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 leadRead 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.

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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, … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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.

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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) … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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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USA’s ‘Suits’ Strong In Winter Premiere

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

USA’s Suits is solidifying its status as the network’s next flagship series as it continues to build in the ratings, especially in the young demographics. While cable series normally perform worse in the winter against increased in-season competition than in the summer, Suits returned last night higher than … Read More »

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‘Common Law’ Now Officially Cancelled

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 6:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

USA Network has made its decision on Common Law official, pulling the plug on the freshman drama. “I can confirm to those who have asked that we are not renewing Common Law,” USA’s SVP Ted Linhart tweeted this afternoon. “Thanks to all the fans who watched and expressed their support.”

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USA Network Picks Up Jeff Eastin Pilot ‘Graceland’ To Series

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

USA Network is doubling its bet on Jeff Eastin. The cable network has picked up to series Graceland, the new pilot from White Collar creator/executive producer Eastin. The one-hour drama, from Fox TV Studios, follows a group of diverse agents — from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and U.S. Customs — whose worlds collide while forced to live together in an undercover beach house in Southern California. Sean Daniel served as executive producer on the pilot, which was directed by Russell Fine. “Graceland is very much in our sweet spot — it has that fantastic and rich look associated with most of our shows, but we also want to go to very edgy and dark places with it,” USA co-president Jeff Wachtel said. “The characters’ day job takes them to places we haven’t gone with our original series.”

Eastin will run both Graceland and White Collar, whose fourth season premieres July 10, on the heels of what is shaping up to be a big opening for Magic Mike, which features White Collar star Matt Bomer. Because both series are with the same network, USA, and the same studio, FtvS, their schedules will be synched up so Eastin can give his full attention to both. That is the reason Graceland was picked up off-pattern. Eastin is already assembling a writing staff for the new series, with the goal to go into production shortly after filming on Season 4 of White Collar winds down. Graceland brings the number of FtvS-produced series on USA to three, along with White Collar and Burn Notice. Read More »

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