USA crowns Queen of the South

USA Network has picked up its pilot Queen of the South to series, ordering a 13-part run.

USA Network

USA Network

The show, based on the novel La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alex Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel.

The novel was previously adapted by US hispanic network Telemundo, under the title La Reina Del Sur.

It is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, and Universal Cable Productions. The executive producers are MA Fortin, Joshua John Miller, David Friendly, and Pancho Mansfield.

Fortin and Miller wrote the pilot.

Queen of the South is due to air on the US cable network in 2016.

The drama is the third pilot to be ordered to series from USA’s 2014/15 development slate. Others previously announced include Complications, and Mr Robot.


USA reveals latest development slate

It’s that time of year when USA Network unveils its development slate for the forthcoming year.

USA Network

USA Network

Here they are:

Paradise Pictures: Ambitious people strive to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood. From Universal Cable Productions, it is written by Rick Muirragui, who executive produces with Aaron Korsh.

Starchitects: A workplace drama set in the world of architecture and design, following a young architect taking on the cutthroat competition at a top firm in Los Angeles. Produced by Endemol Shine Studios and Universal Cable Productions, writer Mark Steilen executive produces with Christina Wayne, Catherine Hardwicke, and co-executive producer Miura Kite.

Amped: A neurotic family man buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus – but gets more than he bargained for. Based on a new DC Entertainment comic book by writer Eric Kripke, who executive produces for Kripke Enterprises in association with Warner Horizon Television.

The Tap: Set at Yale University in 1969, a student is recruited into the country’s two most secretive and powerful organisations – the CIA, and Skull and Bones. From Universal Cable Productions, writers Andrew Lenchewski and Aaron Tracy executive produce with Rob Reiner, Alan Greisman, and Charlie Ebersol.

Mythos: A man is caught in the middle of two opposing groups when his wife mysteriously disappears. Produced by Universal Cable Productions and Denver & Delilah Productions, it is written by Spenser Cohen and executive produced by Charlize Theron, Laverne McKinnon, and Anna Halberg.

AWOL: An ex-military operative experiences trouble re-entering the real world and providing for his family, leading him into Los Angeles’ criminal underworld. Writers Carey and Shane Van Dyke executive produce with Len Wiseman, Mike Connolly, and Andrew Plotkin for Fox 21 Television Studios.

Swamplandia: Based on Karen Russell’s book, this is an offbeat drama about the owners of Florida’s top alligator-wrestling theme park. Writer Liz Tigelaar executive produces with Barry Sonnenfeld for Tigelaar’s Best Day Ever, in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Cooley & The Tank: The series goes behind the secnes of the fictional 1981 detective drama of the same name to explore the lives of its two feuding stars. From Universal Cable Productions and Rain Management, writers Daniel Arkin and Anton Cropper executive produce with Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.

Mile High: Two best friends – a Wall Street broker and a struggling entrepreneur – team up to capitalise on the newly legalised cannabis enterprise in Colorado. Produced by Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, writer Josh Parkinson executive produces with Lorenzo di Boneventura and Dan McDermott.

The Recessionistas: A limited series based on Alexandra Lebenthal’s book, a group of elite Manhattan women and their ruthless Wall Street husbands must adjust to a new world order after the 2008 financial collapse. From Universal Cable Productions, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen executive produce, with writer Melissa London Hilfers as the co-executive producer.

USA has previously announced the pilot for Shooter, based on the Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 film of the same name. The series follows a highly decorated Marine sniper who is on the run after falsely accused of trying to kill the president. Written by John Hlavin, it is coproduced by Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions, with executive producers Mark Wahlberg of Closest to the Hole Productions, Stephen Levinson of Leverage Entertainment, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

USA has also ordered to pilot Falling Water, while Queen of the South remains in contention for a series order.

USA’s trip to Stanistan cancelled

USA Network is not moving forward with its pilot Stanistan.

USA Network

USA Network

From Universal Cable Productions, it followed the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where state department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists operate in a delicate balance of danger and silliness using every coping mechanism available.

It is written by Andy Parker, who is also a supervising producer. Richard Scarth, Mary Louise Vitelli and Maureen A Ryan are co-executive producers. Steve Scheffer is the executive producer.

Jennifer Carpenter and Jonathan Cake starred in the pilot.

USA grows Colony

USA Network is shaping its 2015 schedule with the addition of another original drama.

USA Network

USA Network

The cable channel is taking its Colony pilot to series, ordering a ten-part season from producers Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.

Set in a near future Los Angeles, the story follows a family torn apart by opposing forces as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race. The city exists in a state of occupation by a force of outside intruders. Some people choose to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences.

The cast includes Josh Halloway, and Sarah Wayne Callies. It is executive produced by writers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal.

Filming will take place in Los Angeles.

This is the fourth original drama added to USA’s 2015 slate. The others include hacker drama Mr Robot, starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek; event series Dig, an international murder mystery starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche from executive producers Tim Kring and Gideon Raff; and unpredictable thriller Complications, from executive producer Matt Nix and starring Jason O’Mara and Jessica Szohr.

USA ends Covert Affairs

USA Network has ended its original series Covert Affairs after five seasons.

Covert Affairs

Covert Affairs

The show’s star Piper Perabo said on Twitter:

The drama, created by Matthew Corman and Chris Ord, saw Perabo play a young CIA operative whose exceptional linguistic skills and killer instinct make her invaluable to the agency.

From Universal Cable Productions, Covert Affairs was created, written and executive produced by Corman and Ord, and is executive produced by Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein through Hypnotic.  Stephen Kay and Sean Ryerson are also executive producers.

USA builds Mr Robot

USA Network is going to series with its hacker drama Mr Robot (working title).

USA Network

USA Network

The cable network has placed a ten-part order for the show, which is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

The story follows a young programmer who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about.

Writer Sam Esmail executive produces with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton.

The series stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and Martin Wallstrom.

Mr Robot is the first series pick-up from USA’s 2015/16 pilot slate. Other pilots under consideration include Colony, from Carlton Cuse; Stanistan, from Universal Cable Productions; Queen of the South, based on La Reina del Sur; and Evil Men.

USA makes return to Graceland

USA Network has ordered a third season of its original drama Graceland.



The series, from creator Jeff Eastin, follows a group of elusive undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and ICE who live together.

USA has commissioned a 13-part third season of Graceland, which is produced by Fox Television Studios. Eastin is also the executive producer.

USA has previously ordered new seasons of Suits, Satisfaction and Royal Pains, and four pilots – Mr Robot, Colony, Stanistan, and Queen of the South.

USA Network still has Royal Pains

Medical drama Royal Pains has been greenlit for two new seasons.

Royal Pains

Royal Pains

The USA Network series will return for season seven in 2015 and season eight in 2016 – when it will celebrate its 100th episode.

Royal Pains is set at the HankMed, a concierge medical practice serving the Hamptons. It stars Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay, and Ben Shenkman.

It is produced by Universal Cable Productions. Writer Andrew Lenchewski executive produces with Michael Rauch, Rich Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz, and Paul Frank from Prospect Park.

USA Digs for more episodes

USA Network has ordered an additional four episodes of its forthcoming drama Dig.

USA Network

USA Network

The series, which will now have ten episodes, tells the story of a murder mystery set against the backdrop of modern-day Jerusalem.

It stars Jason Isaacs, David Costabile, Richard E Grant, Regina Taylor, Lauren Ambrose, Alison Sudol, Omar Metwally, and Ori Pfeffer.

Dig is executive produced by Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, and produced by Universal Cable Productions. It was developed by Keshet, in association with The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman, and Gene Stein. Keshet’s Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, and Karni Ziv also executive produce.

Dig debuts on USA on March 5, 2015.