National Geographic introduces Saints & Strangers

National Geographic Channel is developing an original drama that explores the story behind the founding of America.

National Geographic Channel

National Geographic Channel

Saints & Strangers (wt) will follow the 101 men, woman and children who came to America aboard the Mayflower in search of a new life in an unexplored land.

Half were pilgrims, religious separatists who abandoned their previous lives for religious freedom and an opportunity to create a new social order built on their values. The other half were mostly single males looking for financial opportunities or the chance to escape their old identities or criminal pasts.

Their struggles will be portrayed alongside their relationship with the Native Americans.

The four-hour miniseries is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Little Engine Productions.

Grant Scharbo, Gina Matthews, Teri Weinberg and writer Eric Overmyer are the executive producers. Seth Fisher is also a writer on the project, which is based on a script by Chip Johannessen and Walon Green.

It will air this autumn.

USA ends Rush

USA Network has cancelled its summer drama Rush after one season.

Rush

Rush

British lead Tom Ellis confirmed the news on Twitter:

USA sets viewers up for Satisfaction

USA Network has unveiled its summer schedule, with two new dramas taking centre stage.

USA Network

USA Network

Rush, which debuts on July 17, examines the world of renegade physician Dr William P Rush (Tom Ellis), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to LA’s elite and whose service comes with a hefty price tag.  Though the hard-partying doctor claims that he doesn’t make judgments about his less-than-squeaky-clean clients, he’s not immune to the ugliness that he encounters.

It comes from Fox21 and writer/director Jonathan Levine, along with Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo and executive producer Adam Fierro.

Satisfaction, also starting on July 17, is described as a provocative drama that explores modern marriage at its midpoint.  Through the lens of one couple, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak), this series answers the question, “What do you do when having it all is not enough?”  by delving into their shocking and unconventional choices. Michelle DeShon, Katherine LaNasa and Blair Redford also star.

The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and comes from executive producer/creator Sean Jablonski. Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment is also an executive producer.

Royal Pains, which returns for season six on June 10, continues the story of a “doctor for hire” to the rich and famous in the Hamptons. It stars Mark Feuerstein, Campbell Scott, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay and Ben Shenkman.

It is also produced by Universal Cable Productions, and is written and executive produced by Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch.  Rich Frank is also an executive producer along with Jeff Kwatinetz and Paul Frank from Prospect Park, Connie Burge, Carol Flint, Jon Sherman and Jack Bernstein.

The fourth season of legal drama Suits, which begins on June 11, stars Patrick J Adams, Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty.

From Universal Cable Productions, it was created and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh.  Doug Liman and David Bartis, and Gene Klein of Hypnotic, as well as Daniel Arkin and Chris Downey also executive produce.

Suits

Suits

Graceland, which begins its second season on June 11, follows the high-stakes investigative lives of six undercover federal agents who live together in a government-seized Southern California beachfront house. Aaron Tveit, Daniel Sunjata, Vanessa Ferlito, Manny Montana, Brandon Jay McLaren and Serinda Swan head the cast.

It is produced by Fox Television Studios, with creator Jeff Eastin executive producing.

Graceland

Graceland

Covert Affairs, back for season five on June 24, continues with picks up with CIA operative Annie (Piper Perabo) returning to the Agency after having faked her death to go deep undercover to find a traitor to the CIA. The series also stars Christopher Gorham, Hill Harper, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher and Nic Bishop.

From Universal Cable Productions, it was created, written and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, and is executive produced by Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein through Hypnotic.  Stephen Kay, Sean Ryerson, Stephen Hootstein and Henry Alonso Myers are also executive producers.

Covert Affairs

Covert Affairs

USA in a Rush

USA Network is continuing to expand its original drama slate with two new series.

USA Network

USA Network

Rush (working title) is about Dr William Rush, a highly discreet doctor who only accepts cash and can party with the best of them. The cast is headed by Tom Ellis.

It comes from writer/director Jonathan Levine and prduced with Fox 21 and Little Engine’s Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.

Medical drama Complications (working title) comes from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix and tells the story of a suburban ER doctor whose life is transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers. It stars Jason O’Mara and is produced by Fox Television Studios.

One of USA Network’s established dramas, White Collar, has also been renewed for a six-part sixth season. The series follows the unlikely partnership between a con artist and an FBI agent, who partner to catch white collar crimes.

It is produced by Fox Television Studios and executive produced by creator Jeff Eastin, Nick Thiel and Jeff King. It stars Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Sharif Atkins and Marsha Thomason.

White Collar

White Collar

USA’s pilot order has Complications

USA Network has ordered a trio of new drama pilots.

USA Network

USA Network

The cable network has greenlit cast-contingent episodes of Complications, The Novice and Rush.

Complications, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, is a gritty medical drama about a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who finds his life transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers. It is produced by Fox Television Studios.

Novice (working title) follows a young man who finds his true calling may be a life of crime. It is written by Hell on Wheels creators Joe and Tony Gayton and executive produced by Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements of 21 Laps/Adelstein and New Wave Entertainment’s Matt Ochacher. It is produced by Fox 21.

Rush (working title) is about a doctor, Dr William Rush, who works as an on-call doctor for any client as long as they can pay cash-only and has no desire to change his life until an old flame and his conscience begin to stir things up. It is from writer/director Jonathan Levine with Fox 21 and Little Engine’s Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.

USA recently picked up a pilot from Universal Cable Production, executive produced by Sean Jablonski and Russ Krasnoff.

NBC entertains Hillary

NBC is ramping up its limited series slate with the announcement of four more scripted projects.

NBC

NBC

Four-hour miniseries Hillary is based on the life of former First Lady and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, providing a behind-the-scenes look at her life as a wife, mother and politician from 1998 to the present day.

Diane Lane will star as Clinton, with the show written and directed by Courtney Hunt. Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark will executive produce with James D Stern and producers Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith of Endgame Entertainment.

Another four-hour miniseries in the works is Rosemary’s Baby, a retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin that was adapted as a feature film about devil worship and the relationship between a young husband and wife.

This new version, which will be set in Paris, will be produced by Lionsgate. Scott Abbott is the writer, with executive producers Joshua Maurer, David Stern, Perri Kipperman and Alix Witlin.

Stephen King’s Tommyknockers is an adaptation of the author’s 1987 novel about how the residents of a small Maine town deal with what they believe is an alien spacecraft that has landed nearby.

The executive producers are Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky, while Yves Simoneau will direct.

Finally, Plymouth will examine the challenges and drama of the Pilgrims’ journey across the Atlantic and the difficulties of settling in a new country.

It will be executive produced by Mark Burnett and Anne Thomopoulos of Mark Burnett Productions, and Gina Matthews and Grant Sharbo. Walon Green is the writer.

These new series in development follow NBC’s recent commission of AD: Beyond the Bible, the follow-up to smash hit The Bible.

Source: NBC Entertainment

Telecinco finds Missing

It ran for just ten episodes on US broadcast network ABC.

But Missing, which stars Ashley Judd as a mother and former CIA agent leading a pan-European search for her abducted son, will make its debut on Spanish network Telecinco tomorrow.

Missing

Missing

Created by Gregory Poirier, Missing debuted in March 2012 as a mid-season entry to ABC’s schedule but was not renewed after its ten-part run.

It is produced by Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.

Missing

Missing

Source: Telecinco