amy-poehler-carlton-cuse-USA-network-2014-schedule.jpgUSA Network has announced its slate of new programming that is in development for the 2014-15 season, and it is extensive.

The channel is developing seven dramas, five comedies and two limited series, including “Stanistan,” a CIA-themed drama set in a fictional country that will focus on State Department workers who walk the fine line between danger and silliness “using every coping mechanism available.” Written by Andy Parker, who is also supervising producer, Richard Scarth, Mary Louise Vitelli and Maureen Ryan (“Project Nim”) serving as co-executive producers. Steve Scheffer is executive producing.

In addition to “Stanistan,” here are the slew of other shows in development at USA.


“Boom”: A young couple moves to a contemporary boomtown in North Dakota in pursuit of the American dream and are seduced by the sudden wealth of frontier life. Writer-director Josh Pate (“Surface”) co-wrote the project with author Rodes Fishburne (“Going to See the Elephant”) and executive produces with Tony Krantz (“24”).

“Brand”: Executive produced by Jodie Foster, Bob Cooper (“Stargate SG-1”) and writer Bill Wheeler, “Brand” follows a charismatic man who found his way out of addiction and lawlessness when he was born again into the Christian faith of his youth, joining his brother ministering a small, local church. Consumed with reaching the unsaved “by any means necessary,” his obsession grows when confronted by a brand-new mega church poised to crush his ministry. Foster will direct the pilot. J.J. Jamieson (“The Wives He Forgot”) also executive produces.

“Colony”: In 2015, Los Angeles exists in a state of occupation. Some collaborate with the alien authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences.  “Colony” is a naturalistic drama about a family torn apart by those opposing forces, making difficult choices as they balance keeping their family together with the struggle of the human race. It is written and executive produced by Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Ryan Condal (the upcoming “Hercules”).

“The Farm”: On one of the last big family-owned farms in the Midwest, a father fights psychological and diabolical horrors in an effort to save those closest to him from a long-buried evil that has taken control of his only daughter. Brandon Camp (“John Doe”) created the show and executive producers Dawn Olmstead (“Prison Break”), Michael Bay (“Transformers” films), Andrew Form (upcoming “The Last Ship”) and Brad Fuller (upcoming “The Last Ship”).

“Control”: The series explores the high-intensity and contentious world of air traffic control in one of America’s busiest airports, centering on a charismatic, foul-mouthed optimist who has just ascended to the ranks of manager in an environment where union vs. management is a constant, near-violent struggle. From writer and executive producer Rashad Raisani (“Burn Notice”) and executive producers Larry Shuman (“Devious Maids”) and David Wolthoff, based on the book “Hidden America” by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

“Mr. Robot”:
A drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder. He decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them and wields his skills as a weapon to protect those he cares about from those who are trying to hurt them.  Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for, his alter-ego hacking exploits at night and the underworld hacking organization trying to recruit him to help bring down the one percent. From writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (“Comet”) and Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”) from Anonymous Content.


“Difficult People”: The previously announced pilot from Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, who star as pop culture-loving best friends who hate everyone except each other. Klausner is writing the pilot presentation and Andrew Fleming (“Hamlet 2”) will direct. Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) is an executive producer along with Dave Becky and Michele Armour.

“Love the One You’re With”:
This is a modern day love story about a free-spirited woman who reluctantly falls in love with a Type-A man 14 years her junior. Karen McCullah (“Legally Blonde”) is writing the pilot script and executive producing along with David Janollari. 

A longtime friendship is put to the test when Danny Perkins (Michael Urie), a struggling documentarian, becomes a personal assistant to his friend Anna Grant, an unlucky-in-love real estate heiress with a floundering career. Universal Cable Productions is producing with writer and executive producer Jon Tolins (“Queer as Folk”), co-executive producer Urie (“Ugly Betty”), and executive producers Jeff Kwatinetz (“Unstoppable”) and Josh Barry (“Salem”) of Prospect Park.

A single-camera comedy about the employees of a popular Colorado ski resort. The series centers on a young man who thinks he’s in charge and the woman from corporate who knows she is. From writers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier (“Better Living Through Chemistry”) and executive producers Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple of Iron Ocean Films.

“Royal”: From the writer of “Gran Torino” (Nick Schenk), “Royal” is a fresh spin on family comedy. The title character is a recently defected Hells Angel who has moved to the suburbs to care for his deceased sister’s children, but the transition between the two worlds proves to be very difficult for him. Sony Pictures Television is producing with executive producers Schenk, Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me”), Michael Wimer (“Rake”) and Guymon Casady (“The Expendables 2”) of Management 360.
Limited series:

“Border Lord”: From executive producers Greg Nava (“Selena”) and Gil Netter (“Life of Pi”), “Border Lord” is the origin story of the Mexican drug cartels and how they derived from one family in San Diego. In order to protect his business from law enforcement, a patriarch splits his organization among his extended family, but money trumps blood relations as greed and hubris destroys the once tight-knit family. Barbara Martinez-Jitner (“Bordertown”) serves as executive producer and will write along with Nava.

“The Swap”:
Struggling to save her marriage, a woman convinces her workaholic husband to ‘swap homes’ with another couple so they can take their family on a much needed dream vacation to the Cook Islands. Their dream quickly turns into a nightmare that includes a murder investigation, a kidnapping gone wrong and an international corporation on the verge of collapse. “The Swap” is written and executive produced by Josh Berman (“Drop Dead Diva”). Jill Green (“The American”) and Acorn Productions also serve as executive producers.

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