News Briefs: USA Orders Two New Series and Puts Eight More in Development

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USA UPFRONTS NEWS

... USA Network also held an Upfront presentation this week, and revealed a ton of stuff. Let's run it down:

ORDERED TO SERIES

Sirens is a (presumably single-camera) half-hour comedy following Chicago EMTs as they drive around town in an ambulance saving lives. Michael Mosley (Pan Am), Kevin Daniels (Modern Family), and Jessica McNamee (The Vow) star.

Playing House is a single-camera half-hour comedy from the Best Friends Forever team of Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham (pictured above); they star as best friends who reunite when one asks the other to attend her baby shower. 

PILOT ORDERED

Horizon is an hour-long drama produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead). Set during WWII, it follows a secretary for the FBI who digs around files codenamed "Horizon" and learns that the project might be connected to her husband's death and the disappearance of a young girl. And also undercover Nazi spies! 

IN DEVELOPMENT

The Arrangement, based on an Elmore Leonard story about a Colombian woman who marries a Miami politician to help him gain a foothold in Florida politics. 

The Edge, about a man who joins a progressive investment firm only to learn that *surprise* it's full of jerks who don't care about anything but money.

Complications, about an ER doctor whose life changes after a gang shooting. From Burn Notice creator Matt Nix.

Bank, about a young female FBI agent who, after a heroic act, gets to choose her department and shockingly takes over the division in charge of bank robberies. 

Blanco County, based on the books by Ben Rehder, follows a man who returns to his small Texas hometown and becomes the sheriff. From Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars).

Don't Turn Around, which is basically Harper's Island, down to the limited-run setup. The staff of a small island resort start dying mysteriously and they have to figure out whodunnit.

Hungry, about a young chef opening a hot new restaurant in New York. Loosely based on restauranteur Joe Bastianich's book Restaurant Man

Shadow Counsel, about a New York lawyer who operates classified cases behind the scenes, but ends up getting wrapped up in something greater. 

Is it just me or do all these sound boring? Like, every single one, boring. [USA via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... HBO has done the right thing and picked up Mike Judge's untitled comedy set in Silicon Valley. The series follows a group of techy nerds as they enjoy, or just try to handle, success. T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, and the very hilarious Kumail Nanjiani star. This will probably be very funny. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The online versions of All My Children and One Life to Live will scale back to two episodes a week, because this thing was doomed from the start and both shows should've ended when they were canceled by ABC. [TV Guide]

... Green Bay Packers fans will reportedly get their own reality show on TBS called Cheeseheads. Raiders fans were initially approached, but they stabbed all the casting agents. [ReelScreen]


CASTING NEWS

... There's a report out there that Saturday Night Live might also be losing Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis. It makes sense, since everyone else who's considered a veteran is also leaving. Seth Meyers and Bill Hader are already confirmed to be exiting after this weekend's finale. [NY Post]

... Forget everything I said the other day about Shakira not coming back to The Voice, because she is a big fat liar. Well, a big liar. Well, a liar. She IS coming back, and Usher is, too, but not in the fall. The Voice will use a half-different set of judges for its fall and spring seasons, with CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera returning for the fall, and Usher and Shakira replacing them in the spring. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will remain on board for both cycles. I don't want to start any trouble or anything, but it seems to me that NBC thinks black men and Latino women are interchangeable, but white men are not. Hey, just an observation! [EW]

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