USA Announces New Projects from Amy Poehler, Jodie Foster and Lost's Carlton Cuse
It has also given a cast-contingent pilot pickup for the drama Stanistan, which tells the story of the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, including State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists.
The comedy pilot Difficult People stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as pop culture-loving best friends in New York City who hate everything except each other. Poehler and Dave Becky are executive-producing, and Klausner is writing the pilot. (Watch episodes of Eichner’s Billy on the Street here.)
Foster is producing a drama called Brand, about a born-again Christian man who ministers with his brother at a small, local church and is consumed by reaching the unsaved “by any means necessary.” Foster is executive-producing with Bob Cooper, J.J. Jamieson and writer Bill Wheeler, and is also directing the pilot episode.
Cuse is teaming up with Ryan Condal to produce the drama Colony, which is set in 2015, with Los Angeles existing in a state of occupation by alien authorities. Some residents collaborate with the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences, and Colony follows a family divided by those choices.
Get details on the other projects USA has in development below. Which ones would you watch?
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 will executive-produce with Tony Krantz (24).
The Farm: On one of the last great family-owned farms in the Midwest, a father must battle horrors both psychological and diabolical in an effort to save those closest to him from a long-buried evil that has taken control of his only daughter. Brandon Camp, Dawn Olmstead, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will executive-produce, with Camp writing.
Control: Based on the book Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas and set in the high-intensity and contentious world of air traffic control in one of America’s busiest airports, Control features 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. Writer Rashad Raisani will executive-produce with Larry Shuman and David Wolthoff.
Mr. Robot: Mr. Robot follows Elliot, a young programmer who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. From writer and executive producer Sam Esmail, Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton.
Border Lord: This project tells the origin story of Mexican drug cartels and how they derived from one family in San Diego. From producers Gil Netter (Life of Pi) and Greg Nava (Selena), who will co-write with executive producer Barbara Martinez-Jitner.
The Swap: A woman who’s trying to save her marriage convinces her workaholic husband to swap homes with another couple. But their dream vacation in the Cook Islands quickly turns into a nightmare that includes a murder investigation and a kidnapping gone wrong. Josh Berman will write and executive-produce with Jill Green.
Love the One You’re With: 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 is writing the pilot script and executive producing with David Janollari.
Majordomo: 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. Urie is also executive-producing with Jon Tolins, Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry.
Moguls: This single camera comedy follows the employees of a popular Colorado ski resort, particularly a young man who thinks he’s in charge and the woman from corporate who knows she is. Geoff Moore and David Posamentier will write, and Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple will executive-produce.
Royal: 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. Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) will write and executive-produce, along with Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer and Guymon Casady.