USA NETWORK GREENLIGHTS ORIGINAL HALF HOUR COMEDY PILOT “DIVIDE & CONQUER”
Follows Series Pickups For SIRENS and PLAYING HOUSE and Pilot Order LOVE IS DEAD
Top Television Comedy MODERN FAMILY Joins Network Lineup September 24
NEW YORK – May 22, 2013 – USA Network today greenlit a new original half hour comedy pilot with an order for DIVIDE & CONQUER from executive producer and writer Peter Ocko (FAIRLY LEGAL, “The Office,” “Pushing Daisies”). The news comes on the heels of the network’s first comedy series pickups for SIRENS and PLAYING HOUSE and a pilot order for LOVE IS DEAD. The network’s first original comedies are slated to premiere in first quarter 2014, following the launch of the award-winning and top-rated comedy MODERN FAMILY, on USA on Tuesday, September 24 at 8/7c.
DIVIDE & CONQUER is a family comedy about love, support, attention and all the other things parents do to mess up their kids. In a world where failure is the new F-word, and normal is the new stupid, Ben and Charlotte are just hoping their kids make it out of the house someday. DIVIDE & CONQUER gets into the heads of a big family: four children finding their way to adulthood in these complicated times, and the parents whose lives they’re sucking dry to get there. Written and executive produced by Ocko, the pilot is from Universal Cable Productions.
From the distinct comedic point of view of Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”) and Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”), SIRENS follows three of Chicago’s best EMTs whose sometimes silly, self-righteous and even self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupations. They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone who winds up in their ambulance. Based on a UK format, SIRENS stars Michael Mosley (“Pan Am”), Kevin Daniels (“Modern Family”), Jessica McNamee (“The Vow”) and Kevin Bigley (“Game Change”). Leary and Fisher co-wrote the pilot and both executive produce the series. Jim Serpico (“Rescue Me”) of Apostle, and Hal Vogel, David Aukin (“Hyde Park on Hudson”), and David Leach of Daybreak Pictures also executive produce. Filmed on location in Chicago, the series is from Apostle and Fox Television Studios, in conjunction with Daybreak Pictures.
Burn Notice has been issued a burn notice of its own.
The drama’s upcoming seventh season will be its last, USA Network announced on Friday. “Goodbye fans,” star Jeffrey Donovan tweeted of the news. “Enjoy our last season. Thank you for all your support. Make it go out with a bang!”
Burn Notice kicks off its 13-episode final season on June 6, during which it will hit the 100 episode milestone.
“Burn Notice has had an incredible run over the last six years, and we could not be more proud of the extraordinary talent both in front of and behind the cameras who have collectively made this show into one of the most popular and lauded shows on TV today,” Chris McCumber, USA Network co-president, said in a statement.
Jeff Wachtel, co-president of USA Network, added, “”From day one, Burn Notice‘s characters, storylines and mythology have consistently captivated a massive audience, and this final season will raise the stakes even higher, leading up to a spectacular series finale.”
The drama also stars Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless and Coby Bell.
USA Network has unveiled its jam-packed summer schedule, including the return of five established shows and the premieres of new drama Graceland and reality series Summer Camp.
First up, Burn Notice‘s seventh season kicks off Thursday, June 6 at 9/8c, followed by the premiere of Graceland (from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin) at 10/9c. The latter, which stars Rescue Me‘s Daniel Sunjata and Les Miserables‘ Aaron Tveit, revolves around a group of undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and US Customs working together under one roof.
Royal Pains launches its fifth season on Wednesday, June 12 at 9/8c, followed by the third season opener of Necessary Roughness at 10/9c.
Covert Affairs returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, July 16 at 9/8c, with the third season premiere of Suits bowing at 10/9c.
Lastly, Summer Camp — which centers on “16 adults from all walks of life indulging in over-to-top competitions inspired by classic camp games” — will open sometime in July.
White Collar will return in the fall.
John Stamos, after shooting his lead role in the pilot for NBC’s I Am Victor, will tackle a season-long arc on USA Network’s Necessary Roughness.
As first reported by Deadline, Stamos will appear throughout the dramedy’s 10-episode Season 3 as Connor McClane, the founder of a global sports/entertainment management conglom who is determined to add Callie Thorne’s Dr. Dani to his team.
Stamos will fit his Necessary gig between lensing House EP Katie Jacobs’ I Am Victor — in which he stars as an unapologetic, high-powered divorce attorney — and the first season of that NBC drama, if it gets ordered to series.
Necessary Roughness returns to the USA line-up sometime this summer.