs), an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of an archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history. The series is a production of Keshet Media Group for UCP in cooperation with the city of Jerusalem. Anne Heche co-stars. Read More »

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NBCU & WWE Re-Up Multi-Year Partnership To Keep ‘Monday Night Raw’ & ‘Smackdown’ On USA, Syfy

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 2:34pm PDT

Upfronts2014_badge__140505214755 (1)It’s a done NBCUniversal_logo__130703185055__130828012117deal. NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and WWE today announced a multi-year partnership that will keep Monday Night Raw and SmackDown on USA Network and Syfy, respectively. The announcement was made today by Paul Levesque, WWE’s EVP Talent, Live Events & Creative, during NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s upfront presentation in New York. “USA Network President Chris McCumber, Syfy President Dave Howe and I are incredibly pleased to renew this strategic partnership with WWE,” said NBCU Cable Chairman Bonnie Hammer. “In today’s TV landscape, live event programming is an extraordinarily valuable asset, and WWE remains the only entertainment franchise that consistently delivers this on a 52-week-a-year basis. We look forward to bringing WWE’s action-packed and unique brand of drama to the wide audiences across our cable networks for many years to come.” Read More »

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NBCU Cable Upfront Presentation Live Blog: WWE Deal Announced, Joel McHale Needs A Drink, Upfront Week Wraps

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 1:45pm PDT

Upfronts2014_badge__140505214755 (1)For the first time NBCUniversal bookends Broadcast Upfront Week — culminating in this afternoon’s NBCU usa-network-logoCable Entertainment Group at the Javits Center, including Bravo, E!, Esquire Network, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, and USA Network.

The presentation will have a hard time topping Joan and Melissa Rivers in the E! Red Carpet Mani-Cam, doing spot-on finger impressions of Lea Michelle and Sharon Stone for Giuliana Rancic and Ross Matthews.  Kim Kardashian adjusted her engagement ring to make sure it was caught on the Mani-Cam in all its glory, then declared her fingers ugly and pulled out.

Here’s how it went:

4:20 PM ET: Big question of this upfront seems to be who is going to host it. NBCU Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer opened the orgy of new and returning show plugging by assuring us she’s not hosting, and touting the fact this combined network presentation boasted “120 of our on-air talent — that’s 120 wonderful humans.” She continued: “I know how grueling it can be running around town, sitting through umpteen presentations. .. We hope to earn a few brownie points saving your time… shoe leather and taxi fares.”

4:35 PM ET: NBCU’s ad sales chief Linda Yaccarino calls herself the Kim Kardashian of NBCU Cable. Kim Kardashian walks out and says “Hold on I believe I’M the Kim Kardashian of NBC Universal.” Yaccarino tries to give the two of them a name: Kardino?

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USA’s Sean Jablonski Marriage Drama Pilot Starring Matt Passmore Ordered To Series

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 8:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

passmoreUSA Network has given a 10-episode series pickup to the untitled drama pilot created by Sean Jablonski. The order marks a very quick return to primetime for former Glades star Matt Passmore who was cast as the lead in the USA pilot the second he was released from The Glades following the series’ cancellation by A&E. Produced by Universal Cable Prods., the Sean Jablonski project is described as a provocative drama exploring a marriage that has grown stagnant. It follows investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) who accidentally discovers his wife’s (Stephanie Szostak) involvement with an escort. Jablonski, who helped get USA’s hit legal drama Suits off the ground as showrunner on its first season, is executive producing the new series with Russ Krasnoff (Community) of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment. It will film in Atlanta, Georgia for a premiere this summer. “This is a powerful new addition to our drama slate and marks the next generation of sophisticated storytelling for USA,” said usa-network__120824213139__121217230740USA Network President Chris McCumber. The Sean Jablonski series continues USA’s efforts to expand its drama brand beyond the blue-sky, fun drama procedurals with appealing leads that put it on the map and propelled it to the top cable ratings spot. Those efforts have included darker cop show Graceland as well as the recently ordered six-episode thrilled drama event series DIG starring Jason Isaacs. With the pickup of Sean … Read More »

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2013 Basic Cable Ratings: USA Tops Again In Primetime But Down 8%; Nick At Nite, AMC Up Double Digits As Fox News & ABC Family Fall; TBS Leads Demo

By | Tuesday December 31, 2013 @ 4:50pm PST

usa-network-logoHere are the top cable networks of 2013 in total viewers and adults 18-49, based on Nielsen Media Research data:

Network: Total Viewers (in millions), % change from 2012

1. USA: 2.680, -8%
2. Disney: 2.438, -2%
3. ESPN: 2.210, -6%
4. History: 2.114, -2%
5. TNT: 2.070, -5%
6. TBS: 2.014, -3%
7. Fox News: 1.785, -13%
8. A&E: 1.781, +9%
9. FX: 1.466, +4%
10. AMC: 1.382, +18%
11. Discovery: 1.361, +5%
12. Home&Garden: 1.274, +7%
13. Lifetime: 1.270, +7%
14. Adult Swim: 1.230, +3%
15. ABC Family: 1.222, -11%
16. Syfy: 1.192, -8%
17. Food Network: 1.122, -7%
18. Nick at Nite: 1.091, +25%
19. TLC: 1.059, -2%
20. Bravo: 0.999, +6%
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TBS Snaps USA’s Yearly Streak With Demo Viewers, But ‘Walking Dead’ Is King Of The Cable Universe In 2013 (GALLERY)

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST

UPDATED: TBS will snap USA’s seven-year winning streak among 18- to 49-year-old viewers for 2013, though TBSlogoUSA will hang on to its title as the most-watched ad-supported basic cable network for an unprecedented eighth year. Nielsen stats say that with days to go in the calendar year, USA also has maintained its lead with viewers 25-54 viewers for the year, and TBS will edge USA to claim its second yearly win with 18- to 34-year-olds.

USANetwork_logoThat said, neither network can boast a single original prime time series in the Basic Cable Top-10 Ratings Hit Parade — in any of these metrics. AMC’s The Walking Dead and A&E’s Duck Dynasty were the prettiest dresses in the basic-cable shop in 2013. Walking Dead and Duck Dynasty are the No. 1 and No. 2 original primetime series for the year, respectively, in total viewers, 25-54, 18-49, 18-34, and 12-34. Overall, The Walking Dead averaged 16.16 million viewers in 2013, with Duck Dynasty at 13.37 million, followed closely by History’s The Bible at 13.2 million.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Winter Finale Draws 12.1M Viewers

USA will average 2.75 million viewers for the year, followed by Disney Channel‘s 2.49 million, History‘s 2.16 million, TNT‘s 2.13 million, TBS’ 2.07 million, and ESPN‘s 2.05 mil. Read More »

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Alan Ruck & Byron Mann Cast In USA Pilot ‘Novice’

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 4:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

byronmannARuckEXCLUSIVE: Spin City alum Alan Ruck and Byron Mann (Arrow) will co-star opposite Shane Coffey in USA’s drama pilot The Novice, from Joe and Tony Gayton, Fox 21 and 21 Laps/Adelstein. It centers on Kyle (Coffey), a recent college graduate who is forced to move back home with his parents and soon lands a position with a Korean crime organization. Ruck, repped by APA and Mark Teitelbaum, will play Bill Jones, Kyle’s father, a decent and hard-working professional machinist willing to put aside his pride and work as a day laborer in order to pay the bills. Mann, repped by Metropolitan, Echelon Talent, the Marshak/Zachary Co, and Eric Feig, will play Johnny Joo, the impeccably dressed owner of a popular dining establishment and a careful, yet dangerous, man who offers Kyle a position within his organization. He is currently filming Rise Of The Legend in China.

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Stephanie Szostak & Blair Redford Cast In USA’s Sean Jablonski Pilot

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 4:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Stephanie Szostak (Iron Man 3) and Blair Redford (90210) are set to co-star opposite Matt Passmore in USA Network’s untitled Sean Jablonski pilot. The project, from UCP, follows investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Szostak), as they struggle to sift through their stagnant marriage, looking for the spark they once had. When Neil discovers that Grace has been seeing a debonaire male escort (Redford) his entire world is turned upside down. As he gains a new perspective on life and what motivates women, Grace contemplates her own needs and whether her marriage is worth saving. Jablonski and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment executive produce. The French-born Szostak, repped by UTA and manager Estelle Lasher, recently wrapped production on the Ricky Blitt/Peter Farrelly indie comedy Hit by Lightning. Redford, who has spent the last two seasons on The Lying Game, is repped by Greene & Assoc. and Luber/Roklin.

Related: Matt Passmore Set As The Lead In USA’s Sean Jablonski Pilot

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USA’s ‘Covert Affairs’ Renewed For Fifth Season

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

USA has renewed spy drama Covert Affairs for a fifth season with a 16-episode order. The recent summer portion of the show’s fourth season ranked among summer’s top 10 cable scripted shows, with nearly 4 million total viewers (3.955MM). “No other series on television travels the globe to tell a story like Covert Affairs, and we are pleased to bring it back for another season” said USA president Chris McCumber. “With its intricate storytelling, diverse characters and authentic locations, the series continues to be a cornerstone in our line-up of USA’s original signature dramas.” Season four of Covert Affairs, from UCP and Hypnotic, continues on October 17 following the season premiere of White Collar.

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‘Modern Family’ Celebrates Strong Starts In Syndication

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 3:31pm PDT

Modern Family finished its fourth consecutive best-comedy Emmy victory lap just in time to begin celebrating its successful launch in off-network syndication. In broadcast, the series nailed the second-biggest comedy syndication launch in the past five years. It trailed only Warner Bros TV’s CBS multi-cam comedy The Big Bang Theory’s 2011 launch in households, with a 1.5 HH rating. In 18-49 the 20th Century Fox series’ 0.8 rating ties BBT’s off-net unveiling. And, in 25-54, Modern Family (1.0 rating) edges out BBT’s syndie launch (0.9). In New York, the mockumentary hit increased the Fox O&O’s household ratings 54% at 7 PM and 20% at 7:30. In Los Angeles, with Modern Family, the Fox O&O jumped 75% and 32% in the same time periods.

Related: ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Triumph On Night Of Upsets

The ensemble comedy, which airs initially on ABC, also made inroads in its USA Network debut Tuesday night. Over its three hours on USA, the Pritchett family saga young-ed up the NBCU cable net’s primetime by about 13 years, to a median age of 32.2, compared with 45 with Law & Order: SVU on the comparable night last year. Modern Family shed some of SVU’s older viewers – accounting for the USA’s overall drop from 1.58 million viewers in prime same night last year, to just under a million on Tuesday. But the 18-34 crowd jumped by 27%.
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Nick Thiel Upped To Executive Producer/Co-Showrunner On USA’s ‘White Collar’

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 5:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nick Thiel has been promoted from co-executive producer to executive producer on USA’s White Collar, from Fox TV Studios. He will take on responsibilities of co-showrunner alongside series’ creator/executive producer/showrunner Jeff Eastin, helping Easting with the day-to-day running of the show as Eastin is juggling two series — White Collar and USA freshman Graceland, which is looking good for renewal. Thiel, repped by UTA and Rain Management Group, previously worked as co-executive producer on USA’s Burn Notice, also from FtvS. He also served as executive producer/showrunner on Lifetime’s Army Wives. Season 5 of White Collar, starring Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, premieres Oct. 17.

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‘Modern Family’ Gets Cable Makeover For Launch On USA Network: VIDEO

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 7:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

How would hit ABC comedy Modern Family look and sound like if it aired on cable? The show’s writers offer a peek in a promo for the Emmy-winning series’ upcoming off-network launch on USA Network in September. The video was a highlight at today’s USA upfront presentation, where Modern Family, its cast and co-creator Steve Levitan were the main attraction. Enjoy and keep in mind that the video is the result of what I hear were 17 cuts to tone the original down and make it suitable for public (but definitely not family) viewing.

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Related: USA Unveils Drama Development Slate, Plans For Daytime

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USA Network’s Reality Series ‘The Moment’ Moved To Fridays After Slow Start

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 10:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: As it is navigating its way into reality series, USA Network didn’t have any particular expectations for its first unscripted series in a long time, the aspirational The Moment. It got off to a soft start, and its third airing last night drew 950,000 total viewers and 249,000 adults 18-49. As a result, The Moment is being moved to Fridays, while USA brass stress that they remain committed to the unscripted genre.

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USA Reality Series ‘The Moment’ Begins Casting For Season 2

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 2:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The MomentIn a vote of confidence for its upcoming aspirational reality series The Moment, USA Network is moving forward with casting for a potential second season ahead of the series premiere on April 11. Justin Hochberg and Charlie Ebersol’s Hochberg Ebersol Co., which produces The Moment, has begun the casting process for a second cycle in anticipation of a pickup. On the show, Kurt Warner, who didn’t make it into the NFL on his first try and had to work at a grocery store until finally landing a spot on the St. Louis Rams, gives men and women a second chance at reclaiming the career dreams they put on hold when their lives took an unexpected turn. Each week, someone is given the opportunity to pursue the career they’ve always wanted under the guidance of a mentor. “From the first moments of (Hochberg and Ebersol’s) pitch, we knew they were onto something that wasn’t just the right creative fit for the brand, but was also a fresh take on personal and inspirational storytelling,” USA Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel said at the time of The Moment‘s pickup to series. The Moment marks USA’s re-entry into the unscripted area, which has been a priority for the top-rated cable network. It will be followed by Summer Camp in the summer and The Choir in the fourth quarter.

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USA’s ‘Necessary Roughness’ Adds David Anders, Karen Gillan Joins ‘NTSF:SD:SUV::’

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David AndersDavid Anders (Once Upon a Time, Vampire Diaries) is joining the cast of USA’s Necessary Roughness as a recurring for Season 3. He joins John Stamos, who recently signed on to appear in all 10 episodes of Necessary Roughness‘ third season. Anders, repped by SMS and Liberman Zerman, will play Troy Cutler, second-in-command to Connor (Stamos) at V3, the world’s premiere sports and talent agency. Having sacrificed his personal life for his career, Troy gets satisfaction getting his hands a little dirty for the company – something that doesn’t sit well with Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne).

Also adding a new player heading into Season 3 is Adult Swim‘s live-action comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV::. Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) is joining the crime/terrorism drama spoof as a new regular, playing Daisy, the ‘Q’ tech expert of the NTSF:SD:SUV:: world. Production is under way in Los Angeles and London.

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Jack Coleman & Stephen Martines Join USA’s ‘Burn Notice’ As Recurring

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: USA’s Burn Notice is beefing up the cast for the upcoming seventh and potentially final season. Jack Coleman (Heroes) and Stephen Martines (The Closer) have been cast as recurring, while Nick Tarabay is set for a two-episode arc. Production on Season 7, which will mark the series’ 100th episode, begins on Monday in Miami. Coleman, who recurred on The Office for the past two seasons, will play Andrew Strong, a ranking CIA officer who has seen it all. Noble, but also obsessive at times, Strong is a relentless taskmaster who pushes Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) to do whatever it takes to complete the mission. He is with Domain and Framework. Martines plays Carlos Cruz, a swashbuckling bounty hunter and Fiona’s (Gabrielle Anwar) charming new boyfriend. Tarabay, repped by Domain and Medavoy Management, will play Dexter Gamble, a cold-blooded freelance operative.

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Anders Holm To Recur On ‘Mindy Project’, Manolo Cardona On ‘Covert Affairs’

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 6:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

WorkaholicsAnders Holm is joining Fox‘s comedy series The Mindy Project as a new love interest for Mindy (Mindy Kaling). In a four-episode arc, Holm will play Casey, a charismatic, altruistic, and popular Lutheran pastor in New York City who is so cool he has a DJ at his church services. When Casey and Mindy first meet, he manages to both attract her and get under her skin at the same time — soon after, they begin dating. Holm’s first episode airs in early April. Holm, repped by Avalon, UTA and attorney Jeffrey Endlich, is one of the stars/writers/producers behind Comedy Central’s hit Workaholics, now in its third season and recently renewed for seasons 4 and 5.

Popular Latin American actor Manolo Cardona has been cast in a multi-episode recurring guest arc on USA‘s spy drama Covert Affairs starring Piper Perabo. The Colombian-born Cardona will play Teo Braga, an enigmatic Colombian rebel leader. Brilliant and brooding, Teo harbors secrets about his past that will affect Annie (Perabo), Auggie and other members of the CIA profoundly. The stint reunites Cardona, repped by D2 Management, with Perabo — they co-starred in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. It also expands Cardona’s relationship with USA and Covert Affairs producers Universal Cable Prods. and Hypnotic which also recently cast him in the untitled Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci pilot.

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Hill Harper Leaves ‘CSI:NY’, Joins USA’s ‘Covert Affairs’ As New Series Regular

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hill HarperCSI: NY‘s Hill Harper is joining the upcoming fourth season of of USA’s drama series Covert Affairs as a new series regular alongside Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher. CSI:NY’s ninth season finale airs tonight on CBS, and by most accounts it will be a series finale as the CSI spinoff appears unlikely to return. CBS has not made a final decision, but I hear Harper’s deal was up at the end of this season, and he is moving on. He looked at a number of options, including pilots, but I hear he wanted to join a cable series that is on the air. Harper is a fan of Covert Affairs, and shares a bond with its creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord as all three went to Brown University. Read More »

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USA Orders Jessica St. Clair/Lennon Parham Comedy Presentation

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 5:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: USA has given a pilot presentation order to a single-camera comedy written by and starring Upright Citizens Brigade alums Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, the duo behind NBC’s Best Friends Forever. The Office‘s Zach Woods is eyed for another role in the project, directed by Jeffrey Blitz whose credits include The Office and Parks & Recreation. Like BFF, which also started as a presentation, the untitled USA project will be produced by Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan’s American Work. Universal Cable Prods. is the studio.
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